History: between Tradition and Conservation 1

Buccia Nera has been a family-run farm for five generations. It is located on hills in the province of Arezzo, near the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Its olive groves are located in three geographical areas not far from each other: Campriano, Muciafora and San Polo.
The Mancini family began to grow olive trees in the mid-nineteenth century, using the typical cultivars of Tuscany, such as frantoio, moraiolo, pendolino and leccino. In the early 1900s they built one of the largest oil mills in the area, a point of reference for olive oil production at a local and regional level.

History: between Tradition and Conservation 2

In 1985 a terrible frost put most of the plants at serious risk and reduced the production of olives for several years.
But the family, committed to preserving its olive-growing heritage, undertook, not without much sacrifice, the necessary measures to restore and replant the damaged olive groves.
In 1990 the oil mill activity stopped, but the production of olives and EVO oil remained active. The family decided at that time to focus its attention on the other branches of the company: the winery and the agritourism.
In 2002 the 5th Mancini generation started to work in the company, contributing to the care of today’s estate. Right from the start they showed great interest in the production of high-quality EVO oil and the desire to preserve and pass on the tradition that the family had acquired after over a hundred years of olive growing. These ideals have prompted the new generation to re-evaluate their production of EVO oil.

History: between Tradition and Conservation 3

Even during a period of change and innovation, after 2002, the Mancini family continued to grow its olive trees with traditional, non-intensive agriculture, without the use of irrigation and according to organic farming practices.

Despite the different currents of thought, even the new and youngest generation has decided to enhance tradition to preserve the landscape and the Tuscan gastronomic patrimonies, of which EVO oil is the spearhead, using sustainable agronomic practices.

To date, the estate has about 3500 plants, a part with the centuries-old plants not damaged by the 1985 frost and a part with the new plants from the 1990 planting.