The Molise olive-growing heritage is ancient and very rich in biodiversity. The extra virgin olive oil of Molise, which won a DOP recognition in 2003, can boast in its genetic heritage 19 native cultivars that preserve in the fruits the flavor and aroma of a millenary selection that involved most of the regional territory, from tomatoes from Sperone di Gallo to chicory from Gentile di Larino, from the intense bitterness of Rumignana to the ancient scent of Aurina.
In the ancient Roman world, in particular, the oil of Venafro, a Molise town on the border with Campania, is mentioned in numerous testimonies by ancient authors as a particularly precious and fragrant oil. Over the centuries, however, olive growing became an important sector of the entire regional economy until the second postwar period when the progressive depopulation of the countryside favored the abandonment of valuable olive groves. Today, fortunately, the recovery of the abandoned historic olive-growing heritage, especially in the Biferno valley by tenacious and capable farmers, has transformed the landscape of the valley, giving us extra virgin olive oils of excellent quality, a true expression of the territory.
These oils, unknown to most, are the flagship of local production and an extraordinary tool for understanding the history of the area and its characteristics.
Thanks to the presence of an expert taster, registered in the national list of technicians and experts of virgin and extra virgin olive oils, it is possible to follow tasting and tasting routes of local extra virgin olive oils in La Piana dei Mulini, coming, in particular, from the historic olive groves of the Biferno valley.
The Oil Charter illustrates the characteristics of the various oils present in the restaurant but it is only thanks to the guided tasting, in an ancient mill of the '700, that it will be possible to find in the extra virgin olive oil of Molise, the hilly landscapes of the Biferno valley, the scent of wild herbs, the bitter and spicy harmony of healthy and ripe olives at the right point.