La Fontaccia farm was opened in 2010 and consists of 14 hectares of land, divided between woods and olive groves. Since the very beginning we paid particular attention to the issue of sustainability, from an environmental, agricultural, energetic and working point of view. This is why, three years from the beginning of our business, we became an organic enterprise. We personally take care of every aspect of the farm.
We mainly produce extra-virgin olive oil from Tuscan cultivars such as Frantoio, Pendolino, Moraiolo and Leccino. Our olive grove is about 4 hectares wide and has about 450 plants of mixed varieties. In November we harvest olives mainly by hand or with light tools (beaters). We do not have a company crusher, so we bring our olives to break in one of the best oil mills in the area, which operates with latest generation machinery, at low speed and with a cold extraction method. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil we produce is obtained exclusively from our olives. In addition to being widely used in our kitchen it’d available to our guests for tastings and direct sales.
As we firmly believe in respecting our territory, our farm is certified organic and deals with typical essences and productions of the area.
Near to the house there is an aromatic herbs garden of and an orchard of ancient fruits made up of native, suitable plants for the area, so we can have healthier plants, less in need of treatments and, over time, safer productions. Figs, plums, cherries and pear trees were already present long before we arrived and provide us with an excellent base for a small-scale production of jams and dried fruit that we serve for breakfast.
CARE FOR OUR TERRITORY
Historical images of the valley show how a few decades ago. Agricultural activity was much more extensive than it is today, obviously to the detriment of the wooded areas. With the goal to maintain biodiversity and a good balance between the cultivated part and the wild, we recover olive trees and fruit trees “trapped” in the wild bush, preserving even the vast areas that nature transformed in the last decades.
It’s fundamental to recover and make safer and more efficient the ancient system of terracing and canalizations that has for centuries maintained the hydrogeological balance of the valley and that is present in our land.