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Orvieto
February 20, 2020

Along the Path of DOP Olive Oil from the Orvieto Hills

Location

  • Montecchio
  • Orvieto
  • Castel Viscardo
  • Montegabbione

Visiting time

  • 2/3 days

How to get there

  • Car required

An itinerary that traces a part of the path of DOP Olive Oil from the Orvieto Hills. The protagonist is the olive and olive oil which is the base of many local Orvieto dishes.

The village of Montecchio is surrounded by large olive groves and has always had a close link with the production of olive oil. It is one of the municipalities that best represents this territorial excellence. In Montecchio there is also an Oil Museum where tools and ancient machinery used for oil production are displayed.

Continuing from Montecchio along the “Strada dell’Olio DOP” you travel along country roads and urban stretches passing through the city of Orvieto. The presence of mills and oil producers for the hills of Castel Viscardo, up to the territory of Montegabbione, the end of the municipality of Orvieto where the cultivation of olive trees is widespread and there are many olive oil producers.

The denomination of controlled origin (DOP) “Umbria” accompanied by the geographical indication “Colli Orvietani” is reserved for the extra virgin olive oil obtained from the varieties of olive: Moraiolo, Frantoio and Leccino, that of the Colli Orvietani is one of 5 sub-zones of Umbria DOP extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil produced in the Orvieto area has a fruity and harmonious taste that goes well with the local cuisine, and is used raw in soups and on vegetables, or on the classic bruschetta.