Colle Stelle is the story of our way of life. It is a dream that is growing and becoming alive amongst the rolling hills of Abruzzo sliding down toward the Adriatic Coast. It is a project which took shape quite some time ago amid the frenetic atmosphere of a big city like Milan. The strong sense of dissatisfaction toward the fruitless and frantic daily routine, so distant from the sound of the natural dimension of life, ever increased our desire for a radical change.
THE IDEA OF AN ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC FARM WAS BORN.
Colle Stelle covers an area of just over 12 hectares. Consistent with our beliefs, we chose to embrace a non-invasive agricultural method, respecting the principles of balance that regulate resources and existence to the natural dependence of mankind to the land and its wealth. Thus we are following an organic approach open to the methods of biodynamic agriculture. The biodiversity of the farm with its wild plants and animals is on the process of being restored by also applying the “non-farming” philosophical believe of Masanobu Fukuoka. The aim is to develop a non-intensive agricultural system with a low impact on the environment that guarantees genuineness of the products that are typical of this area. We privilege the cultivation of native species already adapted to the local environment, rediscovering those agricultural varieties that for market reasons have been forgotten over the recent decades. Eight hectares already host more than 900 luxuriant olive trees of Leccino, Dritta di Loreto and Pendolino cultivar, specific to a Protected Designation of Origin area for the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil. The remaining four hectares are in a conversion process to give shape to a vineyard of autochthonous vine and to a vegetable and fruit orchard filled with native varieties from the Abruzzo region.
Extra-virgin olive oil
Our oil is obtained from Leccino, Dritta di Loreto and in a minor percentage, from Pendolino cultivar olives only grown and harvested in the Agricola Colle Stelle farm. We perform an annual selective pruning of the trees to guarantee a constant production of olives year after year, thus avoiding low and high production peaks with consequent improvement of the quality of the oil obtained. With a fruity and slightly spicy flavor, our oil is offered in bottles of 0,25 and o,75 lt. size and in cans of 3 lt. size.