Olive picking in Italy

November saw a break from the vineyard and a trip to Italy to pick olives on a friends olive grove. There used to be a vineyard on the site but ut was grubbed up this year, there is still an old press on the site located in a cave at the side of the land.

This year the crop was quite small and we only picked 646kg which was pressed into 140 litres of virgin olive oil.

Each crate we picked weighs about 18kg and they feel quite heavy after you’ve lugged them up the field.

Now we’re just waiting for the finished product to be shipped back to the UK for Christmas.

Panoramic views from the house
The olive grove and grubbed up vineyard
Luigi drinking coffee straight from the pot
The electric olive picker makes life a little easier but it does fling the olives all over the place

The olive grove with the trees picked bare
Marco multitasking