In the Tuscany episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns all about the art of making olive oil.
The focus at Pornanino in Radda in Chianti is on quality. Hand-harvesting olives and gathering them in soft nets helps protect the delicate fruit. The organic olives are picked from 4,000 trees, composed of four types: Frantoio, Pendolino, Moraiolo and Leccino. This combination gives the oil its distinctive spicy taste. The olives are taken to a mill just hundreds of feet from where they are grown. From March through October, every Tuesday at 10 a.m., owner Matteo Robutti presents a seminar on olive oil (10€ per person). Pornanino also offers three vacation villas for rent. For more information, visit: www.oliveoil.chiantionline.com and www.pornanino.com
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