Here is a part f the interview.
“Among them was Lucia Verdacchi Pinelli, who makes extra virgin olive oil atFontanaro Estate in Umbria. Her oil took home a Silver Award at the 2014 NYIOOC, but she and her partner were forced to bow out in 2015. “Last year we did not produce at all,” she said, because of the poor conditions. “It was so sad to let the fruits go unpicked.”
The crippling harvest caused a reduced Italian presence at NYIOOC with 100 entries compared to 141 in 2014. This year, Italy’s showing was stronger than ever. The country sent nearly 200 brands to compete for the coveted Silver, Gold and Best in Class awards — a strong sign of resurgence. 58 percent of Italian entrants received awards — the highest success rate among the major participating countries.
“We are in love with everything about olive oil,” said Pinelli, whose family has been producing oil for five generations in the hills surrounding the Trasimeno. At their own mill, olives are cold pressed within three hours of the olive picking to guarantee the very best quality. “For us, olive oil is life.”
Her family’s dedication and her olive oil’s sky-high quality earned Fontanaro a Gold Award this year. “I am so pleased,” she said, beaming with joy and pride. “Our friends know what we do, our family knows, but what I find is amazing is that the knowledge outside Italy is growing, thanks to the NYIOOC.”
We are proud to offer you one of the healthiest gourmet organic extra virgin olive oil.
Also this year we are rated among the 18 best in all of Italy with the Slow Food Snail 2016 selection.
Il Fontanaro olive oil received 2 leaves from Gambero Rosso, Oli D’Italia 2016
Il Fontanaro Awards
DESCRIPTION OF THE SENSORY PROFILES OF FONTANARO OLIVE OIL
“This oil is strongly characterised by the freshly mown grass odour. Artichoke, green olive and fresh almond add complexity to the flavour. The south side of the spider plot with bitterness and the complex of chemesthetic sensations of pungency and peppery set the intense sensory background of this oil”
Gambero Rosso – 3 foglie 2014
For Flos Olei 2015, Il Fontanaro has been declared excellent.
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Same rate for the Italian Association of Olive Oil Sommelier in 2010, 11 and 12.
Also in 2009 il Fontanaro Extra Virgin olive oil has been selected amon the best italian olive oil by il Slow Food with the award: Olio Extra Vergine dell’Emozione.