ULIVETI CASTEL SAN MARTINO: ABOUT US
Uliveti Castel San Martino is a farm based in Solopaca, in the region of Campania in the South of Italy.
Our main activity is the cultivation of olive trees and the production of 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil. In addition, we produce, in cooperation with other farmers and artisans in our district, other local food such as olives, tomato sauce and bakery products.
Since 2014, Giovanni and Nils Johan run Uliveti Castel San Martino together with a fantastic group of people.
Solopaca is the town where Giovanni’s family has its roots. Giovanni’s family was always involved in the cultivation of land. However, the two generations prior to Giovanni's cultivated the family land mainly for own consumption.
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The last generation who run the farming activities for making a living were Giovanni’s great grandparents. Giovanni’s great grandmother, Elvira, was the matriarch of the family and a smart and enterprising woman who run the farm together with her husband Pasquale. Together they looked after the family olive groves and vineyards in the same way their families did for several generations before them.
Ornella, the granddaughter of Elvira and mother to Giovanni, dreamed of restarting her grandparents' activity of land cultivation and producing extra virgin olive oil. In 2011, Ornella inherited the family olive groves and, together with her husband Ernesto, she stared looking after the family olive groves and set up Uliveti Castel San Martino.
After Giovanni’s mother passed away in 2014, Giovanni and Nils Johan decided that Ornella’s dream should have been carried forward. Giovanni left his university career in London and committed all his working time to the pursuit of his mother’s dream. In 2015, after Ernesto passes away, Giovanni, together with Nils Johan takes over the family farm Uliveti Castel San Martino with the aim to develop it into a sustainable, equitable and socially responsible olive oil farm - something that also Giovanni's parents would have wanted for Uliveti Castel San Martino.
In 2011, following the steps of her grandmother Elvira, Ornella sets up Uliveti Castel San Martino
Together with their friend and business partner Michele, who joined the farm in 2016, Giovanni and Nils Johan take care of the family olive groves and work to bring back to their past glory and beauty abandoned olive groves in the town of Solopaca.
The olive groves’ expansion has allowed Uliveti to take care of local olive cultivars at risk of disappearance such as Ortice and Femminella. These local olives are used to produce delicious and unique monovariety extra virgin olive oils. The achievements of Uliveti in this field are recognised by the organisation Slow Food who made Uliveti Castel San Martino a Slow Food presidia for the extra virgin olive oils Ortice and Femminella.
Uliveti Castel San Martino is an award-winning family farm. The quality and excellent taste of its products is in internationally renowned olive oil competitions.
Uliveti also cares for the surrounding environment and since 2021 the farm has entered a conversion period in order to become an approved organic farm.
From 2011 to 2014 Ornella and Ernesto run together Uliveti Castel San Martino
In addition to selling award-winning extra virgin olive oil and other local food products, Uliveti offers travel concepts for those who would like to visit the farm and the surrounding area. We also offer pruning services for companies and private individuals in Italy.
Uliveti also values the dissemination of knowledge and culture about the use of extra virgin olive oil as a healthy ingredient. To this end, Giovanni and Nils Johan, who are certified olive oil tasters, run olive oil tasting courses for private individuals, companies, and for shops where Uliveti sells its products.
Our aim, at Uliveti Castel San Martino, is to increase the visibility of an authentic and beautiful part of Italy by making you experience it the delicious products we produce and by visiting our beautiful farm and the surrounding area.
Since 2015, Giovanni, Ornella and Ernesto's son, together with Nils Johan and Michele run Uliveti Castel San Martino using environmentally sustainable and ethical farming techniques
Giovanni Filippo Cozzi
PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR Giovanni is responsible for and coordinates the day-to-day running of Uliveti's activities. Giovanni is also co-director of Uliveti Noreg AS, company distributing Uliveti's products in Norway.
Nils Johan Svalastog Garnes
PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR Nils is responsible for export sales and for co-planning Uliveti's activities during the year. Nils is also co-director of Uliveti Noreg AS, company distributing Uliveti's products in Norway.
PARTNER & AGRONOMIST Michele provides guidance and advice on the agricultural management of Uliveti's olive groves.
SPECIALISED AGRICULTURAL WORKER . Antonio's main activities include harvesting olive trees, pruning and other maintenance of Uliveti's olive groves. Antonio also works in Uliveti's production unit where he is responsible for bottling and packaging processes.
AGRICULTURAL WORKER. Yussif's main activities include harvesting olive trees and maintenance of the olive groves during the year.
AGRICULTURAL WORKER. Francesco's main activities include harvesting olive trees, pruning and other maintenance of Uliveti's olive groves. Francesco also works in Uliveti's production unit where he assists in the bottling and packaging processes.
EQUALITY, RESPECT, INTEGRITY AND FAIRNESS
We believe that agricultural sustainability can only be achieved by creating harmony between nature and people.
At Uliveti we strongly believe in empowering people and promoting social inclusion irrespective of gender, race, age, background and any other potentially divisive category.
We believe in environmental protection and the importance of conserving biodiversity.
As such we only use non-intensive and organic farming methods and commit to a model of a short food supply chain.