Our history

An ancient story involving a noble English family who transferred to the south of Italy, in the 18th century, to the then called “Kingdom of Two Sicilies” and subsequently to Calabria.

Sir John Acton, the head of the Italian side of the family, transferred to Naples when requested by King Ferdinand the IV to reorganize the Bourbon Kingdom’s naval division, where he subsequently acted as a close adviser to the King.  

Acton farm is today managed by princess Maria Eleonora in Cannavà, a village built by the Gerace family in Calabria.

The Gerace princes, an ancient Neapolitan family and owners of a large fortune, established their agro-industrial project in their Calabrian feudal land, with a view to lighting up all Europe’s main squares, as the olive oil, was once used for burning and lighting purposes, the so-called lamp oil. The Cannavà village was at its heart, acting as the company’s headquarters and production base. Even Russian ships reached the Calabrian coast to import oil to the Tsar of Russia and the oil business became a rich and flourishing market.                                                                                                                               

The Cannavà court was thriving with people during harvesting, some in accommodation around the manor house and others in wooden huts purpose built for a well-earned rest.

The Acton di Leporano princes, heirs from the female line and inheritors of the Cannavà production activities, now run the farm and have brought in the latest technological innovation to guarantee top quality for their outstanding extra virgin olive oil, which is appreciated all over the world.

A love of the land and centuries of tradition have given birth to an extra virgin olive oil with excellent organoleptic characteristics.

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