Riviera Ligure PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a typical product of excellence from the Region of Liguria, in the North-West of Italy. In this area, olive trees are placed on terraces, following the structure of the territory. Produced in the varieties “Riviera dei Fiori”, “Riviera del Ponente Savonese” and “Riviera di Levante”, the names refer to the production area and to the different percentage of the specific varieties of olives being present in the olive groves.
Production Area: Riviera Ligure PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is entirely produced (from the harvesting process to bottling) in the whole territory of Riviera dei Fiori, Riviera del Ponente Savonese, Riviera di Levante in the Region of Liguria, in the North-Western part of Italy.
Appearance and Taste: The varieties “Riviera dei Fiori” and “Riviera del Ponente Savonese” have a mature and fruity aroma and a fruity taste, with strong hints of sweetness. Colors are lightly different: the first variety has a yellow color, while the second one has greenish-yellow shades. Also the variety “Riviera di Levante” has a greenish-yellow color, a mature and fruity aroma and a fruity taste with moderate hints of sweetness and light sensations of bitterness and spice.
Origins: The tradition of olive tree cultivation in the Region of Liguria has a thousand-year old history: its roots date back to 2000 BC. It started with the Romans and continued through the centuries. It was very important during the Middle Age: olive oil and olive tree had a sacred value and they were also crucial for the lighting. The olive oil was also exported in Tuscany and in the North of Europe. During the XIX century, a big industrial production of olive oil started and the Riviera Ligure PDO extra virgin olive oil was exported overseas too.
Production: Riviera Ligure PDO extra virgin olive oil is obtained from the Taggiasca, Lavagnina, Razzola and Pignola varieties of olives. The particularity of these olive trees is that they are placed on terraces. The harvesting process must be done by the end of March each year, then the olives are pressed in the mill. Only after being analyzed and tasted, the Riviera Ligure Extra Virgin Olive Oil is labeled with the PDO mark.
Gastronomy: Riviera Ligure PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect to season every dish, since its delicate flavor does not overwhelm the taste of the food. It’s indicated for typical vegetable and fish dishes, very common in the Region of Liguria, and in the preparation of cakes and biscuits. It should be stored in a cool dark place, at a temperature between 14°C and 18°C (57°F and 64°F), away from heat sources.