Šoltansko Maslinovo Ulje
Šoltansko Maslinovo Ulje
About the Brand
The olive growers on the dalmatian island Šolta have small family farms which individually do not produce sufficient quantities of olive oil and they do not have financial resources for a more serious market appearance. However, united we can meet the market’s demand. The Association is focusing on persuading as many olive growers in Šolta as possible to transfer towards organic production and production of olive oil of the highest quality. The association will directly and indirectly participate in the marketing of only super premium olive oils.
Olives on island Šolta grow on rocky fields with little fertile land, the use of heavy machinery is impossible, everything is done with small manual tools. This way each of our trees has a “personality”; the olive grower talks to it and knows exactly when it needs help and what it lacks. It is the same with the harvest:each fruit passes through the hands several times; when picking from a tree, when collecting into baskets, when cleaning dry leaves and twigs. Damaged or rotten fruits are removed immediately, leaving only healthy, juicy fruits. The oil obtained from such fruits bears no resemblance to oils sold in retail chains and cannot be sold under the same name. Few consumers unfortunately know the difference and use cheap oil from the super market.
For this reason we are making an effort to connect with other regions in Croatia, and then with other Associations and manufacturers worldwide and together we will strive to introduce the category above extra virgin – Super premium class.
How is olive oil of solta produced?
The olive groves of Šolta harvest their olives by hand. Thus, only healthy and undamaged fruits for oil production are immediately selected. Harvested juicy and fresh olives are taken the same day for processing into one of the island's oil press, and the resulting olive oil is stored in stainless steel containers until bottled and marked. All of these activities take place entirely and only on the island of Šolta, and only closed boteles protected by the original designation marke are allowed to be exported from the island.
Why’s Šolta’s olive oil a special and favorite product?
The love and fascination with which olive growers nurture their olive trees, the tradition and the knowledge that has been passed down and perfected for millennia, the pride of their indigenous Šoltanka variety is a unique and unrepeatable combination of circumstances from which this magnificent product is made. The micro climate of the island of Šolta with hot and dry summers, exposure to northern wind Bura, minerals in the limestone, and the specific composition of soil and flora together form this kind of product and give it a unique seal.
Guarantee of excellence
The Olive oil of Šolta has no additives, spices or oil from other fruits, it is pure juice from the olives. It is protected by the Protected Designation of Origin PDO. In addition to the Croatian inspections, the EU Commission's control services supervise the production, storage and quantities of olive oil produced. All producer of ŠMU are in the ecological production system.
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