Krasica is a small village just a few kilometers from the medieval town of Buje famous hosting the most prestigious olive oil exhibition in Istria every year in March. You can visit Nino Činić’s tasting room and shock your palate with piquant extra virgin olive oil coming from the green hills surrounding the village. Nino is a local olive grower whose olive oils regularly enter the prestigious Italian extra virgin olive oil guide Flos Olei curated by Marco Oreggia.
A true expression of northern Istria is the oil made of 100% Bjelica, an olive variety indigenous to this region, resistent to strong wind “bura” and low temperatures. It is of dark green color, almost fluorescent in its appearance. The oil is dense, with strong aromas of fresh green grass and olive leaves, green apple, radicchio and aromatic herbs. The flavor is strong, more herbaceous and vegetable-like than fruity, dominated by bitter and peperish notes (especially in the finish), which are nevertheless well-balanced and pleasant.
Nino also produces olive oils from Leccino and other Tuscan olive varieties whose flavor is less aggressive and thus more suitable for delicate palates. Booking in advance is essential.