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Olive oil

The varieties of olive oil produced in this part of northern Maremma are known to be of high quality.

Within the borough’s borders there are 15 agricultural companies producing their own labelled olive oil, while many olive growers producing oil that is not yet certified take their produce to local olive mills. Many types of locally produced PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) Tuscan, Organic and Kosher Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as well as limited quantities of single variety olive oils, have a fruity taste, while others have a deeper colour and are notable for their ‘spicy’ and slightly bitter taste, which so perfectly matches the flavours typical of Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the olive harvest is taken to the premises of Massa’s cooperative mill, the Frantoio Colline di Massa Marittima, where olives are crushed, the flesh is separated from the stones and where the olives are pressed until fragrant extra virgin olive oil is obtained.

Every year, in ‘honour’ of this product, the association of Mountain Communities of the Colline Metallifere region and the borough council organise an Olive Oil Festival, which in 2008 saw its twelfth edition. This involves a whole day spent presenting the best olive oils from the towns in the Colline Metallifere region, featuring bruschetta toasted bread, taste tests, tasting workshops and a closing awards ceremony with prizes going to the best products. Olive oils entered in the competition are judged using chemical analyses and tests that examine their appearance, fragrance and taste, carried out by a panel from the A.PR.OL. association of Grosseto. Four prizes are awarded in the festival’s four categories: olive oil with ‘light’, ‘medium’ and ‘intense’ fruity flavour as well as a special section for olive mills.
This year, the festival was held under the 14th-century cloisters of the Church of St Augustine on Sunday, 16th March and a stand set aside for glasses of Monteregio DOC-certified wine and local cheeses and cured meats was also set up for the first time.
The festival takes place thanks to the contribution of the city’s associations: the Terziere di Cittanuova, Condotta Slow Food Monteregio and the Monteregio Strada del Vino e dei Sapori of Massa Marittima.