Oli d'Italia 2022
Despite the consequences of climate change, Italy registered a 15% increase in oil production, with respect to 2020, approaching 2019 in terms of overall output. This year we decided to double our efforts, both when it comes to the Oli d’Italia guide, and in terms of supporting the world of extra virgin olive oil. We decided to start by bringing together all the key players, from growers to producers, from chefs to restaurant owners, into a single network. The result is the Gambero Rosso “Community Olio”, a place where people can stay up to date on the latest industry developments, but above all meet and share their needs, stories and ideas with the understanding that exchange at all levels is a key drivers of growth.
The best olive oils from Friuli Venezia Giulia
Olives have been cultivated in Friuli since ancient Roman times, but the Little Ice Age (1400-1800) brought about historical-economic-cultural changes that caused the practice to be totally abandoned for an extended period. For about 20 years, producers have been enthusiastically relaunching cultivation, with new olive trees planted out across more than 300 hectares of terrain. As with the rest of northern Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia had a poor year, with a drop in production of about 17% (resulting in a hundred tons of oil or so produced). The PDO Targeste (the ancient Latin name for Trieste) comprises 12 active mills.