The farm constituted, with its farmhouse buildings, equipped to process and stowage the various agricultural products that were obtained from the crops (oil, wine, citrus fruits, cereals, legumes) the hub of a vast property belonged, in ancient times, to an abbot after whom the whole county is named “Rocci”.
Here is the business center “Tenuta Stajano” with Francesca Stajano’s land and farm buildings, which date back to the eighteenth century, now partly preserved in their original purpose (old oil mill in disuse, old millstone and crushing grapes hall in disuse and others), partly used for oil storage and the housing of equipment and partly converted to a farm hotel with 9 small apartments.
The olive grove, consisting of two plots, is formed by centuries-old trees of local variety “Ogliarola” and “Cellina” and from plants ranging from 60 years (variety “Frantoio”) up to 20 and 4 years of variety “Leccino” .
Olives “ogliarole” produce a sweet oil, but full-bodied.
Olives “Celline” make a light and fruity oil.
Olives “crusher” and “Leccino” give a light and delicate oil.
The “Leccino” olives are excellent even for the canteen.
The name is due to its shape of a big long roll; from the ground, sloping towards the sea of Gallipoli, you can admire a beautiful stretch of Gallipoli Southern coast: there is a cottage on the highest hill, despoiled for decades in various ways and now in ruins.
The sparse and disordered olive trees found there are “cellina” and “ogliarola” varieties and they have been resettled in recent years and the variety “Leccino” was planted in a large part of the land, these olives are excellent at table but equally good for olive oil. From pressing these you get a light and delicate oil.
Together with funds “Marangone” and “Calcarella”, it constitutes a single farm unit.
Its name is due to the legal proceedings of the former owner which, following a dispute with a neighbour for a disputed olive tree, was sentenced to a hundred ducats of gold payment. Not having the sum, he lost the fund, sold at public auction.
There is planted an olive grove, average age fifty, with traditional varieties, “Ogliarola” and “Cellina”.
It was part of the “Briganti Farm” which, along with other vast farms, was the landed property of the Gallipoli’s family Briganti, of which Maria Briganti, one of the last two descendants of the family, was today’s owner Francesca Stajano’s father’s ancestress.
It is an olive grove, planted about 20 years ago with “Cellina” and “Ogliarola” varieties, replacing an intensive vineyard.
Along with another plot next to it, it constitutes a single farm unit with “Cellina” and “Ogliarola” olive trees little older than secular, and this is what remains of a much larger family farm “Pappo”, that used to extend in the countryside of Copertino and Nardò.
It’s a beautiful example of the first olive groves planted in the early twentieth century in a rational way with the precise sixth (12 × 12m).