The story of the Gonnelli family dates back to 1585 when on the 13th of February the brothers Francesco, Lorenzo and Giulio, the sons of Taddeo di Michele di Lorenzo, bought for 300 coins from the Friars of the “Convento del Carmine di Firenze” the farm of Santa Téa, as proven in the sales document held at the Public Notary Records office in Florence.
At that time the related oil mill, built in 1426, was known and appreciated for its special oil, the result of olives made noble by the particular micro-climate of the sun-baked upland plain of, 400 meters above sea level, which is 30 minutes from Florence in a southerly direction.
Since then the Gonnelli family, brothers, children and grandchildren, raised in the shadow of the Frantoio di Santa Téa, monument of hard work of yesterday and today, handed down a true art, with all the knowledge, wisdom and expertise in the cultivation of olives and their pressing. The artisan arts of olive growers, developed at the time of the medieval guilds, still preserve the techniques and secrets of the task of producing the finest oil. An art that derives from the best tradition of the oil mill, preciously preserved in the museum and from the ongoing experimentation in innovation research, both in relation to production and cultivation.
Gonnelli 1585 is a trademark that represents the relationship between the Gonnelli Family and the world of traditional oil production. In 1585 the family bought the farm of Santa Téa and the related Oil Mill built in 1426. Today the Gonnelly family, also owner of the Frantoio di Vertine in the Chianti Classico, represents one of the Italian excellences in the world of Extra Virgin Oil.
The philosophy has always been to offer a healthy, genuine and natural product and this is only possible by following directly every phase of the production: for each process they apply new innovative technologies to obtain an excellent product. A company that achieved several millstones in the sector and has been a continuous endorser of the importance of oil as food with innumerable nutritional and health-related properties, as well as bearer of taste and value in every dish and preparation. Today Gonnelli 1585 offers a wide and varied range of products that includes sixteen different oils with their various tastes and aromas.
GIORGIO GONNELLI, the latest generation of the family, shares his thoughts about the work and the vision of the company today:
“We have always been, and are proud today to represent a company with a complete control quality chain of the production.
Our efforts involve work that starts from the olive tree to bottling of the final product. For us produced and packaged product, is a process applied on all our bottles and is part of an approach to quality extra virgin olive oil that is our pride, but also an added value that our customers understand and appreciate “. This way of thinking, represents a mix of bond with the territory and its traditions and an avantgarde vision on extra virgin olive oil that sees this company as a protagonist on various markets. Above all this is an artisanal production system that manages to combine quality and significant production volumes.
The secrets of Gonnelli extra virgin olive oil are centuries of passion and experience that today lead the Gonnelli 1585 brand to be one of the Italian excellences in the world in terms of quality extra virgin olive oil. The secret has always been to follow directly all the production phases: from the work in the olive groves to the transformation in the mill, necessarily passing through a strict selection of the olives.
That is why the extra virgin olive oils from the company gained a numerous amounts of awards worldwide and recognition of famous chefs and are at the top of the food market services.