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Food and Wine


Sweet and spicy taste

An important tradition of Monte Amiata is the olive cultivation. The first documents in which we talk about the precious liquid date back to the high middle ages when both the eastern slope of the mountain, which overlooked the Via Francigena, than the West face, on the maremma, were abundantly planted with olive trees.

Monte Amiata features especially for growing a variety of olives called "Olivastra seggianese", whose plant has the ability to withstand low winter temperatures. The oil that one gets has a particularly sweet taste and a slightly spicy, fruity aroma and herbal notes of artichoke. The area enjoys the IGP (protected geographical indication), and extra virgin olive oil of Seggiano, obtained from olive groves consist of at least 85% by olive trees of Seggiano was recognized the denomination DOP (protected designation of origin). In 2002 was born, at the urging of a group of entrepreneurs, "Seggiano oil consortium", for the development and promotion of the qualities of the extraordinary local product.