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Many small producers come together in the heart of Sardinia

The story of the Olivicoltori di Oliena cooperative began in 2016 as a natural evolution of an earlier cooperative experience founded in the first half of the last century. A reality that today brings together many small producers from diverse social backgrounds who have decided to combine their know-how in a single productive and valuable context. The importance of coming together and producing quality oil in a context of small producers has led this beautiful Sardinian reality to be recognized as the "Cooperative of the Year," in partnership with Monte dei Paschi di Siena, receiving the award during the presentation of the Gambero Rosso's Oli d'Italia 2024 guide at Vinitaly - Sol Agrifood in Verona.

The cooperative and its relationship with the territory

Located in the heart of Sardinia, in an excellent context for agricultural production and, in particular, olive growing, the cooperative now has around 150 members who manage a total of one thousand hectares of olive groves where even ultra-centennial trees of great beauty thrive. A reality based on knowledge of the territory and olive oil production that has been passed down from generation to generation, but which has also managed to keep up with the times by focusing on a production that enhances the peculiarities of the native variety symbol of this area: the Nera di Oliena.

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