Masseria Torre Coccaro
At Masseria Torre Coccaro, in Apulia, there are millenary olive trees and an olive-press that’s just as old. Here, fresh oil is extracted exclusively from handpicked, cold-pressed olives.
Here, man’s work harmoniously combines with the inner motor of nature in a process that is kept safe in the hands of the alternating seasons, and which has been passed down silently, from generation to generation, over the centuries.
Masseria Torre Coccaro is a stone’s throw from the sea. It was built in the 16th century, like many other ‘masserie’ scattered in Apulia: large fortified farms where landowners and farmers lived on the premises, producing enough to sell their crops on the market.
Today, a wonderful resort rises amongst the olive, almond and carob trees, surrounded by an ancient beauty. Everything is still in its place: the 18th-century consecrated chapel, where fishermen pilgrims from the nearby village of Savelletri used to stop. The pergola. The sighting tower, with the dovecote from which carrier pigeons once took off. And the grottoes, which once sheltered the farm’s sheep.
And finally the ancient olive trees, with their always new oil.