La Collina Blu is a project that myself and my husband, who builds olive oil presses, have been working on for a long time amidst kids and work and daily life.
The name La Collina Blu is a tribute to the beautiful blue light that surrounds our Tuscan hill just before sunset. But it is also a tribute to Blue Hill, the complicated suburb north of Stockholm where I grew up.
Here, kids start out with very little, but with a little love and trust they are capable of giving back much more than you could ever imagine. Just like olive trees. 
To me olive oil is something that unites my two worlds. In Blue Hill my mom bought the first olive oil I ever tasted from a little Greek supermarket. For a Swedish family it was exotic and a new discovery in the 1980s.

My husband Stefano builds olive oil presses (and is the real olive oil nerd in the family), and when I go back to Sweden, my boys and I always bring back a shoot from the olive tree in our garden to put on my father’s grave. Maybe one day all of the shoots that we’ve put there for the last twenty years will turn into an olive tree. Who knows?

The label is made by Francesco Giani, an artist and friend, and recalls the thirteen-floor tall houses and their thousands of windows, in Blue Hill. Houses that were built in the ’60s to host the first immigrants arriving in Sweden.

La Collina Blu is an artisanal extra virgin olive oil, hand-picked, hand bottled and labelled by hand. La Collina Blu is cold pressed within a couple of hours after harvest to keep vitamins and antioxidants. The varieties are the traditional Tuscan cultivars; leccino, frantoio and moraiolo, that gives a typical Tuscan flavour of fresh-cut grass, artichoke, almond and with a balanced peppery finish. It is an elegant extra virgin olive oil adding flavour but without covering the character of the food that you are using it with.
La Collina Blu is organically produced without any kind of additives.


Åsa came to Italy in 2001 because she loved Italian film from the fifties and sixties and wanted to learn Italian. It was love at first sight. Following a degree in political science and journalism at the University of Florence, she now writes about wine, food, travel and Italian culture for Swedish, Norwegian and Italian magazines.
Åsa organizes and guides on specialized wine & food tours to Italy since 2007. Thanks to these and her many press assignments she visits hundreds of wineries every year. She has visited all twenty Italian regions and travels a large part of the year. She comes to Sweden on a regular basis to hold courses and seminars on Italian wines.

In 2020 she started a small production of extra virgin olive oil called La Collina Blu together with her husband Stefano, that builds olive oil presses. The production is artisanal, quality minded and with respect for nature. The aim is to help the organically grown olives to be the best that they can be without altering their character. To produce extra virgin olive oil is also a way to maintain a tradition that has been so important to mankind for thousands of years.


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