“Fate decided I was to meet Maurizio, and it took me just a minute to realize that something new and exciting could be achieved. An hour later, after Maurizio Pesucci had indicated a 1000-year-old fresco, he had found by chance on his house’s wall, had talked to me about some 2500-year-old Etruscan tombs he had casually stumbled across his property and showed me his production of Vin Santo and salamis I was enthralled. Something had to be done here…” – Dario Castagno
Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an organic, IGP certified extra virgin olive oil produced in the hills surrounding Radda in Chianti. All Maurizio’s spirit and the passion that comes through in Dario’s prose flows through each drop of this unique oil. Its benefits to excellent health match its elegant character and earthy fragrance, and, like fine wine, its attributes vary annually from harvest to harvest. Authentic and handmade, it’s available in limited supply.
With each year’s late October early November harvest, the Palagio team is committed to shipping this exquisite oil to you to days after the olives were basking in the sun. Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil keeps wonderfully all year as well, until the next harvest and another annual “olio novo” festival!
“The elements include the altitude – which guarantees a more healthful environment that’s less conducive to parasites – the distance from the salty sea breeze, the rocky soil, and, indeed, the young age of the trees. These are the factors that make our oil so prestigious and yet so rare.” – Maurizio Pesucci
“It’s intense freshly mowed grass aroma,” Dario says. “Its dense consistency and deep flavor and the pleasant tickle it leaves behind in the throat delight the palate. These characteristics, added to its irresistibly opaque, almost phosphorescent green hue, make it by far the prince of products in these parts.” Dario Castagno
Nutrition: Healthy and Good For You!
Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil olives are grown in the hills surrounding Radda in Chianti at an altitude that varies from 250 to 500 meters above sea level. The olives are of four varieties – leccino, moraiolo, pendolino, frantoio – and are exclusively hand-picked. Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is ideal for any type of gastronomic purpose and is a cornerstone of a healthy Mediterranean diet.
The nutritional values and benefits of extra virgin olive oil are enhanced by the fact that its composition is equilibrated towards unsaturated, “omega” essential fatty acids: oleic acid (primarily) as well as linoleic and linolenic acids. These fats are known as critical because, not being able to be synthesized by the human organism, they have to be introduced through alimentation. Apart from this particular and nutritionally advantageous composition, the antioxidant properties of extra virgin olive oil, including those derived from vitamins K, A, E and D, are significant to good health.
The Italian certification IGP – Identificazione Geografica Protetta – translated means “protected geographical identification.” The seal is only awarded to products that possess determined quality characteristics that depend primarily on the location of origin and transformation. The principal reason for displaying the IGP seal is to guarantee customers that they are receiving an authentic, high-quality product. It’s also a certification of excellence as determined by the European Common Market.