“We are located in a natural basin, dominated by the historic center of Seggiano, where expanses of centuries-old olive groves and small vineyards surround Monte Amiata in a unique setting”
Podere Bugnanese is located in the countryside of Seggiano, in a natural basin adorned with centuries-old olive trees of majestic wisdom. It is here, where climate and nature paint a territory in perfect biological balance, that the cultivation of Olivastra Seggianese finds its maximum expression. As in a watercolor by Ruggeri, the ancient olive trees of about 800 years ago, watch as patient guardians the passage of time, of the seasons, of the centuries.
Brief history of Seggiano
Our territory that has its origins at the beginning of the tenth century as a possession of the Abbey of San Salvatore, then subsequently sold to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo. The history of Seggiano speaks of a Sienese domination that began in the second half of the thirteenth century to the fourteenth century, during which the families of the Salimbeni family exercised strong influences, then the Ugurgieri family from the fifteenth century onwards. The village remained in possession of the Republic of Siena until 1555 when it was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, following its fate from that moment onwards.
THE SEGGIANESE OLIVASTRA
The “Olivastra Seggianese” is a plant resistant to low winter temperatures that has been able to survive the foothills of Mount Amiata, an ancient extinct volcano, at a height between 300 and 650 m.s.l.m. The plants are large, with imposing foliage, characterized by high vegetative vigor, still grown in the traditional way, with small olives and big stones, but characterized by a high oil yield.
The pruning of the plants, and the harvesting of the olives, has always been done by hand, but in recent years, thanks to technological improvements, the company has been equipped with electric combs. This is sustainable from an environmental point of view, allowing us to respect the plants and the olives. It also reduces the time between the harvesting and the pressing that takes place at the end of the harvesting day, at a certified Seggiano Dop and Biological mill.
Hortulanus owns only Olivastra Seggianese olive trees, with a small percentage, from 3 to 5% of other varieties called “Giogliai”, which are male olives necessary for pollination of Olivastra Seggianese.