We must also have a production chain that is monitored and certified in every one of its crucial phases: harvesting, milling, extraction, filtration and packaging. They are all key steps in a path to guarantee quality.
The monitoring of the production phases is guaranteed by the regulations for the PDO and PGI oils. For organic olive oils, the production must meet European standards and follow a rigorous procedure through each phase of the production process, from the harvest up until the bottling.
In each of its production steps, this path allows the fulfilment of strict environmental parameters, since the olives and extra-virgin olive oil do not need any intensive processing to be good and nutritious. Nature makes them that way.
For organic extra-virgin olive oil, the olives must also not be treated with any chemical fertilisers.
The experience and knowledge acquired by mankind over time is expressed throughout all the steps of the production chain, and it is to assist this human element that modern technologies and rigorous monitoring are employed.
The final result of this articulated process, in which every single phase is decisive, is extraordinary: a precious good that is unique in the world, extra-virgin olive oil.