TOPOLIVA has a history that goes back to more than two decades. Founded in 1997 by M. Bechir Ben MAAD, TOPOLIVA owes its expertise to its long experience in growing olive trees and producing olive oil on the island of Djerba Here on this island with a history stretching back for several millennia, where our olive fields are cradled in summer by the soothing breezes of the Mediterranean Sea, we our organic, fresh and flavored extra virgin olive oil, appreciated by customers from around the world.
TOPOLIVA favours sustainable agriculture, growing a wide variety of olives and combining tradition and modernism; harvesting is carried out by hand while pressing is done by highly modrn units ensuring not toalter, in any way, its authentic and unique taste.
TOPOLIVA has also been able to get the ISO 22000 : 2005, certification, and all of its packaging and production processes fully with the international criteria and standards.
Our brands are guided by our rich Tunisian heritage: the island of dreams of Djerba has been known for millennia as one of the largest exporters of olive oil in the Roman Empire.
Th several hundred-year-old olive trees are our legion in Djerba. They are characterized by their thick shape and their cracked and knotty trunk, hence the talk of millennial olive trees. The olive tree is therefore a former companion of the Djerbian people. This exceptional story has inspired the creation of our brands "MENINX", "TERRA BELLA", "EL HARA" and "MEDINA".
TOPOLIVA grows its olive trees in ancestral groves on the island of Djerba, where the mild climate and the proximity to the sea give a special flavor to the olives picked.
Harvesting is done every year at the same time, entirely by hand, by experienced workers who make sure to keep good quality fruit.
The picked olives are immediately transported to our modern oil mill; a handful is tested to check its freshness and determine the quality of the oil.
They then follow a rigorous process certified according to international standards in order to obtain a high quality oil.
ANALYSIS & STORAGE
We carry out physico-chemical analyses on samples of our oil to determine the main characteristics (such as the degree of acidity),
Tasting is also an essential step to certify the quality of olive oil which is then stored according to its quality in stainless steel tanks away from air and light to avoid oxidation .
The olive oil is filtered to remove the extraneous particles. The raw materials in direct contact with the oil are for food use.
The bottles are then filled with olive oil using a filling machine which reduces oxidation as well as the risks of microbiological pollution.
During all the packaging stages, a periodic quality control is carried out.