Purpureum – Il Principato

ProducerTenuta il Principato
Crop Year2020/2021
CultivarCanino 100%
Harvesting MethodMechanical
Extraction MethodContinuous, two phases – Cold Extraction
Tasted onMar 2021

Thank you to Tenuta il Principato for sending us their Purpureum EVOO.

EVOO – Food pairing advice: Purpureum

Canino, in the Lazio Maremma, is one of the italian extravirgin olive oil capitals: it is located in Tuscia (northern Lazio) which, since the Etruscans, was known for the production of olive oil. So, from the glories of ancient Rome to Napoleon Bonaparte, passing through the Farnese popes, the history of Tenuta Il Principato begins.
Purpureum is their “heart” product: it comes from a true and vermilion passion that gives life, through careful care in the field and in the mill, to a balanced and versatile extra virgin olive oil in which the vegetable imprint of the Canino cultivar it’s evident.
Canino is the real “princess” of il Principato, made up of centuries-old olive trees which, over the centuries, have seen kings and queens fall.
Olive groves which, on the other hand, are still there, in the land of the ancient Etruria, giving us an extravirgin olive oil with vegetable scents and aromatic herbs which pairs perfectly with appetizers, soups or spring and vegetarian first courses, but also with fish and eggs. Do you want to know our recipe with Purpureum? Watch our video recipe!

Appearance & Visual Analysis

Purpureum EVO oil has a bright lemon yellow color with rich lime green undertones.

Scents & Olfactory analysis

To the olfactory analysis of Purpureum EVO oil the vegetable notes stand out: olive, celery, lettuce, chard, thistle, artichoke, tomato leaf, cut grass and a light tomato scent. These are followed and enriched by notes of almond, bitter and sweet, aromatic hints of oregano and marjoram and the spiciness of white pepper. A bouquet of white flowers and a hint of yellow apple is also delicately perceived.

Tasting: Aromas & Flavours



On the palate Purpureum EVO oil is characterized by a good balance between the bitter and pungent component. Also in the gustatory analysis the predominant component is the vegetable one with artichokes and lettuce followed by the aromaticity of a mix of aromatic herbs among which marjoram stands out. On the end are perceived gustatory aromas of sweet almond and walnut.

We love it with…

Purpureum EVO oil is elegant in its aromas and very well balanced. Precisely for this reason it goes well with vegetarian preparations, from appetizers to soups to main courses, where it enhances the “green” component. But it also lends itself very well to accompany fish and egg preparations.
Excellent with vegetarian and fish starters. A few examples? Mini parmesan and croutons with Ratatouille, zucchini and salmon quiche, tomatoes stuffed with rice, vegetarian soups as soups of spinach, chard and cabbage. The latter even if roasted and then seasoned with Purpureum is very tasty.
Also try Purpureum EVOO with fish dishes such as pasta and broccoli in fish broth and cod flans.

We paired Purpureum extravirgin olive oil with a “fusion” dish: ramen with buckwheat noodles, leek broth, pork loin and eggs. A dish rich in flavor where the Purpureum EVO oil gives vegetal notes that enrich the delicate flavors of ramen but at the same time enhance the sweet tendency of the meat and the vegetation of the leek.

Tenuta il Principato

Immersed in the heart of the Lazio Maremma, Tenuta Il Principato extends for about 10 hectares where centuries-old olive groves, deriving from the splitting of the Prince Torlonia estates, alternate with more recent plants.
With a total of about 1200 olive trees of the Caninese, Frantoio and Leccino varieties, the company uses a production technique prone to technological development while respecting the environment and quality.
Tenuta il Principato is located in Canino, a city that today, with its approximately 700 hectares of olive groves, is known as the City of Oil for its production of extra virgin olive oil, an oil of absolute quality certified by the DOP mark. In fact, olive growing has been one of the most important activities for this area since ancient times and has profoundly characterized it.

Tenuta Il Principato
Strada Provinciale Riminino
01011 Canino (VT)
Lazio – Italy
+39 388 4237608
+39 329 5817730
Tenuta Il Principato website

Terroir & Region


Lazio is the region which hosts Italy’s capital city, Rome. Olive culture started in Lazio millenia ago, reaching its maximum prestige during Roman age. Today olive culture is spreading all over the region, especially in the Lazio area of its major lakes and hills, and in the southern zone, the so-called Ciociaria. The most widespread and autochthonous varieties are: Itrana (best known as “Oliva di Gaeta”), Caninese, Carboncella, Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo.
Read more about Italian regions.

Cultivar / Olive variety


Canino, also called Canina, Caninese and Montignoso, is a very common cultivar in Lazio, especially in the province of Viterbo, from which it takes its name and where the PDO Canino is also born. Canino plants are, on average, resistant to cold temperatures and parasites. Canino olives show a medium-late veraison and the olive oil yield is medium. Canino-based EVO oils have medium levels of bitterness and pungency and express vegetal and aromatic scents. Discover more about cultivars.