The bond between the Pantaleo family and olive oil is as old as one of our olive trees, with deep, firm roots in the Puglia region. Over a hundred years of tradition, and the constant commitment of generations of Pugliese entrepreneurs, have developed and established our business, making it one of the leading olive oil production estates in Italy.
Our story began in 1890 in Fasano where, thanks to a sharp business initiative, Antonio Pantaleo began to sell unbottled olive oil. His son Nicola was to revolutionise the family business in the 1940s when he decided to focus exclusively on oil for bottling, so that the Pantaleo name, already synonymous with fine quality olive oil, became a recognised brand outside the region.
Today Nicola Pantaleo SpA is a well-established business, expertly managed by Donato Pantaleo who is assisted by his wife Maura, son Nicola and daughter-in-law Amalia. Every year we produce about 12,000 tons of olive oil of different types: extra virgin, olive oil, olive pomace oil. We operate on both domestic and international markets, including those outside Europe where, in some cases (Japan, India, Oman, Qatar), ours are the most widely sold products
Aside from meticulous monitoring analysis and certification, Pantaleo quality originates from ancient knowledge above all, treasured and handed down through the generations.
Centuries of olive-farming culture passed down from father to son with real passion, forming our most authentic family tradition. This knowledge enables us to sketch an ideal map of our constantly evolving oil, made from lands, mills, farming traditions, cultivars, aromas and flavours. This map extends beyond the frontiers of Puglia, and even Italy, to include the whole of the Mediterranean basin and all the olive oil-producing regions of the world. A cultural network that is crucial to tasting olive-oil, the most important test that every blend and every batch of olive oil must, first and foremost, be good enough to pass. A decision which is still down to Donato Pantaleo and his son Nicola.
Our work is based on shared values, including meticulous conformity to current regulations; exceeding the legally established quality standards; protection, guarantee and fulfilment of expectations for those who buy our products; efficient production processes; respect for the environment; and exclusive use of fine quality raw materials.
Ours is a large-scale production which is mindful of the teachings of traditional farming. This is why we keep our production systems at a level below their true potential capacity, in order to minimise stockpiling and guarantee maximum freshness in our oils.
Quality raw materials
Our oils originate first and foremost from fine quality raw materials. As well as farming some of the olives organically on our own estate, we select our suppliers according to strict quality parameters, carrying out tests on the olive groves and the vegetative condition of the trees, and supervising the harvesting and pressing processes in the mills.
High quality parameters
In the first place we subject every batch of oil to tasting, to verify the presence of the prestigious qualities associated with the blend. After this initial test, we analyse the oil chemically to ascertain its conformity to nutritional requirements. To guarantee maximum quality, at this stage we apply our own parameters which are much more restrictive than those established by the EU and the relevant international regulations.
Conservation of raw materials
The batches of oil which pass all the tests are kept in stainless steel tanks, in which air contact is reduced to a minimum to eliminate any risk of decay. During storage the oil is periodically subjected to chemical and organoleptic analysis to monitor for alterations in quality or oxidation.
Blending, filtering and bottling
The blend is decided according to the qualities we are aiming for, while pursuing the best possible balance of the organoleptic features – fruity, bitter, sweet, piquant – through tasting, until final approval is granted. We give each blend a so-called “in-house code”, which guarantees the total traceability of the oil shipments used in the recipe. The approved blend undergoes two filtering processes to remove residues, humidity and impurities. Only then is the oil ready for bottling. Each batch of bottled oil then undergoes another tasting and laboratory analysis to ensure maximum quality and safety.
Pantaleo is synonymous with fine quality olive oil. We aim to offer you a superior product, with unmistakeable flavour and an organoleptic and nutritional guarantee, thanks to our fulfilment of quality standards that are higher than those prescribed by law.
All of our company processes are managed in compliance with HACCP guidelines, integrated with the requirements set out in ISO 9000 regulations.
In the countryside around Fasano, midway between the cities of Bari and Brindisi, is a land that has always had a vocation for olive cultivation. This area, which includes the protected oasis of the Parco Regionale delle Dune Costiere, is particularly known for its many historical olive groves, some of whose trees date back to the ancient Messapians, and are almost 3,000 years old.
With a view to promotion and preservations of local heritage, we have decided to recover over 50 hectares of abandoned, centuries-old olive groves. Some of the land has been used for intensive and super-intensive olive cultivation, in full conformity with organic farming principles, for the production of extra virgin olive oil. The remaining plots are used for organic cultivation of the famous “Regina di Torre Canne” tomato, a canning variety especially suited to long conservation, with a unique flavour thanks to saltwater irrigation, and rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, PP, and K. The fresh tomatoes are partly sold wholesale and partly in our zero food-miles shop on the estate, alongside other fresh vegetables and legumes grown organically in our vegetable garden.
A third portion of the harvest is processed in our ICEA certified laboratory to produce a traditional tomato sauce, offering all the traditional flavour without the addition of water, colouring, additives or preservatives. In order to safeguard our surroundings and environmental biodiversity, here at Pantaleo Agricoltura we have come up with a model of sustainable development, which makes use of the latest technological innovations, while respecting the agricultural tradition of our land.
Thanks to these features we have been included in the Terra di Brindisi “masserie didattiche” project. For this reason, in addition to our farming and productive activities, we organise educational visits for families, classes and groups interested in getting to know the local traditions, and offer various educational themed workshops. Pantaleo Agricoltura is also a Slow Food Presidium.
Quality has always been our objective with our extra virgin olive oil. This is why in 2001, along with other olive oil producers, we set up the Consorzio di Garanzia dell'Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva di Qualità.
The Consortium, which currently numbers 26 members including producers and sector associations, is open to all professionals, producers, packagers and distributors interested in promoting extra virgin olive oil culture through conformity to higher quality standards than those prescribed by law.
Our ongoing dialogue and partnership with professionals at all levels of the production network promotes a continuous, across-the-board exchange of information which positively impacts the progressive improvement of processes and oil quality.
The Consortium promotes scientific research programmes and national information campaigns, as well as setting the production parameters the member estates must respect. Certification is granted after meticulous checking of the production systems and following analysis of the final product in recognised independent laboratories. It therefore guarantees extra virgin olive of a superior quality, fully traceable, with distinctive organoleptic and nutritional features.