Caposella was born when Elisa Petrucci, not even thirty years old, united two portions of the properties belonging for generations to different branches of her maternal family, historically rooted in numerous territories of the province and always with a predominant agricultural vocation.
When in 1996 Elisa started the production in Ugento’s olive groves, no one still bet on quality Apulian oil, much less on mono-varietals from native cultivars. (varieties).
In November 2000 she bottled two hundred liters of oil for her friends, the first pure Ogliarola.
Immediately the solicitations and acknowledgments from the most far-sighted specialized press confirmed that this is the way to go.
In 2011 she undertook with her husband Luigi the most difficult project: the restoration of Masseria Caposella, for decades in a state of neglect.
Finally, in July 2013, Caposella reopened, with a new hospitality vocation.
Meanwhile, Salento landscape changes face.
Slowly and inexorably the immense olive groves that characterize it are gradually disappearing.
The majestic millennial giants, apparently meant to exist forever, must bow and surrender to the dreaded Xylella Fastidiosa bacterium.
At Caposella today we are working together with agronomists, architects, artists and landscape architects, on an exciting project, probably the first of its kind.
The regeneration of the agricultural landscape with that few Mediterranean essences still allowed.
The vine, the fig, the cork tree, the strawberry tree, a small vegetable garden, the pomegranate and, why not, a small olive tree area with the only variety proven to be resistant to the bacterium, the Favolosa. We don't have much else. This is a challenge that will require time, patience, competence and stubbornness.
On our Instagram account from time to time the small steps forward.