Producing olive oil since 1429
We are the sixteenth generation of a family that has been making oil since the fifteenth century with olives from our olive groves in Monteagudo, in the Ribera de Navarra.
More than 160 years ago our oil received national and international awards. At present we have renovated our olive groves and we reserve a small batch of our best olives to produce by hand an Extra Virgin Olive Oil with all the flavor of our land.
Sixteen generations of the family have succeeded one another over the course of six hundred years. Each one of them has been able to adapt to its time and, building on the respect for the family tradition, has used the most advanced techniques and scientific knowledge of each moment to modernize the farm, making it more efficient and obtaining the best possible oils.
Our olive groves are located in the Queiles Valley, in the municipality of Monteagudo, in the south of Navarra, at the intersection of Aragón, Castilla and La Rioja, a land bounded by the Moncayo with its 2314 meters of altitude, the Ebro River and its fertile Ribera and the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert area.
We have more than 50 hectares of Arbequina and Arróniz varieties, distributed in eight farms located 400 meters above sea level with soils and climate that allow us to produce extra virgin olive oils of the highest quality and great personality.
Our olive groves are located on sandy loam soils, with neutral pH and rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. As the soil contains many of the nutrients needed by the olive trees, the need for fertilizers is reduced.
As we learned from our elders, we use our resources responsibly to avoid their depletion, ensuring their sustainability in order to pass them on to the next generation. We reduce the use of fertilizers and phytosanitary products to the minimum necessary, which is helped by the ideal conditions of our farms.
Studies carried out by the Eco-Efficient Cropping Systems Group of the University of Cordoba in hedgerow olive groves similar to those we have in Monteagudo conclude that they have a positive balance in the carbon footprint, with carbon capture far exceeding energy emissions. According to this study, 1.24 kg of CO2 eq are captured for each liter of oil produced, a figure equivalent to that emitted by 40 cars during a whole year. Consuming our olive oil, therefore, is as beneficial for our health as it is for the planet.
There are companies that work thinking about the next quarter, most of them plan for the next fiscal year, and a few plan for three or five years. When a project like ours has been in existence for 600 years through sixteen generations, the vision is very different: we do not act thinking about the next quarters or fiscal years, but about the generations that will follow us. This vision is reflected in everything we do.
We allocate 1% of our extra virgin olive oil production to NGOs for use in soup kitchens. In addition, we cooperate with our community and other institutions by organizing and participating in different training, informative and social projects and activities.
We spare no effort or investment in olive grove management and oil production, using only the best olives and always prioritizing quality over yield. At the same time, we carry out a strict cost control and limit to the maximum all superfluous and structural expenses. This allows us to offer an extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality at a reasonable price. An oil for those who value essence over appearance; for those who prefer being to seeming.
Built more than a thousand years ago, it dominates the Queiles Valley, a landscape between the Moncayo and the Ebro, dotted with olive groves, vineyards and cereal fields, the same products that the Romans cultivated in these lands 2,000 years ago.
Being a border fortress, located at the apex of Navarra, Aragon and Castilla, the castle of Monteagudo has suffered countless sieges and battles that have forced successive reconstructions, the last of them in the eighteenth century after the War of the Spanish Succession.
The old chronicles tell us of the resistance that the Arab garrison of the castle put up to Alfonso the Battler when in the second decade of the 12th century he carried out his victorious campaign on both banks of the Ebro: “very primitive and almost impregnable, it had to succumb to the reason of the strongest and most tenacious”.
It has also witnessed important historical events, such as the signing of the treaty of peace and mutual assistance between King Theobald II of Navarra and James I of Aragon.