The 2016 Olive Oil campaign has been a bit of a challenge. We found ourselves facing the same problems we encountered during the 2014 campaign: unexpected weather conditions and fruit flies.
In fact, mainly due to an unusual warm winter, fruit flies had the chance to proliferate and eventually damaged our precious olives.
In general, winter in 2015 was warm and seemed more like spring than a real winter. Winter was then followed by a rainy and, again, warm spring. Summer was hot and dry. The combination of all these factors created the perfect condition for the fruit flies to multiply in our Olive Orchards and enjoy our olives.
Luckily, from mid-August the weather changed and temperatures dropped significantly, eventually preventing the fruit flies from creating further damage.
To avoid major problems, we decided to anticipate the picking in order to guarantee the usual quality, even if this meant renouncing to a certain amount of quantity.
At Nittardi we have four different Olive varieties: Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo and Correggiolo. Like any other year, in 2016 we picked the varieties separately to guarantee the optimal ripeness, and employed different pressing processes to suit the needs of each variety.
We started the picking on October 24th with Frantoio, and concluded our harvest on November 7th with Correggiolo.
In the end, the decision to try a soft and, at the same time, fast pressing to avoid oxygen contact proved to be decisive. We can say that we are satisfied with the quality of our Olive Oil, which is very good if enjoyed young.