Oliocentonze: The company name is coming from the term ‘Latomie’, that you can ﬁnd inside the property.
The family-run business Centonze ‘Case di Latomie’ is located in Castelvetrano City area, just 7 Km away from Selinunte. It can count on 37 hectares of fenced land cultivated with organic method. Moreover, it is a welcoming Country House with 29 rooms and 95 beds accommodation totally; it is equipped with all the comforts including: two swimming pools, wellness center, meeting and banquets room, a typical restaurant with traditional Sicilian foods get from the surrounding areas, scenic terrace, children’s playground area with a small wooden house on the tree, small zoo with courtyard animals. We organize educational focused on the extra virgin olive oil production and tasting.
The company name is coming from the term ‘Latomie’, that you can ﬁnd inside the property. ‘Latomie’ are the quarries, which ancient Greek people left in 800 B.C. in this place and where they used to extract huge blocks of tuﬀ stone used to build their biggest colony of the western Mediterranean Sea, the magniﬁcent Selinunte (It already counted 80.000 inhabitants at that time).
The history tells us that Greek people introduced the ﬁrst wild olive trees in the western area of the Mediterranean Sea. They already knew this plant, due to their proximity with Persia and Syria country, places where the olive tree is native.
They also knew how to get, from the olives, a kind of combustible paste used to light up their cities and houses by using braziers and oil lamps. This reason pushed them to cultivate olive trees in the new colonized area. It was so, for many centuries as long as Greek people were thrown out and Sicily dominated by Arab people. At that time, they had advanced agricultural knowledge, so they started to cultivate the olive tree methodically, introducing the ﬁrst grafting techniques, which modiﬁed the genetics of this plant over time. A short summery, just to say that ‘Case di Latomie’ is one of the ﬁrst places of the Mediterranean Sea, where the olive tree arrived and has been cultivated. Inside the property there are several centuries-old olive trees, one especially is over 1200 years old (Saracen Olive Trees). Some of these trees are completely melded with the tuﬀ rock, giving unique and extraordinary shapes.
Morever the olive plants are studied and classiﬁed by the University of Palermo and by the Sicilian wine and oil Regional Institute.
One of the most succeed factors of the Centonze Oil ‘Case di Latomie’ is its balanced taste, although it is got from olives variety (Nocellara del Belice, Cerasuola, Biancolilla) well-known for its pungent and bitter taste. The secret of this balanced taste comes from the natural tuﬀ rocks, where the olive trees are growing and not in the ground. In this way they are taking minerals from the tuﬀ rocks and transfer to the olives, giving to the oil this particular and unique taste.
Centonze Oil has got many awards and certiﬁcations, they can be consulted on the oﬃcial web site www.oliocentonze.com
The company is reviewed on the most important oil guidebook: Flos Olei, Biol, Slow Food, Gambero Rosso, Terre d’olio, Bibenda, Monocultivar Olive Oil, Evoleum. Thanks to its landscape ‘archeo-olive’, to the centuries-old olive trees of Nocellara del Belice, Cerasuola and Biancolilla cultivated with organic method and thanks to the low environmental impact of its production, the Centonze farm has been declared ‘Slow Food Presidium of Extra Virgin Olive Oil’, since 2015.
This Single Variety of “Nocellara del Belice” is produced from organic olives grown solely within the company estate “Case di Latomie”. It is an extra virgin olive oil with medium fruity and a very delicate ﬂavour. Visually it is dense and opaque. Its ﬂavour reminds us of the fresh fruit with a pleasing aftertaste of tomato and sweet almond. Its herbaceous aroma and unexpected sweetness make it excellent with ﬁsh, both raw and cooked, vegetable soups, red meat and all vegetable dishes. This Single Variety of “Nocellara del Belice” is produced from P.D.O. olives grown solely within the company estate “Case di Latomie”. It is an extra virgin olive oil with medium-intense fruity and a quite strong ﬂavor. Visually it is dense and opaque. Its ﬂavour reminds us of the fresh fruit with a pleasing aftertaste of green tomato and artichoke. Its herbaceous aroma makes it excellent in cooking ﬁsh dishes, vegetable soups, white meat, cheese and simply cooked food.
P.D.O. VALLE DEL BELICE
NOCELLARA DEL BELICE
This Mixture of “Nocellara del Belice – Cerasuola – Biancolilla” is produced from P.G.I. olives grown solely within the company estate “Case di Latomie”. It is characterized by its medium fruity and its well-balanced spice. Its ﬂavour reminds us of the fresh fruit with a pleasing aftertaste of green tomato, almond and artichoke. Its herbaceous taste makes it ideal to pair with all ﬁsh, vegetable soups, red meat, cheese, and all vegetable dishes.
MIXTURE OF OLIVES
NOCELLARA DEL BELICE, CERASUOLA, BIANCOLILLA
This Riserva Blend of “Nocellara del Belice – Cerasuola – Biancolilla” is produced from olives grown solely within the company estate “Case di Latomie”. It is characterized by its light fruity and its spicy and herby very delicate. Its ﬂavour reminds us of the fresh fruit with a pleasing spicy aftertaste. It ﬁts all the ingredients of the Mediterranean diet but can also ﬁnish great dishes. It’s excellent with both raw and cooked foods.