The basin of the lake of Como is located at an average altitude theoretically not suited for the cultivation of the olive tree; but instead the waters of lake work as large tanks, capable of accumulating heat and humidity during the summer period and to return it in the winter months, creating a microclimate exceptionally mild in the heart of northern Italy for the oil of the lake of Como.
With the advent of the industrial age many olive groves are replaced by crops more resistant to frost, typical of the area and the oil of the Lombardy lakes thus becomes a niche product, rare and appreciated by connoisseurs.
In recent decades, many inhabitants and many companies are interesting to produce oil, therefore, passing along the coast by boat or by car and by looking at the slopes are seen, not infrequently, olive groves that overlook the lake.
Under the heading of “Extra-virgin olive oil the Laghi Lombardi” are joined the productions olearie lakes Como and Iseo, that are particularly concentrated in oil basin, said “Zoca de l’oli”: this is the area between Griante and Sala Comacina, along the western coast of the Lario.
The healthy olives are harvested directly from the shaft, generally within the month of November; the operation can be performed manually, with the technique of the stripping , or with mechanical means.
Established in April 2011, the Cooperative “Olivicoltori lago di Como” is the mature fruit of years of work with competence, passion and continuity from 25 growers of the provinces of Como and Lecco, that, with the whole of their 2000 plants, already constitute today one of the major productive realities of the Lario.