Olive Oil

Casa Poggio's south-facing slopes are home to 150 olive trees, some as old as the house itself. For one week every November a team of family and friends gathers to pick the olives by hand.

The result is a typical Sabine extra virgin oil: bright green, grassy and intensely peppery, mellowing in time to a smoother, more golden product. Olive oil from the Sabine Hills is so prized by Italians it was the first to be given protected status ('D.O.P'). If you'd like to take part in a harvest or purchase olive oil (£6-£10 a bottle) contact tessa@dial.pipex.com

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