Puglian brothers Luca and Giuseppe Esposito released their first commercially produced Le Ferre oil following the 2000 harvest.
Based in the town of Castellaneta – the birthplace of silent movie star Rodolfo Valentino – they were the first in Puglia to produce a single-variety oil from the Coratina variety.
Giuseppe Esposito is one of the youngest ‘mastri oleari’ or master oil makers, in Italy. The brothers have their own olive groves and buy-in olives from other high-quality growers, most of whom use Luca and Giuseppe’s agronomist father as a consultant.
The family owns 50 hectares of olive groves at 230 – 290 metres above sea level. The land is well-ventilated with a cool breeze moderating the long, hot, Mediterranean summers, enabling the olives to reach optimum ripeness. They have a few hectares of ‘alberi secolari’ (century-old trees) in Le Ferre, a district so named because of the high levels of iron (ferro) in the soil.
Le Ferre (Puglia) - 5ltr
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