Fruity Ripe Olive Oil
Our fruity ripe olive oil is an artisanal blend of olives harvested from the orchards of our estate. Immediately after picking, the fruit is cold pressed in order to preserve the natural properties within.
This oil comes mainly from the Salonenque and Aglandau olive varieties native to Provence.
Salonenque is a variety originating from Salon de Provence. It has been cultivated there for hundreds of years and supplies the inhabitants of the region with oil and olives.
Aglandau is found in the Baux valley, in the Gard, and also on the outskirts of Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence.
To make this type of olive oil, we use the same olives that we use to make our fruity green olive oil. However, we harvest the olives for this oil at a later date, which produces a smooth oil with an apple-like aroma.
This “round,” soft oil works best with delicate dishes. Delicious both plain and as part of a cooked dish, it can be enjoyed with all types of savory and sweet meals. It is also ideal in desserts as a butter substitute.
Château Virant has an HVE 3 certification issued by the French government. This distinguished label is only obtained after having reached the highest level of environmental certification for farms. This label signifies sustainable production and practices with careful management of natural resources.
The ripe fruity olive oil of Château Virant is an annual award winner at the Concours Général Agricole in Paris and the Concours PACA.
The Concours Général Agricole in Paris allows farmers across France to compete against their peers in select categories. Year after year, Château Virant continues to medal with its wines and its olive oils, making it one of the most awarded estates in all of France.
In addition to the CGA, our fruity mur olive oil wins medals every year in the South PACA region's oil competition.
In addition to the CGA, our fruity ripe olive oil annually medals in the competitive South Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur (South PACA) region, which accounts for more than ⅔ of French olive oil production. This competition, highlighting the bounty of the region, is judged by highly skilled industry professionals giving the medal special significance.
All of our olive oils are labeled Olive Oil from France. This is our guarantee that our select olive oils are made from olives harvested from the olive groves at the Château Virant estate, in the very heart of Provence.
How it's made
The making of our fruity ripe olive oil begins with a late harvest. The color of the fruit and the taste of the fruit on the palate are good indicators of maturity. Once harvested, the olives are transported by tractor to our mill where they will be pressed within 12 hours of being picked. To ensure this process, our mill operates 24 hours a day during olive harvesting season.
Upon arrival at the mill, the olives are washed, pitted, and peeled. Next, they are pulped, with oil separated from the flesh of the fruit by means of centrifugal force. Before being taken to the tank for bottling, the oil is filtered.
All of our tanks contain olive oil only from the current year. At Château Virant, we do not sell olive oil from previous years because to do so would compromise our quality standards.
Store oils in a cool, dry place to maintain the subtle flavors and nutritional benefits. By following these simple precautions, the taste qualities will not be compromised and the shelf life of the oil can be extended.
A Living Heritage Company
Thanks to its renowned oil mill, which is one of the largest in France, the Château Virant is the first estate in France to have been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label. A little bit like monuments designated as national heritage sites, this label recognizes companies that serve as representatives of excellence in French craftsmanship and enterprise.
Culinary College of France
Since 2018, all of our olive oils have been recognized by the Culinary College of France. Created by internationally renowned chefs Alain Ducasse, Thierry Marx, Joël Robuchon and Yannick Alléno, this institution promotes French gastronomy throughout the world. With its judiciously recognized products, the Culinary College of France celebrates the heritage of French artisanal cuisine.
|Appellation of origin||Olive oil from France, Provence region, France|
|Assembly||Salonenque, Aglandau and various varieties of the domain according to their state of maturity|
|Vintage||Current year's vintage|
Ripe apple, fruit notes
|Area||To produce this ripe fruity oil, 42 hectares of our olive grove are cultivated.|
|Location||The olive grove is located in the Bouches du Rhône, between Salon de Provence, Marseille and Aix en Provence.|
|Planting density||Our olive trees benefit from an average of 30m2 to flourish.|
|Floors||The soils of our olive grove are clay-limestone.|
|Date of harvest||The ripe fruits are harvested later in the season, from mid-November to mid-December.|
|Type of crop||The entire estate is certified High Environmental Value Level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture there is.|
|Oliveraie||The olives of our fruity ripe are harvested on the property of Château Virant.|
|Age of the olive trees||From the frost of 1956, the fire of 1985, or planted more than 15 years ago, the whole olive grove contributes to the elaboration of this oil.|
|Sorting||All our olives are subjected to a quality control by our team at the entrance of the mill, they are then stripped and washed before being transformed into oil.|
|Performance||We have an average yield of 6t/ha|
|Type of pressing||First cold extraction Continuous chain 12 hours after harvest|
|Dress||Pale green with golden sheen|
|Type of filtration||Plate filter|
|Smoke point temperature||210°|
|Oleic acidity||< 0,3|
|Peroxide value||< 8|
|Type of fruitiness||Fruity ripe|
|Type of harvest||We maintain a traditional collection method using nets, vibrating combs and manual combs.|
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Dominique T. published the 20/08/2023 following an order made on 08/08/2023
Très bon produit
Stephane D. published the 01/08/2023 following an order made on 19/07/2023
Ça faisait longtemps que je chercher une huile avec du goût ! Enfin je l’ai trouvé C’est pas l’huile que mon grand-père faisait mais c’est celle qui s’en rapproche le plus ! Du coup ça me rappelle de bon souvenirs de repas avec mon grand père ! Maintenant je sais où la commander ! Donc merci beaucoup 🙏
LISA C. published the 28/04/2023 following an order made on 16/04/2023
Vraiment excellente. Je recommande !
Roland A. published the 14/03/2023 following an order made on 03/03/2023
Très bonne huile digne de notre Provence.
Jean C. published the 23/01/2023 following an order made on 12/01/2023
Antoine S. published the 19/10/2022 following an order made on 08/10/2022
Hile très douce en bouche, parfumée et fruitée. Très agréable avec les salades et crudités.
Germain G. published the 11/10/2022 following an order made on 29/09/2022
Un peu cher pour de l'huile mais la qualité est au rdv.
Daniel B. published the 01/09/2022 following an order made on 21/08/2022
très bonne huile et qui est toute autre que celle du commerce. merci à vous et j'en suit satisfait.
Anita E. published the 17/08/2022 following an order made on 06/08/2022
Superbe découverte. Utilisation sur crudités, telle quelle. Tellement parfumée et goûteuse qu’ajouter du vinaigre, aussi bon soit-il, serait … une hérésie