The Res Antiqva estate lies on the northern shore of Lake Bolsena in the Tuscia area which marks the natural border between Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio regions. Orvieto, a marvellous city of arts and culture, is only 15 kilometers away.
Lake Bolsena was formed more than 300 000 years ago, in the ancient crater of a volcano from the Volsini mountain chain. The largest volcanic lake in Europe, it is famed for the purity and exceptional mineral richness of its waters – fishermen of the region have a saying, “the lake you can drink” – where a vast variety of fish can be found, appreciated for their flavor and quality. These include eels made famous by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy.
During Etruscan times, the lake knew a period of splendor and prosperity that continued through the alternate times of the Romans, Lombards and Saracens until the Middle Ages marked a period of decline. The great poet Francesco Petrarca, who was struck by the direness of the situation, even asked Pope Clement VI to intervene by putting the lake under the control of the Church.
Today, the lake still presents to visitors its uncontaminated natural environment as described by Goethe, English painter Turner and French musician Berlioz who described Bolsena as “a delicious Eden.”
On the grounds of the Res Antiqva stands the Rentica house where the Arte Povera movement was born at the turn of the 20th century. Under the guidance of Roman gallerist Plinio de Martiis, it was transformed into the serendipitous location where two generations of artists, among which Mimmo Rotella, Willem de Kooning, Karsten Greve, Luciano Pistoi, Lucio Amelio, Mario Schifano, Leo Castelli and Jannis Kounellis, come to work and collide under exceptional circumstances.
“The Extra Virgin Olive Oil RES ANTIQVA is produced in a natural manner and is rich in antioxydant properties
thanks to its organoleptic properties. It is recommended to use it raw.”
During the manual harvesting directly on the plants, olives are treated with rigorous care and transported to the press immediately, where they are submitted to the traditional cold press extraction method. The olives produced at Res Antiqva are for the most part of the Canino type, an ancient and autoctonous variety from Tuscia along with Frantoio and Leccino.
The entire process is performed immediately and in full, to obtain an optimal and homogenous “single olive” quality of oil. This guarantees the most genuine taste of the product of our grounds. To give the fullest experience of the oil, down to every last taste and flavor, we choose not to filter our oil. Once obtained, the oil is conserved in stainless steel tanks that prevent external agents such as heat, air and light from altering its quality and aspect.
Our oil’s characteristic color is a brilliant green is preserved thanks to the temperature-controlled extraction process which prevents the alteration of naturally present chlorophyll and oxidation of polyphenols. The extraordinary richness of these phenolic structures, combined with the unique physical, biological and chemical characteristics of our oil is the final result of this entirely natural and complex process.