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The Tradition and Excellence of the Oliottaviani Oil Mill

Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia - A journey through the history and quality of extra virgin olive oil.


Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia, a picturesque village in the heart of the Tuscia region, is home to the renowned Oliottaviani oil mill. Our oil mill, with a rich history dating back to the early 1900s, has become a symbol of tradition and quality in the production of extra virgin olive oil. The Ottaviani family's dedication to the art of olive oil has been passed down through generations, starting with Vittorio Ottaviani, who founded the original oil mill in the 1950s.

The oil mill

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The Centenary History of the Oliottaviani Oil Mill: Tradition and Passion in the Art of Olive Oil

In the heart of the picturesque Tuscia Viterbese, a land rich in history and traditions, stands the Oliottaviani oil mill, a symbol of dedication and passion for the art of olive oil production. Our history, deeply rooted in this land, dates back over a century and represents the fruit of generations of commitment and love for our work.

From the Origins to the Present Day

It all began in the early years of 1900/1905, when Vittorio Ottaviani, with vision and determination, founded our oil mill in the historic Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia. In the 1950s, with the innovative spirit that still distinguishes us today, Vittorio renovated the old mill, moving the oil mill to the historic heart of the town, near the suggestive 'Fonte'. The following decade saw a merger with another oil company, bringing the oil mill to Piazza Savoia. But the real revolution came when Vittorio's sons acquired all the company shares, giving birth to a new era for the Oliottaviani oil mill. Under the guidance of Alberto's family, made up of his wife Paola and his sons Simone, Matteo and Alessio, the oil mill has undertaken a path of renewal and internationalisation, conquering markets all over the world, from China to Northern Europe.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A Valuable Heritage

Our extra virgin olive oil is the result of a process that combines tradition and innovation. The olives are harvested fresh and processed within 12 hours, guaranteeing a first pressing product of unparalleled quality. Every drop of our oil contains the passion, dedication and experience of generations. The history of the Oliottaviani oil mill is not just the history of a company, but of a family, of a community and of a tradition that continues to live and prosper. We proudly carry forward the legacy of our ancestors, always looking to the future, seeking new challenges and opportunities. Visit us at Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia and discover for yourself the magic that lies behind every bottle of our precious olive oil.

The Cultivar

The special oil obtained from years of harvesting and purchasing Canino olives.


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Olive Cultivation and Harvesting

The Oliottaviani oil mill sources its olives from the fertile regions of Blera, Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia, Vetralla and Barbarano. These areas are renowned for their rich soil and favorable climate, which contribute to the high quality of the olives. The main cultivar used is the Canino variety, known for its robust flavor and high oleic acid content. The olives are harvested using traditional methods to ensure minimal damage to the fruit, essential for maintaining the quality of the oil.

Olive Oil Extraction Process

The extraction process at the Oliottaviani oil mill uses both traditional and modern techniques to maximize efficiency and quality. The olives are first cleaned and then crushed into a paste. This paste undergoes kneading, a process in which it is slowly shaken to allow the drops of oil to coalesce. The malaxation process is carefully controlled to preserve the phenolic compounds, responsible for the antioxidant properties and distinctive taste of the oil.

Product Offers

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO): Oliottaviani offers a range of extra virgin olive oils, including the monocultivar Canino variety. This oil is rich in oleic acid and antioxidants, making it a healthy choice for consumers. EVOO is available in various packaging options, for individual consumers and wholesale buyers.
  • Organic and Vegan Products: In response to the growing demand for sustainable and ethical products, Oliottaviani has developed a line of organic and vegan olive oils. These products are certified organic and vegan, ensuring that no animal products or derivatives are involved in production.
  • Cosmetic Products: Oliottaviani also offers a collection of organic and vegan cosmetics, taking advantage of the beneficial properties of olive oil. These products include skin care items such as moisturizers, cleansers, and anti-aging creams.

Technology and Innovation

The Oliottaviani oil mill has also marked important technological progress. While maintaining traditional methods of oil extraction, the mill has incorporated modern machinery to improve efficiency and quality. The introduction of cutting-edge milling equipment has enabled a more precise and hygienic extraction process, ensuring that the oil retains its natural flavors and nutritional properties. This combination of tradition and innovation has been a cornerstone of the mill's success.

Commitment to Quality and Sustainability

Quality control is a critical aspect of the production process at the Oliottaviani oil mill. Each batch of olive oil undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets the highest standards of purity and quality. Parameters such as acidity, peroxide value and phenolic content are monitored meticulously. The company is also committed to sustainability, implementing practices that minimize environmental impact and promote the long-term health of olive groves.

Expansion into International Markets

In recent years, Frantoio Oliottaviani has expanded its reach beyond local and regional markets. The company now exports its products to various European countries and beyond. This expansion was facilitated by the establishment of an online store, Tusciastore, which allows customers from all over the world to purchase their products. The mill offers a range of products, including extra virgin olive oil, olive-based cosmetics and wine, catering to a diverse customer base.

Cultural Activities and Community Commitment

The Oliottaviani oil mill is not only a commercial entity, but also a cultural center. Organize various activities to engage the community and promote the cultural heritage of olive oil production. These activities include guided tours of the oil mill, olive oil tasting sessions, and educational courses on olive cultivation and oil production. The oil mill also hosts recreational and cultural events, attracting visitors from different parts of the world. This commitment has helped preserve traditional practices and educate new generations about the importance of olive oil in their cultural heritage.