At Bona Furtuna
We learn our greatest lessons from the land itself. This is why our master botanist, Pasquale “Mimmo” Marino, has poured over two decades into studying and observing our unique, Sicilian ecosystem. Under his watchful eye, we blend advanced technology into our natural harvesting and bottling processes.
rooted in history
Our oldest olive trees have watched over our hillside farm for more than 1,000 years. Now, our olive grove is home to over 12,000 trees, almost all of which are native to Sicily. Previously in danger of extinction, the Biancolilla centinara (“ancient white lilac”) can be found nowhere else on Earth. Mimmo revitalized this unique tree, and it now thrives on our farms.
Blessed by its proximity to nearby Monte Barraù, all of our olive trees are naturally irrigated by the mountain’s pure water spring. This water is not only nutrient-rich, but also it is some of the cleanest water in the world.
picked in sicily by sicilians
Every olive is first nurtured and picked by the local Sicilian people, never by a machine. It’s part of our ongoing pledge to help the members of our community.
FROM HILL TO MILL
Once picked, our olives move from tree to our on-farm mill, where their oil is cold extracted and bottled within 24 hours. This is the only way to preserve the natural fragrance, taste, and nutrients so unique to our extra virgin olive oil.
Before each cold extraction, the Bona Furtuna farmers hand inspect every olive to ensure it meets our elevated standards, including size, weight, and aroma. Any olive that falls short is donated to the local Sicilian community.
OLD WORLD HERITAGE MEETS NEW WORLD INNOVATION
After extensive study, including two PhDs in Botany, Mimmo has found only one cold extraction process sophisticated enough to meet his high standards in both quality and ecology: the Alfa Laval system. This system seamlessly braids state-of-the-art technology with centuries-old family tradition.
SENSORY EXAM AND FINAL BOTTLING
Before final bottling, the oil must pass a sensory exam. To the eye, the oil must be free of inorganic impurities. To the nose, hints of wildflower and herb must arise. And to the palette, a light and bitter spiciness must balance notes of artichoke, almond, tomato leaf and spices.