Ipša Olive Oil – Awarded Family Production and Hospitality
Just like wine, Ipša olive oil has its own characteristics and features. Experiencing the first-class ones leaves unforgettable memories on your palate. In search of such premium tasting adventure, we visited a picturesque village Ipša, set high on the hill just a 10-minute drive from medieval Oprtalj in NW Istria.
The breath-taking scenery of green olive groves, grapevines, forests, and meadows
There is an old tavern and a tasting room where the owner, Klaudio Ipša, welcomed us and made us feel at home. Everything about Ipša property reminded us of family and tradition. Klaudio’s hospitality and the breath-taking scenery of green olive groves, grapevines, forests and meadows did not leave us indifferent. Klaudio decided 20 years ago to renew his family tradition of olive oil production and follows this passion today, sharing it also with his son. Today, after receiving many awards and world recognition, they are in the process of building a new, spectacular oil mill with a tasting room. We will come back for sure.
Ipša family tradition of production premium Istrian olive oils dates way back in time. Their olive trees range between 20 and 200 years of age. They are scattered on slope terraces between 180 and 420 m above sea level where they are less likely to be affected by the bad weather conditions. It was here, high on the hill, where we basked in the sun with a glass of wine in hand. Malvasia Ipša captured our taste buds as enjoyed its aroma of ripe apricots and the beautiful amber color.
Quality and tradition
The olive oil cultivars in Ipši are: Istrian Bjelica, Bugla, Črnica, Leccino and Frantoio. They are used for the production of awarded extra virgin olive oils – three are mono cultivars Frantoio, Leccino i Istrian Bjelica and one blend Selection.
And in their own vinery, they also produce wine from the native grape sorts: Malvasia Istriana, Pinot Gris and Santa Elena. The wine undergoes extended maceration and ages in wooden barrels.