Olio di Montagna
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The estate produces small quantities of extra virgin olive oil from their organically grown olives.
80 – 100 year old trees are scattered amongst the vines at high altitudes on the northern face of the volcano. The clean mountain air and rich, mineral volcanic soils make for ideal growing conditions.
The varieties are Nocellara dell’Etna, Brandofino (Randazzese) and San Benedetto. The olives are hand harvest towards the end of October/early November depending on the growing season. They are cold pressed on the day of harvest at a local frantoio, resulting in a vibrant green, herbaceous and spicy extra virgin olive oil.
Total production – 1000 litres
Vino di Anna Olio di Montagna
“Made by the lovely Anna Martens and Eric Narioo, who produce some of my favorite wines on Mount Etna in Sicily. It’s full-bodied and rounded, Good for finishing salads and grilled meats and fish.”
Bon Appetit Magazine
In 2018, a decision was made to obtain several families of bees to help with pollination and promoting bio-diversity in our vineyards and surrounds. Our research led us to Carlo Amodeo, a passionate and fanatical beekeeper situated near Palermo. Carlo, is responsible for preventing the native Sicilian black bee from becoming extinct in the 70s and 80s.
Today, we have five families of black Sicilian bees, which Tonino and Valerio lovingly care for, aided with the assistance of a local beekeeper, Giuseppe Lazzaro. Our bees are housed in our garden at the winery, and also in Vigna Pirao, at 1100 metres of altitude. Both locations are full of trees; birch, beech, chestnut, olive, eucalyptus and pine, fruit trees such as pears, apples, cherries and peaches and are covered in broom and wildflowers during Spring/early Summer.
We usually harvest two honeys a year. The first being a million-flower honey, which is harvested in- late Spring. It is light amber in colour, delicate and floral. The second honey is made in mid- Summer from the flowering of the Chestnut trees. It is darker, richer and more intense in flavour.