Oil tour – Bartolomei

Oil tour – Bartolomei

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Montecchio, a unique medieval village overlooking the Tiber Valley. It is here that the Frantoio Bartolomei was born at the end of the 1800s; since then there have been 4 generations, over 100 years of activity witnessed today by a fascinating Museum of Oil. Inside one of the rarest examples of a 16th century press , as well as old machinery, antiques, archaeological finds, period photographs and the most curious tools related to the world of olive trees. Walking through the exhibition halls, you can taste the work, the territory, discovering a jewel of these places!
In October and November it is also possible to directly witness the various phases of pressing and taste the freshly ground oil as soon as it is ground.
Set among its thousands of olive trees, the Oil Mill & Bartolomei Oil Museum is an original, unusual stage that leaves an unmistakable flavor in memory.
An intriguing tour of the World of Oil!


From the San Martino Agricultural Company, through our passion for our land and in particular for our olive groves, all our activity and our products come to life. As happens in almost all the small hill towns of Umbria, the town of Montecchio has always dedicated itself to crafts and agriculture.

Since the 14th century, the Bartolomei family has contributed to maintaining this ancient tradition unchanged over time, taking care of the olive groves with patience and dedication. Some are secular olive groves, others are younger and others are still in the planning stages … all are located on a continuous series of hills on which both the vine and the olive tree have found a particular dwelling that has given rise to the evolution of unique varieties. Here, given the perfect characteristics of the land and the favorable exposure to the South, the best vines have been recovered and the olive groves made more flourishing.

It is here that Al Vecchio Frantoio was born towards the end of the 1800s, always managed directly by the Bartolomei family. This is the first oil mill in Montecchio and consolidates even more the strong relationship that has always linked the family to oil production.

While maintaining the old stone mill processing unchanged, over time small technological revolutions have been introduced that have allowed the company to grow and obtain the success it still has today.

The first revolution is dated 1909: the replacement, in the press, of an iron screw instead of the wooden one, easily perishable and therefore slow. In 1946, on the other hand, a new type of high-pressure crusher was implanted, which allowed for the same amount of oil to be obtained in a single pressing, which was previously obtained in more than one press.

It is only at the end of the 1950s that the company begins to change its expectations, combining the simple processing of local olives with packaging and direct sales of the finished product.

Today similar products such as wine, olive cream, preserved oil specialties complete a gastronomic panorama of unquestionable quality and genuineness increasingly appreciated also at international level.

The most recent history sees the Bartolomei family becoming active even in the historic center of Orvieto with a lovely “Farm Store”: a small tavern to spread the culture of oil, and of Umbria. An oil mill with kitchen, a tavern, where you can eat at Km 0, products of friendly companies from the neighboring areas and seasoned with your own oil. A really cozy place, with an old stone mill, where you can eat, like a table; here in addition to lunches and dinners it is possible, at any time of the day, to taste olive oil, mini courses or buy. In summer you can eat outdoors !!


The curious story of a daily product.
In order to enhance and make the Umbrian farming life more and more known, the Vecchio Frantoio Bartolomei has created its own museum, collecting old machinery and antique tools relating to olive cultivation in special spaces, always open to the public. . The exhibition was conceived and implemented as a journey through the olive oil production phases: from the cultivation of the olive to the harvest of the fruits, from their processing to the storage of the finished product. Walking through the exhibition halls, where it is also possible to admire illustrations and period photographs, the visitor is guided to discover the secrets of a crop that dates back over 6000 years.
Right in our oil mill it is possible to admire one of the rarest examples of a 16th century press and, in addition, antiques, archaeological finds, curiosities and machinery used up until a few years ago which testify to how ancient the dedication and passion that the family is Bartolomei has for this agricultural practice.
guided tour of the museum and tasting
video in two languages ​​(Italian and English) on how to extract oil
ample free parking spaces
possibility of mini-courses
large outdoor garden for parking and games for children.


Walk among the olive trees
Visit to the Oil Museum
Visit to the current oil mill


Bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil
Bruschetta with olive cream
Truffle tasting mix
Platter of cold cuts and local cheeses accompanied by typical Panzanella
Specialty of preserves in oil (artichokes in oil and marinated garlic)

Two Wines:
A White: Orvieto Classico BARTOLOMEI

The visit and tasting can be combined with a Cooking Class with a personal chef.


Typical lunch or dinner in the historic center in Orvieto.
Typical dishes of the territory combined with our extra virgin olive oils.
Video on the production and small Entrè of explanation on the World of Oil and Wine

Crusher appetizer
Mixed bruschettine – artichokes in oil-truffle – Olive
Fiordilatte mozzarella with Extra Virgin DOP Umbria a Crudo
Homemade tagliatelle with wild boar ragù
Beef Carpaccio –Grana- Balsamic and Extra Virgin Selection Raw Raw
Cold Fennel and Orange Salad
Tozzetti and Vin Santo

Two Wines:
A White: Orvieto Classico BARTOLOMEI

The Typical Dinner can be combined with a guided tour of the beautiful city of Orvieto.

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