Passion and experience
for a quality olive oil
Pinto Olive Oil is produced in accordance with the long standing experience of the proprietor and in the traditional ways going back at least 1850, three generations alternating the production of olive oil.
This union of ideas, experience and knowledge,are today the foundations of the modern production of the ecological products of Olio Pinto, offering the best quality oil rather than quantity.
The olive orchards, many of which have matured over hundreds of years, are to be found within Casal Velino (Salerno), along the coast of Cilento (Campania, Southern Italy) where conditions for growing olives are perfect. “Cultivar Salella”, (the type of olive trees) are found only in this area and in part within another two villages nearby and are of the highest possible quality.
Cilento Olive Oil and Mediterranean Diet by Ancel Keys
Typical Mediteranean plants particularly found in the lower Mediterranean, are plentiful and true to the strain (olivastri) and are found growing naturally in this area alongside the sea. It is not known exactly when they were first cultivated but these trees are ancient. The olive trees cultivated for the production of our “L’Olio Pinto” have been named “Salella”.
The production is exclusively limited to Casal Velino and Salento residing in theNational Park of Cilentoand the Valley of Diano under the production zone of Cilento Dop. Introduced by the colonies of Magna Grecia (Velia, a colony of Magna Grecia is only 8 km from Casal Velino) in Campania (Southern Italy), this antique cultivated variety comes from the cultivators living locally in the hills of Casal Velino which sweetly rolls down to the sea.
The fruit of the tree still given today is of an oil with unique organic characteristics and above all retains a flavour of the highest quality. Angel Keys, the father of the Mediterranean Diet which is known and appreciated throughout the whole world, has defined it as the Factor of Longlife.
Keys chose to live in Pioppi (near Casal Velino) in the lovely Cilento area of Italy, a coastal town just south of the Gulf of Salerno to carry out studies on human nutrition and share the typical Cilento lifestyle. Now, in honor of Keys, Pioppi is the home of the Mediterranean Diet Association.