It is widely known that Istria is not only the largest Croatian peninsula, but also a part of Croatia for which we can say that God has given them not only a perfect geographical position and a natural and cultural-historical beauty, but also a grateful and fertile land, valuable and diligent people and a wonderful arable culture, which are appreciated throughout the world.
The Negri family is another successful family who moved to this region from the faraway Italian city of Bergamo way back in the 16th century. This family greatly influenced the history of Istria and area of Labin and it is their coat of arms that is found in several places in the town of Labin. This coat of arms, made up of several elements, the Venetian lion, a hunting dog and a hawk as the protector of the family, which is found on the top of an olive tree in the centre of the coat of arms, speaks of the many centuries of the tradition of olive oil production.
The 1990s began with the realisation of the project of the revitalisation of the buildings and individual activities which the Negri family dealt with, and which consisted of several parts and phases of the realisation: the Negri estate – accommodation, the Negri palace – an art and gastro-gallery, olive groves and olive oil production. Their olives grow on the east coast of the Istrian peninsula, in the municipality of Raša. They are processed by a cold process and upon filling they have a high degree of natural antioxidants which assures a medicinal effect. They produce 4,000 litres of extra virgin olive oil each year from the Leccino, Pendolino, Buža and Istrian Bjelica varieties.
In this beautiful location you will certainly enjoy the countryside and learn about the olives themselves, the varieties and all the work connected to the processing of olives which you can also taste in their gastro-gallery in Labin. This kind of art gallery combines special events, arts and history and can accommodate up to 50 people.
The olive oil is a wonderful green colour, has a uniform bitterness and spiciness, with aromas of bitter almond and thyme plus a distinctive taste and smell of the olive fruit, apples and grass.
Address Albona, G.Martinuzzi 11, 52220 Labin