Benza BuonOlio is made from 100% Taggiasca, the most common olive variety of the Imperia province on the coast of Liguria and the source of the region's signature delicate, balanced olive oil. BuonOlio is one of our smoothest real extra virgin olive oils. The 2023/2024 harvest is perfectly balanced, with the aroma of green apple on the nose and a fantastic richness on the palate. Barely bitter, it has elegant notes of almonds and pine nuts and just a pleasant spice at the finish. An exquisite finishing oil is also perfect for cooking or whipping up homemade Pesto alla Genovese, a Ligurian classic, with pine nuts and lots of fresh basil. ...read more
The Taggiasca olive thrives in Liguria's mild, temperate seaside climate and calcium-rich soil. Still, olive oil production here is far from easy. Groves are perched on terraced hills inaccessible to modern harvest equipment, so the olives must be picked by hand. Many farmers have abandoned their groves, leaving the landscape in decline and vulnerable to brush fires.
The Benza family has been making extra virgin olive oil in the Ligurian Riviera since the 19th century. "My parents taught me that good oil comes from a highly scrupulous production process," explains Gigi Benza. "But above all, it comes from quality olives - that's why I personally look after them from the time the plant flowers until the harvest."