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.
Olive oils from Liguria
It was a bad year for all of central-northern Italy and Liguria was no exception. Here, according to ISMEA estimates, production clocked in at around 3,300 tons of oil, marking a 30% decrease with respect to the previous year. This didn't stop many olive growers and millers from presenting high quality oils that once again affirm the region's potential, from delicate oils with a slightly fruity flavor to more intense and decisive oils with a high phenolic kick. There is still one major challenge: finding a way to move past swings in production volumes by managing adverse climate conditions and plant diseases.