Capri Olive Oil

FAQ about Olive Oil from Capri, Italy

Information About Olive Oil from Capri and Our Association

What are the association's objectives?
The association aims to conserve and foster the cultivation of olive trees using natural methods on Capri, and promote the production of olive oil extracted exclusively from trees located on the island.
Does the association produce olive oil?
No, the association does not produce Capri olive oil. Oil is produced by members of the association, who are responsible for the quality and integrity of the product, under the supervision of the association which follows each stage of production.
What are the benefits to becoming a member?
The association provides technical assistance to members in order to ensure a quality olive oil without use of chemicals. During the entire productive cycle, members are guaranteed monitoring services for the principal parasites, assistance in fertilization and anti-parasite treatments, and consultations for pruning, land management, irrigation (when possible), and harvest (after having selected the optimal period).
What are the official activities of the association?
The association promotes all types of events to publicize, incentivize, and assist in the cultivation of olive trees and the production of olive oil on Italy's island of Capri.
Who are the association members?
The association is made up of around 50 members, all of whom are farmers living on the island of Capri who have at least one olive tree on their land. Altogether, members own around 50,000 olive trees.
How can I recognize olive oil from Capri?
All member producers are required to mark their bottled oil with the label marked "Olio di Capri", which can also be recognized by the symbol of Capri's Faraglioni rock formations.
Is the olive oil made entirely on Capri?
At the moment, the oil is bottled in a mill on the Sorrentine Peninsula as there are no adequate mills on the island. The olives are exclusively grown and harvested on the island of Capri.
Where are olives grown on the island of Capri?
Most olive groves are located in Anacapri, in the areas known as Mesola and Migliera. Other olive trees on Capri can be found in Palazzo a Mare and along the road which climbs up toward Mount Tiberius.
When are the olives harvested?
The olives are harvested between September and October and harvest time on Capri is often a celebration including the entire family and friends.
Which varieties of olives are grown on Capri?
Most olive trees on Capri are Ogliarola (also known as Minucciola). There are also Rotondella, Frantoio, and Leccino varieties.