The green oasis of central Istria is widely known for its untouched natural beauty. The valley of the river Mirna which with its current and tributaries is responsible for the fertile soil, the beautiful Motovun forest as the habitat of black and white truffles, Hum - the smallest town in the world, the Glagolitic Alley, the little towns and villages surrounded by thick walls and other beautiful sights express a perfect symbiosis between nature, culture, heritage and tradition, and the hardworking and friendly local people.
It is right in this area that the Giancarlo Zigante d.o.o company was established. Although Giancarlo Zigante had always lived with truffles, it was only in 1992 that the company for the sale and processing of truffles with its headquarters in Plovanija was established.
Since then the company has opened several shops that sell truffle products, the Zigante Restaurant in Livade with delicacies made from Istrian truffles, 4-star comfortable accommodation, as well as one of the most modern factories for the processing and conservation of truffles in Europe.
The oil is a clear and intensive green-yellow colour, rich with notes of wild chicory, cut grass, artichokes and vanilla. The special aromas that come from the Zigante truffle factory give an additional magic of taste and aroma to these top olive oils: aromas of porcini mushrooms, black truffle, white truffle, rosemary, hot chilli peppers, lemon and basil.
The Zigante factory is equipped with the latest machinery for the production and packaging of the products and it is fully automated. Around 30% of the total production is intended for export, whilst the remainder is sold on the domestic market and is placed in 6 of their own shops in Livade, Buje, Grožnjan, Motovun and Buzet in Istria and in Koper in Slovenia.
In total more than 50 different products are produced in 5 lines: Standard, Premium, Gastro, Delice and Private Label.
Today the Zigante company employs about 80 people and has representative offices in many European countries as well as Australia, Japan and the USA.
Contact number 052/777 409
Working hours: Shop Livade: 9:00-21:00 h
Address Portoroška 15; 52460 Plovanija