The idyllic hills of Tuscany’s Valdorcia are home to Frantoio Franci, a fantastic olive oil mill founded in 1958 by the brothers Franco and Fernando Franci. At that time, they purchased the famous olive grove of Villa Magra and transformed the old barn into an oil mill. Today, it produces some top-quality extra virgin olive oils.
Frantoio Franci’s unique selection includes the following olive oils:
- Villa Magra dei Franci, with an intense fruit flavor and produced exclusively with olives from the historic olive grove;
- Olivastra Seggianese, with a light fruit flavor and produced with a single variety from the century-old olive trees of Monte Amiata;
- Le Trebbiane, a medium fruit oil from the east-facing olive grove of the same name in Montenero d’Orcia.
Frantoio Franci even has an exclusive Cru! The Villa Magra Grand Cru is the epitome of all that is Tuscan Smooth and elegant, fully persistent aroma, the supreme product of the Villa Magra olive grove.
In 2003, Villa Magra Grand Cru won the prestigious international oil tasting prize awarded to the world’s best extra virgin olive oils, organised by the Grand Jury Européen in the Château Branire. Frantoio Franci has won many awards in the past decades, thanks to its strict criteria of origin and quality standards defined by organoleptic characteristics and chemical parameters, which guarantee ongoing quality year after year.
VISITING FRANTOIO FRANCI: GOLF & OLIVES
Combine your vacation in Maremma with a visit to Valdorcia: a pleasant one-hour drive across the Tuscan countryside will take you from coastal Monte Argentario to the medieval hamlet of Montenero d’Orcia.
The design Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort, nestled between Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, offers a special package for guests who wish to enjoy a holiday based on golf and Tuscan gastronomy.
Green fees apart, it includes a visit to Frantoio Franci with olive oil tasting and a small aperitif with honey, cheese and a glass of red wine! Click here to learn more about the “Golf & Taste” package.