"Coming from a long tradition built on passion and being able to see the entire course of the olive from the tree to the bottle thanks to the job and the expertise of my team is to me the greatest satisfaction, that I’m always trying to pass on whomever wants to approach this reality".
Mario Morandini, OlioCRU founder
Mission. Tradition, technology and circular economy.
OlioCru (Olive Research Center) was born in 2012 thanks to Mario Morandini. His foresight came from a long family tradition, tied for generations to the olive-growing field and inherited by his uncle Elio, a man of great wisdom and experience, who could touch Mario’s heart, getting him even more passionate about the Territory he grew up in and its main product, the olive tree.
With this in mind, Mario turned part of his house into an agricultural estate with a state of the art oil mill, later associated to the consortium OlioCRU: Ca’ Bianca Oleum.
His vision aims to the exaltation of the Terroir and its environment, by developing all the working stages with an innovative perspective and awareness of environmental protection.
OlioCRU mission goes beyond the high quality Extra Virgin Oil production, aspiring to implement an eco-sustainable circular economy. The olive is conceived as a whole, enhancing its entire potential by using every single part for different purposes, ranging from the realization of probiotic products, with very high nutritional and antioxidant value, to the creation of fuel energy sources.
In such a way nothing is wasted neither in terms of product nor resources.
OlioCru is located in Upper Garda, where the landscape is painted with the characteristic green of the olive trees, spread out on the typical terraces surrounding the northern part of the lake. Their agricultural estate extends between Riva del Garda and Arco (TN), the northeastern part in which the olive tree can grow, between the 45° and 46° parallels.
In this last Mediterranean corner the pedoclimatic characteristics have intertwined with history, giving birth to a type of agriculture whose first testimonies date back to II-III Century A.D.
The Garda Ora and the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage, contribute to create the favorable climate for the main varieties of olive tree of the area.
The Olive grove.
The land owned by OlioCRU stretches from the morainic hills in Arco (TN) in the proximity of the Castle, in the district of San Martino di Arco (TN) to the slopes of Monte Brione, in the municipality of Riva del Garda.
To the traditional one, we added an experimental olive grove, where we grow different Italian crops, in order to study their agronomic management and to develop an ultra-precise method with the lowest possible environmental impact.
Besides our own olives we select batches of chosen high quality Italian olives to produce Extra Virgin Oil Cuvées with different varieties, expanding the range of products for different tasting and food pairing.
The Oil mill.
The expertise and the study throughout many milling seasons have led us to the creation of the new OlioCRU oil mill, one of the most technological and modern in Europe. Here our team is engaged in working with a strict protocol controlled by a centralized management.
The olive harvest is carried out by variety, in order to verify the ideal ripening state.
The milling is performed after a careful selection of the collected olives, which pass a stage of cleaning and sanitation through water tanks combined with driers and rinsers on a rack, like in a real SPA.
The extraction is made by pitting the olives, separating the pulp from the pit. In this way it is possible to obtain an oil in lower quantity but with excellent quality and organoleptic characteristics.
At a later stage the oil is filtered with a highly technological process. All the stages of the production are performed in a protected non-oxidizing atmosphere.
OlioCru products on Medineterranean:
Garda DOP Trentino. Extra Virgin Olive Oil