EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Due Leoni is an organic olive oil born in one of the most ancient, but least-known areas of Italy: the Sabine hills near Rome. Magnificent natural scenery, Roman ruins, medieval fortresses and monasteries are home to an olive oil already legendary in ancient Rome.
On an estate of circa 40 hectares, we use biological methods to cultivate 26 hectares of olive groves, divided between pastures with olive trees and dedicated plots olive, at 400 m. above sea level in the Sabine Hills north of Rome, from ancient times suppliers of olive oil to the Eternal City.
The extra virgin olive oil, Due Leoni, is culled by hand from plants that thrive on rocky, gravelly soil, which nonetheless yields bountiful harvests. The predominant variety is the Carboncella, reputed for its slightly bitter and piquant taste. Resistant to picking, it is therefore hand-harvested on the steep slopes of a geological agglomerate of small pebbles, locally called "sasso." Together with the varieties Frantoio and Leccino, also cultivated on the estate, it composes the traditional blend of this particular region. Milling takes place just a few hours after harvest at the certified organic Frantoio di Galloni C. e Bettucci P. snc, in Montopoli di Sabina (Rieti), reachable in a few minutes from our fields.
Due Leoni olive oil has low acidity, a low percentage of peroxides and a high percentage of polyphenols. The low percentage of peroxides ensures that the oil does not change consistency easily and can thus be stored longer. The high percentage of polyphenols indicates the presence of the fruit, and guarantees stability for the oil, and a high anti-oxidant effect.
The median acidity of the 2015 production is 0,2 %, the peroxides are between 6 and 7 out of 20, and the polyphenols range from 356 to 367, while the “best olive oils” presenting a quantity which starts from 150.
Due Leoni is harvested with the care of an artisanal product, in the best tradition of Italian agriculture, which spans millennia with its wisdom, spiritual, and health benefits.
Certificati del Laboratorio della Camera di Commercio di Roma. PDF
We have always wondered why Sabina was famous only for oil and no one mentioned the wine referred to during Horace’s times. The Sabina wine was considered precious until the nineteenth century; after which there was no talk of wine of this region, but only of olive oil. By researching vintage agriculture posters and awards, we discovered an indisputable fact: the largest agricultural market for Sabina was Rome, thanks to the navigability of the Tiber, a commercial artery since ancient times. Boats of various sizes descended the current to Rome and returned, with pairs of oxen traveling along the tow paths on the river bank. All this ended with the gradual silting of the river due to poor maintenance by the Papal State. The development of the railway and the construction of the Tiber embankment in the new capital, after the flood of December 1870, led to the destruction of commercial ports, such as the Ripetta, which served the northern traffic up to Umbria. The disappearance of river navigation meant that the wines north of Rome were replaced by those from the southern Castelli Romani, easily brought downhill to the Eternal City by wine carts.
Put aside not for poor quality of the product or of the soils, but only for logistic reasons, the wines of Sabina are ready to resume their journey to deserved recognition.
The recuperation of our vines has occured first with identification, cataloguing and assembling. With the help of a willing oenologist, since 2011 we have developed four varieties of wine. Ripened in steel vats only, from grapes from ancient vines part of the specification IGT Lazio, this wine is for those seeking to discover a local and intimate link to the territory:
"BIANCO" wine obtained with Trebbiano and Malvasia del Lazio grapes; "CRETICA" wine made from Malvasia di Candia alone in purity; “ROSSO" obtained from Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Ciliegiolo, aged for six months in 500 liters old oak barrels. A fourth variety derives from grapes planted according to an Etruscan tradition in the central foothills of Italy. Vines grow upon trees, usually elm or ornello, to protect the bunches from predators. Called "MARITATO," this wine was bottled for the first time in 2013.