Fattoria Palombaro is situated at the entrance to the atmospheric, noble promontory of Monte del Lago. Set between the walls of the village which jut out over the lake, and surrounded by its olive groves, for almost a century the Fattoria has rigorously and enthusiastically produced the extra-virgin olive oil that has made it famous.
It was in 1927 that Ottavio Palombaro bought the Villa of Monte del Lago, the estate and olive mill from Riccardo Schnabl, friend of the celebrated composer Puccini. The Fattoria covers about 100 hectares over the splendid hills that surround Lake Trasimeno in the heart of Umbria. The part dedicated to olive cultivation has about 12,000 trees, including Moraiolo, Leccino, Frantoio and Dolce Agogia varieties. The centuries-old olive groves face onto an area which is rich and intact from the naturalistic and landscape points of view – Lake Trasimeno is the oldest in Italy.
The extra-virgin olive oil from the Fattoria Luca Palombaro is offered in two versions: the “Belfiore” monocultivar, produced solely from the typical olive variety of Lake Trasimeno called Dolce Agogia, whose name (“sweet drop” in Italian) reflects its delicate, smooth nature; the other is the “Roncone” blend, extra-virgin olive oil for all courses, with a distinctive elegant flavor, the result of the mélange of Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino varieties.
The recently-restored Fattoria enjoys welcoming its guests as friends and letting them discover the ancient techniques of olive-oil production, the land where the olive-groves thrive and the flavour of an oil produced with so much care and attention. Every season has its own charm and tells something about the mill, the history of the Palombaro family and the olive groves.
The Fattoria is also a historical point of reference for the Umbria territory and nearby Tuscany: the ancient “Ziraia”, the room that contains tens of century-old oil jars, is unique of its kind; the stone mill-wheels, the antique presses and the terracotta “scire” to measure the production are all ambassadors of Italian olive oil produced as tradition dictates, witnesses to how much the history and quality of Italian olive oil should be a benchmark for the world.
We were seated in a lovely outdoor setting and learned about olive trees and their cultivation from the owner. Then we moved into the olive oil “factory" where we tasted the extra virgin olive oil. Everyone from our group loved this experience.
Il frantoio è ricco della storia di questa famiglia che ha sempre tramandato conoscenze e mezzi a partire dalle presse per la spremitura a freddo fino ai macchinari moderni che utilizza oggi. Un escursione suggestiva, da visitare e degustare senza dubbio!
La posizione di questa azienda è molto suggestiva e la calma del Lago Trasimeno mi ha fatto sognare. Oltre all’ottima compagnia del proprietario, ho scoperto un olio che sicuramente acquisterò ancora; profumato, gradevole al palato, buonissimo su bruschette e condimenti!