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When olive oil is in your blood…

Tenuta Rasciatano is located in the inland of Barletta, halfway between the sea and the hills of Murgia in Apulia (Puglia in Italian) – the heel of the boot. This is an area that has been used for olive farming for hundreds of years. In fact when flying over or driving through its just olive trees for as far as the eye can see. The region of Apulia accounts for over 30% of the entire Italian national olive oil production.

Tenuta Rasciatano, with its 200 hectares and 30,000 Coratina olive trees, has been in the Porro family since 1670 and today is run by Gian Michele Porro. At the tender age of 25, after receiving his Mechanical Engineering degree from La Sapienza University in Rome, Gian Michele decided to take over the family business. His engineering studies prepared him well for his the first challenge of restructuring the frantoio, with the goal of maintaining tradition while introducing modern techniques of oil extraction. Porro also made the bold step of banning all use of pesticides and converting from conventional production to organic.

14 years later, the fruits of his dedication, innovation and enthusiasm is the tremendous success of Tenuta Rasciationo. His Extra Virgin Olive Oils have won numerous awards including “The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Apulia” and the Gold Medal from the Zurich International Competition. “L’Extravergine” – The Guide to the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils consistently ranks Rasciatano products extremely highly. This past year they received an 88/100.

The Olive Oil Merchant is very pleased to be the first to introduce Tenuta Rasciatano Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Canada.

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