(Photo Credit: Seggiano)
Set among the gently rolling hills and picture-postcard perfect landscape of the southern Tuscan countryside, is the small hilltop village of Seggiano.
Nestled in the foothills of Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano that provides the area with pure water and hot springs, is the village which famed for its annual olive oil festival called Olearie.
Twenty two years ago, a group of farmers in the area sort out the expertise of Peri Eagleton, to help increase awareness and sales of Olivastra Seggianese oil, the unique olive cultivar of the area.
With the help of her partner, David Harrison, the Seggiano brand was born and named in honour of the village where the story started. It now brings together the very best selection of artisan oil and foods from small independent family producers.
What makes Olivastra Seggianese unique is its low acidity, setting it apart from the more classic Tuscan peppery bitterness.
The olives are hand-picked using traditional techniques that haven't changed for generations, then stone-milled, cold-pressed and bottled unfiltered to produce a creamy and delicate olive oil.
Until Seggiano came along however, Olivastra oil was so underrated that it was only used for blending, but convinced of it's quality David and Peri persevered to prove it could stand alone.
Ultimate recognition came six years ago as a Protected Designation of Origin was granted to Olivastra Seggianese. This ensures that only products genuinely originating from that region are allowed to be identified as such in commerce, guaranteeing authenticity and quality.
The oil has proved so popular that the Seggiano range has now expanded to include items such as pasta, vegetable patés, hand-made cantuccini and unfiltered honey produced by a beekeeper who is based on the shores of Lake Bolsena in Lazio.
The superiority of Seggiano has led to the products being sold in the world famous Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges and have become a must have for all quality conscious foodies.
All products are free from artificial ingredients, preservatives, genetic modification and industrial processing leaving the real taste of Italy to come through with every bite.