In order to ensure that each harvest lives up to its ideal aromatic profile, every year Francesco calibrates the proportion of each cultivar that goes into the Quinta Luna blend. Each cultivar requires its own processing method and adds its own unique flavor to the oil: notes of artichoke from the Moraiolo olive, complex herbs and tomatoes from the extremely rare San Felice and Borgiona varietals, sweetness from the Dolce Agogia cultivar.
One of the oldest families in Trevi, the Gaudenzi founded their mill in 1950. When Francesco took over the mill from his parents, they had 300 olive trees; today, he harvests 40,000, and manages the business alongside his wife Rossana and his sons Stefano and Andrea. The Gaudenzi family collaborates with the University of Perugia on research into technological innovations to the olive crushing process, and on finding innovative ways to reuse the waste materials from the production and increase the sustainability of their growing practices. They firmly believe that the best real extra virgin olive oil comes from the synergy between the expertise of an artisan and the most cutting-edge technology. But even in this modern production facility, due to the topography of the land and the variety of olives, the entire harvest must be done by hand, just as it has been for centuries.