Gourmet Living is proud to introduce its 2016 extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany. This new vintage follows the successful launching our award-winning olive oil last year.
To encourage a wider audience to sample this exceptional Italian EVOO, we are currently offering a 500 ml bottle on sale for just $27.75 (regular price of $34.50). Experience the difference in a genuine extra virgin olive oil.
Last year, my husband and I were in Tuscany in the late fall to watch the harvesting and pressing of this exceptional olive oil. Found below are images of the initial separation of the olives followed by the actual pressing of these olives.
As shown below, the olive oil has a mildly green color. A final filtering process occurs immediately before bottling. Due to strict Italian hygiene regulations, the public is not allowed entry into the bottling facility.
As olive oil connoisseurs know, 2016 was not a great year for many Italian olive oil growers. Gourmet Living is indeed fortunate to source our special blend of olive oil from Pruneti, one of the leading independent producers of olive oil in Italy.
Located in the Tuscan foothills just south of Florence, Pruneti harvests and crushes olives from its own orchards and in a limited number of special situations, permits its award-winning olive oil to be private-labeled.
Toscano is a traditional Italian olive oil blend and of the three main olive varieties from Tuscany: Frantoio (50%), Moraiolo (30%) and Leccino (approximately 20%). This flavorful extra virgin olive oil (“EVOO”) was harvested in late 2016 and will easily last through March, 2019 if unopened.
The 3 varieties of olives used in Toscano are typically harvested in the morning by hand and then crushed in the afternoon to extract the highest quality of oil and the maximum level of freshness and antioxidant compounds. Olives are typically harvested in Tuscany between the 15th of October and the 20th of November. Green or half-colored olives tend to have the best combination of aroma and color.
While over-ripe olives tend to produce a higher yield of oil, its aroma and quality tends to suffer when compared to “younger” olives that have not fully matured. In general, 100 kilos of olives produces roughly 12 kilos of olive oil.
Olive oil yields from Tuscan olive trees tend to be smaller than comparable yields from Spain, Greece and even other regions in Italy. Because they are harvested just as they are beginning to mature, extra virgin olive oils from the Toscano region are generally considered to be the benchmark for all other olive oils.
To insure that Gourmet Living’s olive oil is not contaminated with cheaper blends of uncertain origin, our Toscano EVOO is bottled and sealed in Italy.
Now is your opportunity to purchase this 2016 extra virgin olive from Tuscany for just $27.75 – roughly a 20% saving over its normal retail price of $34.50.