Smoked Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- THE STORY
- Harvested October 2014
- Estate bottled
- Smoked over organic woods
- Delicate, smoky flavor
In a world of imposters, this is the real thing. Rosa and Paco Vañó produce highly regarded olive oils on their family property in the Andalucia region of Spain. Their stunning smoked olive oil is made from hand-picked Arbequina olives, selected from areas of the land where the olives are of the best quality. Pressed within 2 to 3 hours of harvest, the oil is then cold-smoked over a mix of organic birch, oak and beech wood. The resulting oil has delicate, smoky aroma with hints of caramel, vanilla and toffee. Use it as a condiment or finishing oil to impart subtle, smoky flavor to salads, grilled fish, and white beans. Exquisite when drizzled over rustic Italian breads.
Castillo de Canena's olive-producing history dates back to 1780. The company takes its name from the family castle nestled in the hills of the township of Canena, in Spain's Jaen province in the region of Andalusia.
This Castillo de Canena is situated in the lush surroundings of the Guadalquivir River Valley, near the World Heritage cities of Úbeda and Baeza, two magnificent representatives of the cultural essence of Andalusia.
It is here that Rosa and Paco Vañó tend the family-owned olive trees that cover their family's farmland and where the olives are harvested to produce some of the highest quality oils in Spain from classic varietals such as Picual, Arbequina and Royal.
From the careful tending of the trees to the moment the olive oil reaches points of sale, the Castillo de Canena team monitors every step of the production process. The Vana's insist upon nurturing the tree's natural life cycle, combining traditional wisdom with cutting-edge technology and scrupulous respect for the environment. The electric power needed to run the orchard is obtained by solar panels, the pruning off-cut is used for biomass and there are several drought stress control points in the orchard to maximize the use of water.
It is this respect for traditional and sustainable farming methods combined with innovation in the cultivation process that produce some of the most exquisite oils in the world.