Chiuse di Sant'Arcangelo EVOO takes its name from the area where its olive groves are located, 600 masl and right next to an ancient little church dedicated to St. Arcangelo, surrounded by the woods.
“Dall’alto si contemplano paesaggi come patinati, conche di un verde argenteo, colline che scendono lentamente a valle recando torri, campanili, basiliche, monasteri. Tramonti limpidi, di un rosso privo di eccesso, sfumano sulle rocche e sugli oliveti, tra suoni di campane e rondini. L’aria leggera dà un senso di euforia fisica.” (Guido Piovene)
Umbria is popularly defined as the “Green heart” of Italy: it is located in a central position with no outlets in the sea, and it is rich in groves and natural reserves.
The climate is peculiar: continental and definitely colder than all other regions of Central Italy. Over the years olive culture had to face out quite frequent frosts and cold temperatures, so thorough research has been put up in order to find the best hills and exposure to protect the olive trees from harsh weather conditions.
The principal cultivars in Umbria are Moraiolo (which on this territory expresses very good high quality), Frantoio and Leccino, besides the autochthonous Dolce Agogia (mainly found in the Trasimeno lake area), Rajo, Correggiolo and others (i.e. Borgiona, Bianchella di Umbertide, Pocciolo, Nostrale di Rigali).
Umbria has 1 PDO, Umbria PDO, whose EVO oils can be obtained from Leccino, Frantoio, Moraiolo, San Felice, Rajo and Dolce Agogia. Umbria EVOOs characteristics are particularly diverse: olive oils manufactured in the Assisi and Spoleto areas have a very strong taste, while they have a much gentler flavour near the Trasimeno.