`PGI Olio Lucano for Olive Oil From Basilicata Underway


PGI Olio Lucano for Olive Oil From Basilicata Underway

Aug. 9, 2019
Ylenia Granitto

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After an appli­ca­tion made by the Ital­ian Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter, the pro­tected geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tion (PGI) Olio Lucano” should be approved by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in the com­ing months.

Its pro­duc­tion area cor­re­sponds with the admin­is­tra­tive ter­ri­tory of the Basil­i­cata, also known as Luca­nia, a region in South­ern Italy which has been des­ig­nated a Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture, renowned for the UNESCO World Her­itage Site of the Sassi di Mat­era.

Accord­ing to the ancient olive tra­di­tion of our land, the groves embraced the vil­lages set high in the hills,” the direc­tor of the sen­sory analy­sis lab­o­ra­tory of the Basil­i­cata Region in Metaponto, Gio­vanni Lac­er­tosa explained. While some old mills are cur­rently been con­verted to muse­ums and cul­tural venues, tech­no­log­i­cal advances and research in the sec­tor allowed the oper­a­tors to reach the high­est stan­dards,” he said. The upcom­ing PGI will pro­mote the qual­ity and the ter­ri­tory of our extra vir­gin olive oil.”

Autochtho­nous vari­eties, includ­ing Ogliarola del Vul­ture, Ogliarola del Bradano, Maiat­ica, Cima di Melfi, Sam­marti­nenga, and Fare­sana, just to name a few, and a max­i­mum of 20 per­cent of other vari­eties must be used to pro­duce the PGI Olio Lucano, whose logo depicts a styl­ized amphora with four oblique curved lines which rep­re­sent the main rivers of the region and recall the twisted trunk of the sec­u­lar olive trees wide­spread in Luca­nia.


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