Le Ferre

Puglia, puglia Italy

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 are the first in Puglia to produce a single variety oil from the Coratina variety. Giuseppe Esposito is one of the youngest 'mastro oleario' 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.

The olive harvest in Puglia in 2018 was particularly difficult. A combination of cold weather in March and a very rainy spring affected flowering in the early part of the season. These losses were exacerbated by violent storms later in the year, and by problems due to an advancing plant disease (Xylella Fastidiosa). The result was a 50% drop in production from 2017. While Le Ferre managed to ensure that quality was preserved, prices have had to rise to compensate for the small crop.

 

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