Antonella Titone tends to her organic farm and impeccable frantoio (olive mill) in Trapani, Sicily with passionate devotion to one governing mantra: quality or nothing. Surpassing every norm for organic farming in the area, she has imposed her own rigors and standards to production, elevating her multi-award-winning olive oil to exceptional status.
The Estate: Located a few kilometers outside the port city of Trapani in Western Sicily, the Titone farm sits on 19 hectares of rolling hills, covered with an orchard of Nocellara, Biancolilla, and Cerasuola olive trees. The farm was converted to organic farming in 1985 and the frantoio was built in 1995. The careful methods and attention to pruning and organic fly pest-control has set Titone apart. The harvest usually begins in early October and may run through early November. Olives are harvested just as they are beginning to blush with black hues and are picked with the assistance of specially designed wooden rakes, which allow workers to carefully pull the fruit from the tree with the least amount of bruising possible. The modern, state-of-the-art continuous cycle extraction process ensures that the olives are crushed within hours of their harvest, thus guaranteeing an oil of superb quality.
Crafted for Health: After walking among Titone's carefully tended olive orchard, taking a quick glance at the impeccable “frantoio” (olive mill), and having the pleasure of meeting Antonella, it comes as no surprise to find that Antonella is a pharmacist, as was her father Nicola, as well as her grandfather and great-grandfather. The Titone family's passion to produce a very high quality extra virgin olive oil stems from generations of scientific approach. Antonella knows that extra virgin olive oil is essential to a better and healthier life.
Rolando raves: “Walking through the estate's sustainable, organic olive groves with Antonella Titone is a revelation. Here, the earth is alive and potent and one can feel how everything is connected. Their own flocks of turkeys and guinea fowl run all about, trimming the herbs and enriching the dynamic soil. Native bees and butterflies excite the air. This joyful aliveness comes through in Titone's extraordinary oil. Drink it by the spoonful every single day—it's a magical potion!”