Estate
The "Tenuta Tresca Estate" began olive oil production in 1820. Mr. Domenico Cito, the present estate owner, belongs to the fifth generation of oil producers. The name "Cito" derives from the ancient house from Campania, who had certainly lived in Salerno since the 13th century. It was King Charles of Borbone who made Baldassarre Cito a Marquis. Some members of Cito's family decided to leave Campania, their native land to move to Puglia, through an itinerary which is still unknown, and they settled initially in Terra di Bari and later in Terra d'Otranto, San Cassiano, in the heart of wonderful Salento. Over the centuries, the "Tenuta Tresca Estate" has been engaged in devoting all efforts to specialize in the cultivation of olive trees with the only mission to always guarantee superior quality extra-virgin olive oil. "An "all purpose" oil, which is used: during the celebration of sacraments, which mark the faith of people from their birth until their death; as the basic condiment for "poor food"; as a sort of panacea for all ills; during the past millennia, as an irreplaceable source of light" (A: Giaccari, Le strade dell'olio, in "Le terre d'Arneo", Consorzio Intercomunale "Torre d'Arneo", Lecce, 2001, p. 1099). Still today Mr Domenico Cito takes care of his olive trees with devotion and passion in order to produce oils particularly appreciated by consumers because of their organoleptic properties. Their names recall the peculiarities of the land where they live. Olives are directly picked from the trees when they are fully ripened. They are carried to the oil mill where they are cold-pressed in an environment which never exceeds 80 degrees Fahreneit (27 degrees Celsius) within and not over 6 hours. Oil is not subject to any filtering process but, according to the most ancient tradition, it is allowed to slowly settle not to lose the delicate aromas, flavours and healthful nutrients of olives. It is a long time since the Estate has complied with the strict rules of the "Organic Farming" (EC Reg. 834/07) and has received the Protected Designation of Origin ("PDO") status, which certifies the area, place and country of the oil. Both "Organic Farming" and "PDO" certifications are acknowledged by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.