Along the hills that gently slope down towards a crystal clear sea and the ancient Greek colony of Selinunte, where for centuries olive groves have been cultivated, the organic farm “Case di Latomie” lies.
The Centonze family, owner of the estate since 1953, have always prioritised organic agricolture for the cultivation of olive trees.
The farm house is set within a place of great historical and scenic interest and covers a fully-fenced area of approximately 35 acres.
It is only cultivated with citrus and olive trees grown organically.
An enchanting scenery of centuries-old olive groves and lush citrus groves lies between the ancient “Latomie” (quarries where people from ancient Selinunte rounded up large blocks of tufa limestone for the construction of their city, traces of which are still visible after 2600 years) and the old “Conigliere” (ancient walls of dry stone fence) in a scenery of typical country paths where you can take long relaxing walks.
Olive growing has always accompanied the history of the people of the Belice. The first settlements in this area are related to the birth of Selinunte, the ancient colony of Magna Grecia, founded in the seventh century BC. The “Selinuntuni” cultivated and propagated the olive tree, colonizing Valle del Belice and devoting themselves to the extraction of oil since those times, as millstones found in the area of “Latomie” dating back to the fifth century BC testify.
The Nocellara del Belice is the only olive that can boast of two Italian DOP awards (olives and olive oil).
The olives of this variety are distinguished by an excellent pulp / stone and are moderate in sugars. The drupe is large, spherical, and deep green turning vinous red as it matures. The flesh is crisp and easily detached from the core. The color is an intense green and the flavour is slightly sweet and sour with subtle spicy and bitter notes.
Azienda Agricola Antonino Centonze
SS. 115 Dir. Selinunte Km 0+500, nr. 103