WELCOME TO FATTORIA DE NARDI
Welcome to Fattoria De Nardi! We are a small family-owned and operated organic farm located in the charming town of Winters, CA. We focus on growing Italian olive varietals for the production of hand-crafted extra-virgin olive oil and organic olive oil soap.
“Fattoria” is “farm” in Italian, and though growing and producing extra-virgin olive oil is our main focus, we like to dabble in many things on the farm.
Our olive orchard sits on 5.5 acres outside of Winters, in Northern California, just West of Sacramento and about 1 hour East of San Francisco. The orchard is comprised of nearly 400 olive trees, most for the production of extra-virgin olive oil (Frantoio, Maurino, Leccino, Taggiasca) and few for the the production of table olives (Lucques, Picholine).
We farm organically, preferring to take good care of our soil and our trees. In the Winter we grow cover crop (vetch, flax) for soil enrichment, and then mow it in the Spring. We use a combination of drip irrigation and micro sprinklers for watering efficiency, and tractor mowing and old-fashioned hand hoeing for weed abatement. Pruning is an ongoing process in the orchard, both for managing tree size to enable hand-harvesting, as well as for controlling pests by opening up the canopy to allow for ample light penetration. The steep hillside slopes require the trees to be topped so ladders aren't required at harvest time. During October, the fruit is hand-picked using nets and shoulder baskets, sorted for quality control, and brought to a nearby mill for processing.
THE DE NARDI STORY
The story begins in 1993, when Sofie arrived in the US (Silicon Valley) via Denmark and Australia to pursue her business dreams. Michael and Sofie met as co-workers at Claris Corp., where they happened to work two cubicles down the hallway. As fate would have it, they married a year later.
Shortly after the arrival of their first daughter, Mia, a combination of restlessness and spontaneity set in and they sought a change, deciding to pack up and move to the hilltop town of Cortona, in the heart of Tuscany.
Michael brought his bicycle and rode throughout Tuscany and Umbria, following the Giro d'Italia and local races, drank espresso from every bar near and far, and, miraculously, improved upon his Italian...