The olive tree is typically found along the coast
of the Mediterranean countries. The rare exception is that of the
Lake Garda (guard-ah) Basin. Theses olive trees, growing at almost
200 feet above sea level in the hills adjacent to the lake, have
been cultivated for thousands of years. During the Middle Ages this
area was the center of olive oil production for the north. The famous
poet Virgil wrote about the trees in this region in his published
works during the 17th century. The olives of this region are acclaimed
due to the fact that they are grown in such a high altitude where
the soil is dense with minerals. They produce unusually pure and
aromatic oils with a very low acid level. The olives of this region
boast one of the lowest acid levels of any southern oil ever produced.
They are a wonder of nature.
40 years ago the Venturelli family began harvesting the olives
from this famous region with the intent to produce tone of the Mediterranean's
finest extra virgin olive oils. They did, and today, the Venturelli
farm consists of 15,000 acres of lush and impeccably manicures farm
land. A beautifully restored red farmhouse stands tall among the
vast expanse of green acreage and serves as both an olive oil producing
factory and a gourmet food shop that sells high quality balsamic
vinegars, pasta, sauces, jams, honey, coffee, wine, spumanti, and
health olive oil candy.