The land is tilled from three to four times a year. The fertilization is annually carried out using “Speciale Uliveto” a mixed organic and chemical granular fertilizer, and occasionally organic fertilizers, such as “stable manure” and “chicken manure”.
Against olive fly attacks we carry out two treatments: at the beginning of September, applying a third class “acetamiprid-based” product, which has a 21 days waiting period, and at the beginning of October, using “deltamethrin”, a fourth class product, which has a waiting period from 3 to 7 days. However, we perform the last treatment against this kind of parasite (which is the first cause of an increase in free acidity) at least 40 days before the harvest.
The harvest usually begins around 10th-15th November, depending on the climate. The olives are picked from the trees employing compressed air powered harvesters; this allows an effective harvesting and at the same time not harmful to the plant and fruit. Then, they are collected in nets and loaded into a van, which carries them on the same day to the oil mill, where they are pressed within 24 hours (in most cases within 1 hour).
Our olive oil is extracted and packed at the De Cillis Oil Mill S.R.L., located in C.da Specchia di Mare – San Vito dei Normanni (BR) – Italy – which employs a “Rapanelli” continuous system with hammer mills, extraction through three-phase decanter and temperature control under 27°C(cold extraction).