There is something completely primordial, natural, almost mystical about turning olives into olive oil. While you are picking olives and your hands become softer from the oil of the fruits you touch, it is as if a part of you returns to ancient times when the winners of the Olympic Games were given olive oil and crowned with olive branches, and when the ancient Greeks believed that, if you anoint Zeus' statue with olive oil, he will be so honored and gift you with a long life.
Olive oil production has a long history in our family, dating back a few hundred years.
We are small producers, so we know our olive groves and the trees in them by heart. Which one has a hole, which one was planted last year, the one that was planted from a sapling and from which a friend fell during the harvest and finished in the emergency room. We are proud of them. In fact, they are members of our big family.
You can find mostly old autochthonous varieties of olive trees, Buža and Rosinjola in our olive groves. They have been present on this Istrian land for centuries and have adapted to it. We want to keep the old varieties because, although they ultimately produce much less oil than some commercial varieties, their oil is special.
Our olive varieties are native Istrian
There is an old saying in Croatia that the vine is like a lover; you have to take very good care of her every day otherwise she will go away. And the olive tree is like a mother; even when you leave her, ignore her, dedicate yourself to something else, when you come back she will welcome you with open arms.