-Olive harvest in Salento

Olives are harvested for the first time in years at Azienda Agricola Vergari on October 21, 2021 in the countryside of Supersano, Italy. Like almost all olive growers in the Salento peninsula, an area known for its olive oil and its ancient olive groves, Vergari lost most of its olive trees to Xylella fastidiosa, a plant bacteria from Central America that over the past ten years has affected millions of trees, turning an entire province into a cemetery of dead tree trunks. After eradicating all of the farm’s centuries-old olive trees, Vergari has re-planted a new, modern olive grove using …

-Traditional wine harvest in the Valle d’Itria

A family making its own wine at their countryside home on September 25, 2021 in the countryside between Locorotondo and Cisternino, Italy. The Itria valley, famous for its traditional wine harvest, olive groves and ancient stone houses known as trulli is a UNESCO heritage site.

-Paduli, summer of 2021

The Paduli used to be a dense forest of oak trees, the Belvedere wood, which were cut down in the 19th century to make room for olive trees. Because of its fertile soil and abundance of water, over the years the Paduli became a sort of “farmed forest” that was supposed to be especially beautiful and magical.