Mandranova is situated in a magnificent part of Sicily not far removed from
Agrigento and the UNESCO world heritage site of the Valley of the Temples.
This is a place of ancient history and Mediterranean beauty, where olive trees
have been swaying restlessly for centuries, blown by the winds of the Sirocco
The project began twenty five years ago, undertaken with care, flair and passion by Milanese couple Giuseppe and Silvia Di Vincenzo, when they purchased an old run-down olive grove that had been planted on the old railway line. Nowadays, Mandranova is a working olive farm with beautiful accommodation and stylish home-cooked food, set amongst African gardens.
The olive groves are immaculately kept and boasting more than 50 hectares, four main varieties and some original 'grandfather' stock of more than 100 years old. Harvest takes place from mid-September, extraction is at cold temperature immediately after hand-picking and the oil is packaged in dark glass bottles of 500ml after natural settling.
Nocellara is green with golden shades and a fruity aroma of freshly cut grass, artichokes and tomatoes. The palate is markedly spicy with a delightful bitterness and is great on grilled meat and fish.