Winner

Etna Gold

 

From the ‘50s Francesco Costa and his father Nicola conducted an agricultural blooming activity, taking care of olive trees in their field, and pressing olives  in oil mill of that age.
In 1969 Nicola, with his wife’s help, opened his first oil mill in the center of Bronte, Santa Caterina street, renting a little locale and installing a traditional olive oil equipment (Press).
The work of the company was to press the olives of the producers, therefore exclusively on behalf of third parties.

Gaetano, when he was ten years old, went to the oil mill to help his parents. At the age of 16, he decided to stop his studies to devote himself to his passion, the oil mill. Before he became eligible, he managed the company with his relatives. When he tasted the olive oils, he perceived, even if in a superficial manner, positive and negative aspects. Then he attended same courses in oil taste.

In 1989 the oil mill was transferred on the outskirts of Bronte with stores and state-of-the-art equipments to have the best production, so in the same day it is possible to harvest and to press the olives. In this way the quality of olive oil will be very high. Consecutively the company obtains the authorization  to bottle its olive oil with own brand, realizing family’s dream..

In 2007 Francesco Costa turned over the business on to his son Gaetano, who, with great pleasure, decided to maintain the same brand of his father’s  oil mill “Francesco Costa”, and with much love he dedicated this brand to his first-born, who has grand-father’s name. In the last years, Gaetano Costa’s most coveted project was to produce extra virgin olive oil D.O.P. Monte Etna, realizing the best product with a very refined packaging. After an intensive and appropriate research, he bottled D.O.P. MONTE ETNA, with the trademark Sofia. Sofia will be the person in charge for the our superior olive oils.