Corti Brothers has imported Ardoino Vall'aurea since 1980. It is the prototype of Riviera oil made from taggiasca olives, the light fruity intensity oil beloved in Liguria. Vall’Aurea is the name given to this oil since it used to come from an olive covered valley to the north of Imperia on the Italian Riviera.(The valley really does look “silvery” from the olive tree leaves, but the result is the golden liquid extracted from the tree fruit.) Most of the olives that are worked for Vall’Aurea still originate there, but there is the inclusion of other fruit. Ardoino Vall’Aurea began the now common use of gold (or silver) foil wrapping of oil bottles to protect the oil from degradation by light.