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A Day in the Olive Groves

organic olive oils, and a long lunch in the grove

Another perfect day unfolds in Monterado, and an early morning walk discovers deer on the hillside below the Castello di Monterado, grazing in the clearings of the forest that surround the castle.
After another breakfast prepared in the ancient kitchens we gather for our Olive Oil masterclass. Time for some education, time to taste. The class is led by our guide and olive oil grower Andreas who is joined by Giordano Galiardi who shares his organic philosophy on the very local industry. We are blessed to have two of the best to guide us through the process, and the history, in this special place.

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From the field to the frantoio >>the oil mill>> there is a specific process to make olive oil beginning with the shaking of the trees to gently release the fruit from the branches during the harvest season ( which was about to start in 10 days time) between October and Dec, depending on variety.
The olives are then cleaned put into the frantoio which presses and crushes the fruit, then separates the liquid, the water from the solids , and the oil.
we are then shown how to pick the good from the ordinary, the old from the new,

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The oils from Cartoceto are all good, but Galliardo's are superb. His estate is currently being transformed into an Olive Oil destination, equipped with a full processing plant, and like his products his buildings are constructed with care, using natural cork , from the region, stones from the nearby mountains, so history is being used to recreate. Giordano Galliardi is working to transform Catoceto's olive oil industry and with his passion he is certainly achieving. His oils are not yet widely available but definitely take time to visit if you travel through this region.
After the tasting workshop its time to head out to Andreas' grove, to meet the family, and kick back for a fun afternoon of wining and dining>>> again. I think i will let the pics tell the story. Suffice to say we had a wonderful afternoon, not one that could be bought as a normal traveller, so thanks to Benfatti, this is what we enjoyed , some more than others !!
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A great afternoon, thanks to Andreas Tomasetti & family and friends.
We head back to Monterado for a quiet night. Our final night here before heading north again

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Posted by Bruco 23:40 Archived in Italy Tagged food wine oil olive monterado Comments (0)

Truffles - Honey - Caves & Oil

traveling from Ascoli Piceno to Monterado

After the incredible day of the Truffle we gather in the main Piazza in Ascoli for dinner at possibly the most famous Cafe Meletti, hosted by the Staffolani family.

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Its another festive night with entertainment provided by local musicians. Just some light platters of delicious food and a selection of local wines including a local Prosecco. Cafe Moletti sits on one corner of the main piazza in the old town,Piazza Del Popolo a beautiful setting, its a bar and cafe downstairs, with a great wine list, all local, some interesting beers, and a very good menu. Definitely worth a visit, day or night, very traditional, great for people watching.
A good walk after dinner as the night cools down. Early night before an early start.

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We are up and away after 30 minutes delay to extricate the cars from a packed car park.We head north down to the coast and back inland to visit the famous caves of Frasassi Le Marche. 30 klms of majestic caves only discovered some 50 years ago.

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After two hours with a guide through the caves we are back on board and heading to meet Giorgio Poeta, at Punto Vendita, who makes honey aged in Barrels.
We are hosted a memorable lunch in his new headquarters which featured dishes finished with honey, cheese with honey meade , both dry & sweet, the ricotta drizzled with honey was amazing .

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Another hour heading north again, this time to our own castle accommodation in Monterado, Castello Monterado.
Located 20 minutes inland from Senigallia the castle dominates the landscape in the hilltop village of Monterado. Outstanding property. It has recently been opened to the public with the main Castle offering about 7 rooms, massive in size, as well as 6 beautiful houses in the town centre right beside the castle
Taken from their website http://www.castellodimonterado.it/ This ancient residence is perched on top of one of the many hills characterizin the Marche, it is surrounded by an Italian-style garden and a vast wood. The views are truly charming, they extend over the Cesano valley, stretching from the Appennines to the Adriatic sea. We are delighted to invite you into our lavish halls and suites, adorned by the exquisite nineteenth century frescoes of Corrado Corradi, one of the most renowned artists of our region.
Here, in this noble castle, Prince Maximilian de Beauharnais, nephew of Napoleon the first, chose to spend his honeymoon after the celebration of his marriage to the daughter of Czar Alexander of Russia.
The inside of the palace was decorated, upon his order, for the important occasion.
The former cellars, built within the bastions of the castle, consisting of spacious galleries with vaulted ceilings, open up to the garden. These refined and impressive surroundings have been restored to bring them back to their ancient beauty.

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We have a couple of hours to explore the village and the Castle its self, not enough time but tonight we will be in the cellars where 20 + local producers are coming in for a Wine & Food festival , held once a year, and guess what , we are invited. Cant wait.

Posted by Bruco 05:26 Archived in Italy Tagged food and of italy marche wine le oil olive monterado Comments (0)

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