Planting and raising olive groves is creating new values that remain for generations. They asked an old man who was planting olives; why do you plant olives that you will not be able to pick? He replied, "Look at those old olives, I didn't plant them, and I pick them."
Our vision was realized gradually and thoroughly, we started with the planting in year 2000. Every next year we planted about two hundred olives of autochthonous Istrian varieties, primarily the Buža variety, whose stinginess in yield is justified because its oil is one of the highest quality oils in Croatia – liquid gold, our customers would say. Today, after 20 years of effort and work, we can proudly say that our olive grove has 2000 olive trees. The history woven through the land and heritage is complemented by state-of-the-art technology in olive oil production. Every year in the autumn we pick our olives by hand and with the help of rakes and nets. The olives are then processed within 6 hours in the most modern oil mill Grubić, Bale.
Kristofola is a brand of olive oil associated with the history and values of Istria. For centuries, the name Kristofola has been associated with the plot on which we built our olive grove, near the picturesque Istrian town of Bale with a view of the Brijuni archipelago on the site of ancient Roman olive groves. The name is written in many maps and connects us with Saint Christopher, a man of giant growth and strength. His sacrifice and devotion is our guide today in caring for the land and the noble olive.
Istria is a God-given land for olive growing; The sun, the sea, the earth, the wind and the Mediterranean climate provide ideal conditions for the production of top-quality virgin olive oil. Our goal was to produce olive oil with more than 250 milligr / kg of polyphenols, which makes the oil a functional food (food with biologically active action). Today, Kristofola olive oil exceeds that number many times over.