The oil factory Aldobandeschi belonging to the social agricultural co-op is found in Campagnatico, Grosseto on an altitude of 274 metres above sea level. It is about 25km from the region’s capital and it lies on the shores of the Ombrone river. The area, which was once governed by the Aldobrandeschi family and then by Siena; the area suffered from wars and robberies. Only during the Gran-Ducal government was it restored and today it is a famous agricultural area characterized by its medieval appearance.
Since its establishment, the social agricultural co-op holds Alfa Laval equipment with continuous cycles. During the years these machines have constantly been modernized thus increasing their potential. In 2017 new generation Alfa Laval equipment was purchased with the capacity of processing 2,5 tons of olives per hour. This increased working speed in the various olive vines. Today our annual capacity is about 7000 to 8000 tons of olives based on the season. The variety of processed olives are a mainly frantoio, leccino, maurino, pendolino and moraiolo which are typical of this land. Out storage facility, built solely with stainless steel silos, can hold up to 40 tons of oil. This type of material, with a controlled temperature allows to maintain all of the product’s organoleptic qualities without any alterations. Our extra virgin olive oli is currently produced with olives deriving mainly form the Campagnatico region with only a very small percentage coming from surrounding areas. There are absolutely no foreign products used nor are there blends of oils from other EU regions. The bottling equipments is also in stainless steel and allows us to pack both cans and bottles with a maximum capacity of 5 litres, as imposed by EU norms. We also use clean energy thanks to our photovoltaic equipment with a power of 19KWp covering 35% of the power needs. Hot water, needed for the processing, is, in turn, obtained by the use of a gas boiler.
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For the text of the poem G. Petrocchi, La Commedia secondo l’antica vulgata (The Comedy according to the ancient vulgate) (4 voll.), Ed. Naz. della Società Dantesca Italiana, Milano 1966-1967. (Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy, Purgatory, Canto XI – English translation here )