Frantoio Muraglia: producing Italian Olive Oil
for five generations
As soon as you open a Frantoio Muraglia Olive Oil Bottle, you immediately feel like you were in the middle of a gorgeous olive grove in the Altopiano delle Murge, an area of the Apulia region where old-age olives trees dominate the green and slightly hilly landscape. You can even feel the fascinating aroma of freshly picked olives and the fresh sensation of a delicate summer breeze. When you will try it, you will appreciate its incredibly various tasting shapes, from herbs and flowers to green pepper: the taste of an authentic Italian Olive Oil.
How everything started:
a centuries-old olive tree and an olive mill
The story of Frantoio Muraglia, Italian Olive Oil producers for five generations, dates back to more than one hundred years ago, when nonno Savino, great-grandfather of the actual owner, started producing his “liquid gold” from a centuries-old olive tree.
Lot of people tried to discourage him, telling him that he wouldn’t have earned so much oil from that quality of olives, but he stubbornly decided to not listen to them and built with his own hands the olive mill, still used by the company. It turned out he was right all along.
That’s why, when talking about themselves, the Muraglia family says they are “capatosta”, a southern-italy word meaning “hard-headed”: from nonno Savino that started the company to his great-grandson Savino, representing the fifth generation of olive millers, that decided to keep the traditional methods alive, hand-picking the olives and cold pressing them in the ancient Olive mill to create an Italian Olive Oil that truly represents the country expertise and passion.
The secret behind high quality olive oil:
tradition and technologies.
For the Muraglia family producing high quality olive oil is a real art passed down from generation to generation: their oil is not a simple product, it is the perfect synthesis of a long story made of ancient knowledge, tradition and daily challenge that does not contrast but rather perfectly combine with the latest technologies.
The Pitted extra virgin olive oil is obtained from cold pressed, pitted Coratina olives, a sweet and mild variety. This is possible thanks to an innovative technology that preliminarily separates the pits from the drupe in order to grind only the pulp. By doing this, it is possible to obtain not only all the benefits of Italian Olive Oil but also an oil which is sweeter and milder yet overflowing with all the exuberant character of the coratina cultivar.
Thanks to this dedication and craftsmanship, this high-quality olive oil has won many national and international awards over the last year, from the “Five Drops” conferred by the Association of Italian, an acknowledgement of absolute quality awarded to the best oils by the world's greatest oil sommeliers.
Coratina Olive Oil,
a unique product from Apulia
Originally from Corato, Apulia, hence the name, Coratina Olive Oil is the prevalent cultivar in the region and therefore protected by the law. These olives are unique in that they contain three times more antioxidant polyphenols than any other Italian olive variety. This gives Coratina Olive Oil its intense flavour, with spicy notes and hints of astringency.
This is Italian Olive oil for steamed fish and vegetables, because it does not distort the flavor of the dish but retains just a hint of distinctive flavor. For a traditional recipe, drizzle it over a traditional bread all’acquasale, a rustic dish of stale bread soaked in cold water and plenty of salt, with lots of fresh vegetables and a glut of olive oil.
Thanks to its unique taste and perfect balance, Coratina Olive Oil is highly appreciated by famous chefs all around the world: when he first tried it, the Michelin-starred chef Felice Sgarra of Umami said that the delicate notes were ‘a gastronomic revelation’ and that ‘no kitchen should be without it’.
The meeting between two Apulian excellences:
ceramic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
April 2008 saw a meeting between Antico Frantoio Muraglia and an Apulia family who have been working with earthenware, stoneware, ceramics and terracotta for five generations to create a love- match between the two great traditions of Apulia: earthenware vessels and extra virgin olive oil.
Muraglia ceramic jars are hand-made by artisans in Apulia who make everything entirely by hand, from the clay to the painting. The colors and the shape remind of Southern Italy nature and echo the the antique urns of Apulia. A joyous revolution, a viral explosion of beauty and color for a special Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Thanks to its precious containers, this Italian Olive Oil becomes a true piece of art that revives an ancient tradition: because of the high presence of clay in the region, the making of decorative terracotta vases, jars and bottles in Apulia is a tradition going right back to ancient times.