A rewarding Pursuit
"The sights and tranquility of the land captured my heart but the taste of olive oil from the region captured my soul. These trees are living testaments to the Italian past and are truly a part of my family. Behind our extra virgin olive oil is a story of tradition, family, and a desire to create the world's finest olive oil.
Share a bottle with those you love. Give them the gift of great company, great conversation, and a great oil that truly is the heart of Italy."
The story of Brezza Tirrena begins in Jerusalem, as John Mancini was visiting and admiring the olive trees in the ancient city. He was enamored by the way they influenced life in Israel, and tried to grow them at his home in the United States. When the desert climate of New Mexico didn’t prove suitable for Olive trees, he fortunately discovered from a friend he could buy a small grove of trees from his Italian family. After a series of fortuitous events, he was amazed to discover that his family had lived in this very same region in Italy.
From Our Family to Yours
This personal pursuit has now given us an opportunity to bring the amazing taste, quality and flavor of Italian olive oil anywhere. Olive oil is the heart of Italy, and now your can experience the tradition yourself.
Trees are Like Family
A remarkable history.
It’s just not a tree. It’s something far more than that.
Nourished by the Breeze of the sea
The trees that produce the olives for Brezza Tirrena have been carefully tended and cared for by the people of Fondi, Italy for nearly 200 years. Fondi is located about one hour south of Rome and is surrounded by mountains to the north and east. The Tyrrhenian Sea lies to the west and helps to provide a wind that slopes through the valleys and mountains and kisses the olive groves that grow there.
Continuing the tradition
Fondi and the nearby town of Lenola are filled with tradition of family, food, and of course, olive oil. Many families own olive groves which have been passed down from generation to generation. Olives are harvested and processed yearly to create oil for their own personal use. It’s a tradition that goes back generations and even has found it’s way into historical texts. The writings of the Ancient Romans centuries ago note that this area produced the finest olive oil.
Harvesting in Haste
Everything, from picking the trees to sorting the olives, is done by hand to ensure that only the choicest of olives go into our oil.
Processing is done just a few miles from our mountain-side groves. We cold-press the olives to retain all the flavor and health benefits. Bottling in done at the same location.
our bottle… as carefully chosen as our olives
Delivering authentic Italitan Olive Oil takes more than just meticulous harvesting. Ensuring that the oil you have in your kitchen is as close as possible to the taste that comes from the grove is our utlimate goal. Therefore, we don’t skimp on the bottle or our packaging process.
air & light..
the enemies of a great oil
Most olive oil is stored or shipped in glass containers. While this may make look nice on your table, storing oil in a glass container is less than ideal. Through the glass, light begins the oxidation process resulting in an oil that loses its amazing taste and removes valuable nutrients. Because of this, Brezza Tirrena is stored and shipped in stainless steel bottles where no light can penerate.
Air also begins the oxidation process and therefore we pressurize each bottle with nitrogen gas. When you first open your Brezza Tirrena bottle, you’ll here the “rush” as it escapes the bottle.
The result is an Olive Oil that tastes like what a real oil should taste like.
Great Health from Great Taste
Enjoy Olive Oil for your health? Yes.
The citizens of Italy and the Mediterranean area are among the healthiest in the world and it’s no big secret that they attribute much of their good health to the abundance of olive oil they enjoy daily. But what does science have to say about this?
Recent research has shown that inflammation in the body can be the building blocks for cancer and other various diseases. Olive oil contains a phytonutrient called OLEOCANTHAL which mimics the anti-inflammatory properties of ibuprofen. Inflammation in the body provides a welcoming environment to free radicals that can then turn to dangerous cancer cells. Recent studies by Rutgers University and Hunter College have found that the polyphenols found in olive oil can eradicate cancer cells while doing no collateral damage to healthy cells (1).
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans (2). Olive oil has been shown to lower the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and healthy fats, like olive oil, have been shown to raise HDL (good) cholesterol in some instances. The monounsaturated fats found in olive oil help normalize blood clotting which a benefit to those with heart disease risks or those who have recently undergone heart surgery (3).
Traditionally, a low-fat diet has been the advice given to those at risk for type-2 diabetes but new research has shown that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats may help control those with type-2 diabetes or those who are at risk of acquiring it. The polyphenols in olive oil help to improve blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and blood lipid levels (4) which are the first steps to diabetes resistance or control.
Medically-speaking, olive oil truly is a building block of a healthy life. We’re proud to provide an olive oil that is both healthy and delicious but more than that, we’re happy to be a part of helping you to live a longer, more fruitful life. But good health is only part of what we do. We want to provide you with an experience that will make you healthy in both body and soul. So when you’re enjoying our oil, surrounded by those who mean the most to you, remember that good health doesn’t just benefit you. It’s for all of those whom you are lucky enough to call friends and family.
Our OLIO PRESTO was recently ranked as one of the Top 50 olive oils in the world by the World Olive Oil Labs in Athens for high polyphenols. These natural chemicals found in olives and preserved in our Extra Virgin Olive Oil are precisely are proven to have tremendous health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Award-Winning Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Our 2017 Awards
Gold Grand Mention – 2017 Leone d’Oro Olive Oil Competition
Packaging Design Silver Medal – 2017 Leone d’Oro Olive Oil Competition
Gold Honorary Award – 2017 Aristoleo High Phenolic Extra virgin Olive Oil Competition in Greece
The World’s Best Olive Oils Gold Award – 2017 New York International Olive Oil Competition
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gold Medal – 2017 Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition