OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

Text from the ARTE FILM « Pure Nature » (2000)
Olive trees, which generally grow on rocky soils, find natural fertilisers particularly beneficial .Depending on the site, picking takes place between October and December. Harvest methods have not changed a lot over the years: still, the fruits are stripped from the trees by hand. The longer the olives ripen on the tree, the better they taste. The time the fruits are left on the tree is also important for oil production, as a higher degree of maturity guarantees low acidity, which is desired.

OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

Once harvested, the fruits are sorted and washed. Most olive farmers take their precious crop to cooperatives for pressing. This olive mill still proceeds according to the old, gentle method. After being ground with the kernels in a stone mill, the olive paste is spread out on straw mats. Special weights are hooked to the mats to generate enough pressure to make the oil flow out of the flesh. The more gentle pressing the higher the quality of the oil. This really means cold pressing. The pure olive oil is obtained by decanting.

OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

The first pressing of the oil has delicate, fruity flavours you may enjoy best with pure bread. This is a popular appetiser in Mediterranean countries, just like toasted bread with garlic and olive oil. Quality may be easily checked by taste. Thus, everyone may discover his favourite oil just by tasting.
The EU supervises taste, fatty acids and further ingredients for quality control.
Today, organic farming in olive cultivation is widely accepted.

OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

 

OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

 

OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION AT DOMAINE RICHEAUME

 

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LIKE WINE, LIKE OIL

Just like the vines, the olive trees that produce the natural oil of Domaine Richeaume, are cultivated and fertilized according to strictly organic guidelines.
After a great bushfire that also afflicted Richeaume in 1989, olive groves were planted on the burnt down shrub land, so that landscape conservation and farming were ideally combined.

LIKE WINE, LIKE OIL

That’s why the holy triad of antiquity – wine, grains and oil – can still be found at Domaine Richeaume.
The grown cultivars are the fruity Aglandau, the mild Grossane and the delicate Bouteillan; they all produce an oil of highest quality. Hand picked olives will be cold pressed immediately after harvest.