Located in Umbria, at 781 meters above sea level, the village of Colfiorito gives its name to the surrounding plateau enclosed by the Apennines, an area protected as a regional park since 1995.
Its main feature is the high-altitude marshland, a rare landscape that influences the entire valley’s ecosystem, declared by the Ramsar Convention a wetland of international importance. A mix of biodiversity that hosts hundreds of different species, including butterflies, fishes, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and more than 150 species of birds. The area is surrounded by the Plestini highlands, from the ancient name of Colfiorito: a complex of seven basins that shapes the slopes, encircled by the steep ridges of the mountain. The contrast between agricultural plains and rolling hills, lake openings and steep mountains makes this land unique and wonderful.
Among the agricultural productions, the Red Potato of Colfiorito PGI is well known, but the Lentil of the Plateau is particularly important, and its unique characteristics distinguish it from its cousin of Castelluccio. However, other cultivations are common, such as cereals, legumes and varieties recently rediscovered such as wild pea and roveja.
The heart of our farm is Tenuta Mattioni, which manages over 1000 hectares of land. The production includes lentils of the Plateau, Red Potato PGI, spelt, barley and chickpeas.
A careful rotation is applied through these crops, following the discipline of integrated production, in order to preserve the natural fertility of the soil and obtain the maximum eco-compatibility.
Because of our great competence and thanks to the strong spirit of family collaboration, we are also chain-leader of hundreds of small farms around the territory. In this way, we build high-value local supply chains, which enable all to maintain market access, avoid crop abandonment due to low profits and maintain high levels of quality and biodiversity. A very important activity for these areas, which in recent years have been subject to frequent earthquakes. This continuous cooperation helped to prevent the local productive system and the social fabric itself from a possible crisis.
LOCAL SPECIALTIES IN ITALY
Here in Colfiorito, however, we know that every area of Italy is special and we are committed to find the best products in each of them. We were the first company in the industry to build controlled supply chains, which led us to earn the certification of traceability ISO22005 and integrated control UNI11233.
Currently our Italian certified supply chains, in which we lead hundreds of farmers that we follow in all the stages of the process, are:
• PERLA BIANCA BEANS FROM UMBRIA
• CHICKPEAS FROM MARCHE
• CHICKPEAS FROM APULIA
• LENTILS OF THE COLFIORITO PLATEAU
• STREGONI BEANS FROM PIEDMONT
• FARRO FROM TUSCANY
• VELLUTINA RED BEANS FROM PIEDMONT
• BARLEY FROM HIGH LAZIO
• CICERCHIA FROM MOLISE
• FAVA BEANS (BRAD BEANS) FROM APULIA
WE SELECT THE BEST PULSES AND IMPORTED CEREALS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Hard work and experience on the land: that’s how Colfiorito taught us how to choose the local excellences from many other places, close and far away, that are unique in the world – just like our plateau.
This allows us to find the best products, during the whole year, ensuring continuous availability and quality at the highest levels.
Our Agronomy team travels all around the world, from the quinoa crops in the Peruvian Andes together with FAO representative, to those of Flax Seeds in Bulgaria or even of Organic Pumpkin in China. Wherever we go, supported by a team of experts from international certification bodies, we ensure on-site that our standards are met in every place. From the fields to the shipment until the products get here, in Colfiorito, we check everything before approving an ingredient for packaging.
ITALY - Chickpeas from Apulia
ITALY - Farro from Tuscany
PERÙ - Quinoa
BULGARIA - Flax seeds