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Embracing the Power of Mount Etna: The Secret to Our Volcanic Soil Olive Oil

Updated: May 10

Olive trees growing in the volcanic soil of Mount Etna

At Bella Terra, we harness the unique volcanic soil of Mount Etna to cultivate olives that produce an exceptional olive oil. This landscape, known for its dynamic geological activity, offers a rich, mineral-dense soil, which contributes significantly to the distinctive taste and high quality of our volcanic soil olive oil.

Why Volcanic Soil Makes a Difference

Volcanic soil, such as that on the slopes of Mount Etna, is incredibly fertile. It is rich in minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which are essential for the growth of olive trees. These nutrients help develop olives that are not only healthier but also more flavourful. Our Nocellara Etnea olives, for instance, absorb these minerals, resulting in an olive oil that bursts with antioxidants and tasting notes of tomato, artichoke, almond, and a subtle hint of herbs.

Sustainable Practices on Etna’s Slopes

Our commitment to sustainability is evident in our cultivation practices on Mount Etna. By constructing terraces supported by ancient lava stone walls, we not only prevent soil erosion but also maximise the arable land. This method preserves the natural terrain and ensures that we can continue to produce high-quality olive oil for generations to come.

The Bella Terra Difference

Each bottle of Bella Terra’s volcanic soil olive oil is a tribute to the unique terroir of Mount Etna. Our process, from hand-picking the ripest olives to cold-pressing them within hours, ensures that every drop of oil maintains its purity and robust flavours. This meticulous attention to detail sets our olive oil apart in the world of gourmet foods.

Try our Monte Etna D.O.P, Nocellara Dell'Etna and our incredible range of volcanic flavours.

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