The Organic Advantage
The Villa Gabriella Point Of Difference
Referencing the healthy traditions of sustainable agriculture, the olive groves & vineyard are an ecosystem jewel. An example of Mother Nature's innate biodiversity of checks and balances; Cover crops, bugs, bees, birds, bats coexist to monitor the working farm’s health, controlling insects & weeds while helping maintain the proper balance of their populations so the olive trees can thrive.
Our philosophy comes from a dedicated commitment to freshness of flavors and the pureness of olive fruit in each phase of the process, while the olive grove benefits from an ideal climate, location and soil, organic cultivation practices and production. Our commitment is consistent from the vine to the finished bottled product, we cultivate our own olive grove and do not use fruit from 3rd party co-packers. This means keeping close to the groves in a very intimate manner, the fruits are carefully monitored, nourished and nurtured each day for a healthy balance in the soil, assuring the overall "wellbeing" of the trees for high quality olives and clean, fresh and delicious tasting olive oil.
Pure, quality olives, we forego chemicals in favor of natural techniques starting with a common-sense approach, using composts, natural fertilizers and substances (fava beans, cow pies & sheep dung) in permitted, measured quantities. As the harvest becomes closer, individual trees are inspected daily to maximize the flavor of the fruit. Our harvests are 100% completed by hand in small lots so the olives do not bruise and macerate.
We submit to regular ICEA & MIPAAF auditing inspections to ensure each of our practices meet The Italian National Organic Program standards. Tests and certifications are conducted during the growing season, before and after bottling guaranteeing organic authenticity and integrity. Both entities have reciprocity with the U.S. National Organic Program (NOP). Villa Gabriella extra virgin olive oil reflects the uniqueness of each harvest together with the olive grove’s fresh and pure expression of the fruit to produce clean, delicious oil each with the distinct terroir unique to Tuscany.
As part of the Mediterranean diet, quality, extra virgin olive oil offers a multitude of benefits in addition to great taste. A natural boost to the immune system, olive oil helps protect against viruses, is effective in defending against heart disease, even rheumatoid arthritis. Rich in polyphenols, natural antioxidants, especially vitamins E & K, olive oil does not oxidize in the body & is low in polyunsaturated fats. Many health care professionals recommend two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil each day for optimum health & well-being.