In the late 1970s, a group of Italian entrepreneurs founded Agroittica, an innovative fish farm that would pave the way for sustainable aquaculture practices. Combining industrial, aquaculture, and agricultural environments, Agroittica was a revolutionary concept that would set the standard for environmentally-friendly farming for decades to come.
But it wasn't until 1981 that Agroittica truly made history with a groundbreaking project that would change the future of caviar production. That year, Gino Ravagnan, a longtime partner of Agroittica, teamed up with Russian professor Serge Doroshov, a marine biologist from Davis University in California, to develop a pioneering breeding program for White sturgeon, a species native to the Pacific Coast of the USA.
The introduction of this new species at Agroittica's farms in Calvisano was a game-changer for the company and for the caviar industry as a whole. Not only did it make Agroittica the first European company capable of raising sturgeon in captivity, but it also opened up a whole new world of possibilities for caviar production.
The team at Agroittica was dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for their White sturgeon, and their commitment to the wellbeing of the fish would soon pay off. Through their passion, craftsmanship, and research, they were able to produce a caviar of superior quality, which they named Calvisius Tradition. This exceptional caviar quickly gained a reputation as "the Black Gold of Calvisano," a true delicacy that would come to be appreciated by gourmets all over the world.
Today, almost 50 years later, Calvisius remains at the forefront of sustainable aquaculture and premium caviar production. With a deep commitment to the welfare of their fish and a passion for craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations of caviar masters, Calvisius continues to set the standard for excellence in the world of caviar.