San Domenico and Zagaria, the two estates of the Azienda Agricola Conte Spagnoletti Zeuli, occupy about 1,000 acres in the countryside of Andria, in northern part of the province of Bari.
While most of the land is dedicated to olive groves, the slopes of the outlying hills are planted with rows of Nero di Troia, Montepulciano, Aglianico e Bombino Nero, native grapes from which Castel del Monte, glory of the local wine culture, is born.
Blessed by calcareous soil and a dry, mild climate, warmed by the sun even in the winter, this is ideal olive country. The trees themselves are cultivated in accordance with the socalled “Barese chalice ” method, each plant from 9 to 15 feet in height and hollowed out at the center, as dictated by centuries of local tradition.
The farm cultivates the Coratina variety, pride of the northern part of Bari province, which, thanks to expert processing techniques, give to the olive oil an exceptional richness and density, as well as excellent organoleptic qualities such as flavor, fragrance and color.
All of the groves are outfitted with drip irrigation systems capable of providing each plant with up to 4 gallons of water per hour.