Extra virgin olive oil is a dime a dozen in Tuscany, right? Think again. Quality EVOO is far more than olive harvests and press. It’s all about prestige and no one does it better than Frescobaldi, Tuscany’s heritage wine making family with a fiefdom of olive groves all over the region. Laudemio Frescobaldi is the family’s passion project and part of the Laudemio Consortium in which independent historical olive estates set strict guidelines for prestige cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.
In this episode Matteo Frescobaldi shares his family history and divulges on Laudemio, an EVO that is infused with Frescobaldi’s millennia-spanning heritage.
Head due east of Florence to the Chianti region to find the beautiful, one-thousand-year old Castello Nipozzano, a gem in the vineyard estate treasures of Frescobaldi. The Marchesi di Frescobaldi have been pioneering Italy’s wine industry for more than 30 generations with tens of Lambertos, Matteo, Bartolomeos, Leonardos and Dianas, and it’s on the castle’s medeival walls where you’ll find an intricate fresco detailing the Frescobaldi family tree.
Castel Nipozzano is surrounded by more than 626 hectares beautiful vines, olive trees and forest. It’s here that King Charles III, a princeling, planted an olive tree and a vine. And each year, the harvest of that very tree and more go into Laudemio. The estate is open for tastings and the Frescobaldi host guests in beautifully renovated apartments in the medieval borgo.