The story behind Casa Astrid

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As true Italy lovers, we dreamed of our own place in La Bella Italia, where we could grow delicious olive oil under the Italian sun. We fell in love with a beautiful country house in the green hills around Assisi, Umbria. The centuries-old estate is located in a protected nature reserve, the Monte Subasio, which is protected by Unesco heritage.

We started the complete renovation and restored the olive grove with its 1750 olive trees to its original state. Our olive grove consists of 3 varieties, 70% Moraiolo, 15% Leccino and 15% Frantoio, resulting in a very tasty and above all healthy olive oil, which is typical of our beautiful region.

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In 2013 we were ready for our first harvest. We let our friends, family and Italian neighbors taste our brand new product and were proud that our olive oil was so well received. The olive grove, which has been known for years for its pure olive oil, also lived up to expectations this year!

We immediately faced a challenge, because 2014 was a difficult year for the Italian olive oil harvests. The trees were affected by the Bactrocera olea, an olive fly whose larvae feed on olives. In some regions, yield fell by 75%. Because quality and purity are our top priorities, we decided not to harvest that year.

A year later we started with the expansion of our olive grove very enthusiastically. Not only did we invest in new equipment, we put together a team of 15 experienced pickers and had our first collaboration with the traditional pressers, who make the region so famous.

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In order to be allowed to use the label of Extra Virgin olive oil, strict guidelines regarding purity and acidity are imposed. The 2015 harvest scored excellent in all areas and more than met the strict standards. To keep our olive oil as healthy, tasty and high-quality as possible, we always press within 24 hours after the harvest, we store the olive oil in steel barrels and we bottle it in stainless steel bottles, which are stored between 15 and 17 degrees.

Healthy and tasty olive oil has become a real passion for us. We are proud to offer you our extra virgin olive oil from now on in bottles of 250, 500 or 750 ml . We hope that in this way we can offer your recipes and summer evenings an extra touch!

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