Our story begins with Tommaso Olivastri (Senior) grandfather of Tommaso Olivastri (Junior) who has been the founder of the Olivastri Winery of which he is now the owner. Born in 1890 from a agricultural laborers family, in 1910 he landed as an emigrant in Boston, returning in Italy few years later to buy his first properties in San Vito, then lost due to the war. From 1915 to 1918 he was, in fact, recruited as soldier in the First World War, and for his merits he was awarded with the honor of Knight of the Order of Vittorio Veneto. After the war, he worked as a sharecropper in the properties of local Lord, dealing with the cultivation of grapevines, olive trees and wheat, as well as livestock breeding. With the sacrifice of a lot of work, he managed to buy a house and one hectare vineyard.
Among all the sons of Tommaso, Antonio is determined to continue the family agricultural activities. In the 40s looking at his future, it wants to buy new properties in the hillside area of San Vito, “a good soil to grow good and healthy grapes”, as he always remembered. His prospects faced the difficult reality of Second World War, so he decided to emigrate in Canada with his brothers (then reached by their wives). After few years, he gets a good salary job and starts sending a good part of his earnings in Italy where, guided by his father mediation, between the 50s and the 60s, he acquires the properties that will become the historical estates of the winery: Colle Foresta, Quercia del Corvo, Marcantonio. Back in Italy in 1960, these properties represented in the following years the basis of its prosperous activity in selling grapes and olive oil. However, what the Canadian experience brought in the life of Antonio and his wife Chiara Maria were not just new vineyards: in the last years before moving back to Italy, their first child Tommaso born in Montreal.
Since he was a child, Tommaso has always shown interest and involvement in all the activities related to work in the vineyards. This passion has never faded, and over the years from inherited knowledges and skills, he started developing his personal idea of being a viticulturist: contrary to his father working way, Tommaso prefers to sacrifice quantitative yields to pursue its quality project obtaining healthy grapes with an identity profile, that tell of its thoughtful work and of the territorial uniqueness of those vineyards of Abruzzo suspended between the hill and the sea of the Costa dei Trabocchi. Probably his entrepreneurial perspicacity already projected him to the future idea of a his-own cellar. Since the 80s Tommaso undertake a long convertion of all his properties into tendone training systems, with only Abruzzo autochthonous grapes; fundamental was the support of his parents, his relatives and his wife Maria. In 1989 he buyed L’Ariosa, (fare in modo che si possa cliccare su tenuta L’Ariosa ed essere rimandati alla sezione seaside estates) a land of over 4 hectares close to the sea, which he will choose, with a farsighted intuition, to dedicate to the cultivation of white grapes.
It was in 2000 that the dream of realizing a self-owned winery came true. Tommaso restructures the ancient paternal farmhouse and, buying the first wine machineries necessary for winemaking, he begins this new adventure with determination. Right from the beginning Tommaso have had valid agronomical and oenological collaborators, who became, over time, also and above all friends, and they will always share with him the philosophy that 'good wine is made in vineyard'. Being tradition-bound with his territory, the grape variety that Tommaso cultivates, vinifies and bottles are exclusively the autochthonous of Abruzzo: Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in hillside estates, Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola in seaside vineyards of L’Ariosa estates. Working hard, year by year, he manages to buy new oenological machineries, improving production techniques aimed at preserving in winery the quality sought in vineyard. Nowadays, with Tommaso and his wife Maria, also their daughters Chiara, Valentina and Federica are working in their family-winery. With the same passion and bond to the territory, they look to the future all together with the certainty that every new step will always be faithful to the imprint of genuineness always wanted and transmitted them by Tommaso.