An exacting method
Domenica Fiore olive oil is grown and harvested with methods that work in tandem with the land and ecosystems. Every step of the production is deliberate and designed to best enhance the fruit and its flavor.
The harvest begins in early October, when the days begin to get shorter and cooler. The fruit is all hand-selected. “Veraison” olives in the first stages of ripening are picked first. Although these olives yield less oil than ripe ones, early harvest fruit possesses a high concentration of polyphenols and very low acidity.
The harvest starts at the lower elevations, beginning with Leccino olives, followed by Frantoio, then Moraiolo and Canino. The groves are picked multiple times to ensure a balance of a fruity aroma and green pungency.
The Domenica Fiore milling process uses modern small-batch cold extraction. This highly efficient technology requires very little water, no additional heat and absolutely no solvents. During malaxation, the churning of the olives, the oxygen exposure is carefully calibrated to ensure optimal flavor. The fruit is crushed with pits, because within the white core of the pit lies a subtle flavor that increases the pungency of the oil.
Each Domenica Fiore blend is meticulously designed to create a complex, well-balanced oil that showcases the remarkable flavors of the olives. Olio Novello, for example, contains mostly early harvest Leccino olives and is blended and bottled immediately. Olio Reserva, on the other hand, rests for two months, allowing it to develop its unique flavor. It is blended to the high standards of the DOP Umbria Colli Orvietani. This DOP certification stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta, or Protected Designation of Origin, and means that a regional organization has validated that the oil was produced in a specific region and is of the highest quality.
The freshness of the premium olive oils is preserved in state-of-the-art, nitrogen-sealed 18/10 stainless steel bottles. This packaging not only maintains the vitality and flavor of the oils, it also ensures that the oils retain their high levels of antioxidants.