“OliTucci Innovative Agricultural Farm” was born from a dream of Guglielmo Scalise, soldier and scholar, who, emigrating to the North at the beginning of the 20th century, never stopped maintaining a solid bond with his own land, Calabria in the South of Italy.
He bought a property with olive tree fields, a small citrus tree field and a farmhouse not far from Marcellinara (Catanzaro, Italy) and then built more farmhouses dedicated to farming activity and homes for farmers.
Thanks to the hard work of the local farmers who handed down their skills and knowledge in the cultivation of olives over the years, the property was enriched with new olive oil fields up to the current 17 hectares, of which 10 are olive trees field.
The land extends in the country of Calabria region in “Contrada Licari”, at the gates of the town of Marcellina; it is divided into two bodies, the first of which (about 10 hectares) comprising the rural houses, a part of the olive fields,the citrus field and the oak woods and cork oaks, the second entirely dedicated to olive trees that covers about 7 hectares.
Most of the olive trees are of the “Carolea” cultivar, that is native of that territory.
The story now goes on with Fabio, the grandson, who with the same passion in 2015 decided to reorganize the property according to the most innovative methodologies. He turned to CREA, Research Centre for Olive, Citrus and Tree Fruit, Council for agricultural research and economics, Rende, Center of excellence in studies on the olive supply chain, to undertake a process of agronomic reorganization of the company.
After less than a year, a high quality extra virgin olive oil “Armonliva” was produced and the property was entrusted to the expert hands of his friend Paolo Tucci.
The evaluation of the 2017 Armonliva extra virgin olive oil provided by professional tasters of the CREA, Research Centre for Olive, Citrus and Tree Fruit, Council for agricultural research and economics, Rende, gave the following response:
The oil has a fruity green olive with strong hints of bitter almond and wild herbs with a slight hint of aromatic.To the taste initially the bitter almond is imposed followed by the wild rocket, from the field herbs.It embellishes the whole with a slight but lasting note of oregan.
Bitter and spicy are decisive and persistent.
The farm has ancient roots not only because it was born from the dream of an emigrant in love with his own land of origin, but above all because it extends in a territory that is historically devoted to the cultivation of olive trees. It now lives a second youth. The target is now to produce a very high quality extra virgin olive oil dedicated to the “premium” market. To this goal, it is proposed to act in three directions:
1) Use the best agronomic practices to improve the quality of the finished product, favoring quality over oil yield. To this goal, cooperations with research institutes on the olive supply chain have been consolidated and will be expanded in the future, for example with the CREA, Research Centre for Olive, Citrus and Tree Fruit, Council for agricultural research and economics, Rende.
2) Use “Precision Olive Farming” practices aimed at maximizing the quality of the product and preserving the soil that produces it in view of an eco-sustainability of resources, preserving over time the fertility of the soil and environmental resources (primarily the water resource). To this goal, cooperations will be established with various research institutions in Italy and worldwide.
3) Complete traceability of the production chain “from the field to the consumer”; The Olitucci farm proposes itself as a “field of experimentation” for the implementation of a complete automatic and electronic traceability system, in cooperation with the innovative start-up SISSPre srl, Italian Society for Precision Systems and Services.