Terra d'Otranto Olive Oil P.D.O.
The Terra d’Otranto PDO is reserved for the following typologies of wine: White, Red, Rosé, Spumante and Spumante Rosé.
The Designation also incorporates numerous grape variety specifications.
Terra d’Otranto PDO extra virgin olive oil is a product of excellence from the Region of Puglia, in Southern Italy. It’s obtained from the Cellina di Nardò and Ogliarola varieties of olives, present in the orchards in combinations of at least 60%. Up to 40% of other varieties may be present.
Production Area: The area where Terre d’Otranto PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced and packed is the heel of the Italy’s boot: the South of Puglia. Provinces involved are Lecce, Taranto and Brindisi.
Appearance and Taste: It has a green or yellow color with hints of green. The aroma is moderately fruity with a hint of leaf. The taste is also fruity, with light touches of bitterness and spice.
Origins: The production of olive oil in Southern Puglia is very old, dating back about 8000 years ago. Oil was put on the market since the Middle Age. During the Renaissance, this oil, famous for its quality, was sold upon the borders of the Ottoman Empire.
Production: The harvesting process has to be done not later than the end of January and the maximum production of olives may not exceed 12 tons per hectare. The maximum yield of olives in terms of oil may not exceed 20%.
Gastronomy: The fruity taste of the Terre d’Otranto PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is very good to enrich pasta, vegetables, meat and fish. This oil must be stored far from heat sources, in a temperature between 14°C/57°F and 18°C/64°F.
The production area of Terra d’Otranto PDO is within the entire territory of the provinces of Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto, in the Apulia region.
Operators: Producers 2 / Bottling 1