Guided visit

GUIDED VISIT PROPOSAL

 

The LUCCHI&GUASTALLI Company is situated in Santo Stefano Magra, in La Spezia province, on the route of the ancient Via Francigena, in the middle of Bassa Lunigiana. The company is not far from  famous  touristic destinations, such as Cinque Terre, Lerici, Portovenere and Versilia; it is also near to interesting medieval towns like Sarzana.
The Ligurian and Lunigianese territory has a very long historical tradition  (since the Roman ages) in olive’s planting, and LUCCHI&GUASTALLI offers to visitors the rare opportunity to know closely the production process of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The visit could be organized according to visitor’s needs and interests: you can choose to visit the olive groves and the mill, and/ or  decide to have a lesson about oil tasting.
The full visit takes half-day time; but  even in just an hour, it is possible to learn enough about  Extra Virgin Olive Oil production.

The DOP Ligurian olive grove

The olive grove is just a few minutes from the mill. The olive trees  mostly belong to the local variety called “Razzola”; the trees are placed in terraced terrains, which is the typical Ligurian way of plantation.
Here Marco Lucchi,  the owner, could explain the different stages of olive trees cultivation, and describe the phytosanitary defense techniques, including organic farming methods.

The “ecological”oil mill

 

The mill, located  a short distance from the olive groves, lies near the ancient “Via Francigena”. During the visit to the plant, are described both the different stages of oil production, and the low environmental impact technologies that are used in the mill. The LUCCHI&GUASTALLI oil mill uses a 2-step continuous plant, which is characterized by rational water management: the plant has been the first  in Liguria,  to introduce a new  production cycle, that don’t produce waste. Olive’s kernel is recovered as ecological fuel and reused for water heating, while the “sansa” is sent to biogas plants, where it is used to produce electricity.

The footages

In the multimedia room, it is possible to watch some short footages about olive harvest and  mill process, thus attending to the whole production cycle.

Practical lesson about oil tasting technique

Dr. Marco Lucchi, lead panel at the Apol Tasting Commission in Genoa, will teach us  the secrets of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, through a tasting technique lesson. Different products are compared, to learn to distinguish a real quality olive oil from a poor quality oil, or a new oil from an old one, and so on.

Tasting

At the end of the visit, our Company offers you a tasting of its Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and other typical Liguria products, such as Testaroli seasoned with Pesto Genovese, or different types of “Bruschetta” (bread) accompanied by typical Ligurian sauces. We’ll end with a glass of excellent Vermentino DOC wine.
The mill has a point sale.