2017 has been the “black year” of Olive Oil production in Tuscany?


Every year, the production of Olive Oil in Tuscany offers a wide selection of extra-virgin Olive Oils that are truly excellent, due to their taste, smell and organoleptic characteristics. We ofteb read over internet that 2017 was the black year of the production of oil in Tuscany but is it really the truth?

Olive Oil production in Tuscany

The characteristics of the regional territory, the very different ecosystems it encompasses, from the high mountains to the rolling hills and then to the sea, make Tuscany a unique region.

This is the context in which Tuscany’s extra virgin Olive Oils are born. Extra virgin Olive Oils with unmistakeable flavours and nuances, mirrors of the territories where they are produced.

Our region’s extra virgin Olive Oils recall the plant essences typical of their areas of origin, which change slightly each year in response to variations in the weather, the harvest time, processing and storage.

The region’s olive-growing heritage is made up of more than 15 million plants, of which more than 90% is represented by just a few varieties:

  • Frantoio;
  • Moraiolo;
  • Leccino;
  • Maurino;
  • Pendolino.

Other, minor varieties are nevertheless also represented in the Tuscan groves and have been recorded and researched in depth.

Tuscany’s olives also represent an immense genetic heritage, selected and reproduced locally over the course of the centuries, which, together with the natural environment, create an interconnected whole that, combined with the efforts of man, it too fruit of age-old traditions, contributes to characterising Tuscan extra virgin Olive Oil.

2017: the “black year” of Olive Oil production in Tuscany

It may seem that one of the symbolic cultures of Tuscany has suffered a major blow in 2017 but it is not reality!

In fact, the 2017 harvest was definitely poor compared to previous expectations and years due to plants with few fruits and in some cases plants totally free of fruit.

It is estimated that the loss of the crop is around 40-50% of the annual crop, although there has been no trace of the olearia fly (that in previous years had infected plants) or other pests.

So what is due this drastic decline in production? Unfortunately, from an increasingly worrying phenomenon: heat and drought. During the spring period the temperatures rose far beyond the seasonal averages. These surges in temperature and the lack of rain have unfortunately compromised the production of plants.

The varieties that have most accused the drought of 2017 seem to be Moraiolo and Leccino, while Frantoio has distinguished itself by maintaining a good yield.

To compensate for such a lean production, however, we had a very high quality of the oil, which thanks to the absence of the pathogenic fly oil, is really excellent.

The motto of the black year for the production of oil in Tuscany could therefore be: “less but good!”.

At Villa Campestri the passion for oil is something special that is part of our family.

We proudly produce an Olive Oil that comes from our century-old olive groves and by olives that are cold extracted in our olive mill. With cruet in hand you can savor different Oils during an Olive Oil Tasting Seminar in the Oleoteca. The Oleoteca is a unique place where we have developed methods for the production and preservation of Olive Oil that have been adopted by award winning restaurants around the world.

If you also want to taste our excellent oil, we wait for you in Mugello at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, the first Olive Oil Resort in the world!

Quick Booking

  • Data di Arrivo:

  • Notti:

  • Camere:

  • Adulti:

  • Bambini:

Biscotti Quaresimali, Tuscan biscuits par excellence

Before Easter in Tuscans bakeries and pastry shops there are cookies in the shape of a cocoa-colored letter. If you are in this period in Mugello or in another area of ​​Tuscany it is difficult not to be intrigued and attracted by these famous Tuscan biscuits: Quaresimali!

The explosion of the cart, an entirely Florentine tradition

In Florence we care a lot about our traditions, especially the most ancient and particular ones. What if we told you that for Easter we fly a dove with 4 rockets on a 150 meter long rope that starts right from the altar of our most important church and sets off a cart? Read our […]

The Florentine steak

Any curious visitor finds himself tasting the food of the place he visits. It must be admitted that in Tuscany every tourist will certainly be lucky because among fine wines, excellent cheeses, precious extra virgin olive oil every palate is satisfied. The dish that everyone agrees on and that you can’t forget to taste if […]

Parks in Florence to visit in spring

The long-awaited spring has finally arrived and the desire to get out of our homes to enjoy the fresh air and see the flowers begin to bloom! Florence is a green city that has many parks to visit in spring!

5 ways to use extra virgin olive oil in the kitchen

In Tuscany they are very proud of our food and wine but, of all, the king is definitely the extra virgin olive oil. If you browse a Mediterranean cookery book you will find extra virgin olive oil as an ingredient for both raw and cooked dishes, in the kitchen there are many ways to use […]

The marriage proposal in Tuscany

We are so used to Hollywood films and proposals to get married on a grand scale that maybe when our time comes we are in a bit of trouble. The proposalscan have various styles from the most intimate to the traditional one and they are all obviously very exciting! Choosing the words is certainly important […]

Winter in Tuscany is sweeter with a slice of cake

Each season has its own traditions. In the summer you go to the beach, in the autumn you go back to school and make good proposals, in the spring you feel reborn and what about in winter? Many people do not like winter days because they are cold, but in Tuscanywe are very lucky and […]

Florentine chocolate, a state secret!

Florence is a city famous throughout the world for its museums and the incredible works of art housed there. But not only art, in fact, Tuscan cuisine is equally famous and not everyone knows that for many years Florentine chocolate was the most sought after food. Incredible but true for years, the Florentine chocolate recipe […]