Forestaforte - Producers from 1583 -
The historical link between Merlcarne family with the territory of Salento and its secular olive groves goes back to ancient times. The first official documents, as evidence of the origins of this ancient family of olive growers, are enclosed in the notarial acts of 1583, 1584 and 1587, written in Latin by the notary Antonio Romano.
In the past century the established family interest for olive growing resulted with in the birth of a traditional discontinuous milling system, commonly called “olive press”, after replaced by a new generation of continuous milling system. With due respect for traditions, the unceasing research of innovation and the achievement of high quality standards led the agronomist Giovanni Melcarne to develop the “Forestaforte” trademark, which spread the flavours and aromas of Salento across Italy and all over the world.