Our olive groves are located in the Queiles Valley, in the town of Monteagudo, in the extreme south of Navarre, at the apex of Aragon, Castile and La Rioja. It is a land delimited by the Moncayo with its 2314 meters of height, the Ebro river and its fertile Ribera and the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert place. We have fifty hectares of Arbequina and Arróniz cultivars, distributed in eight estates at 400 meters over the sea level, with soils and climate that allow us to produce our unique extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality. Our olive groves are planted on sandy loam soils, with a neutral pH and rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Since the land contains many of the nutrients needed by the olive trees, there is a reduced need for fertilizers.
The climate is also ideal. Winters are cold and summers are hot and dry. The thermal differences between day and night, and between winter and summer, are essential for the successful growth of the olive tree and for enhancing the aromas of its fruit. In addition, the “cierzo”, a strong north wind that prevails in the area, where about 40% of the days the wind blows more than 20 kms/h, aerates the plants and prevents plagues.
The irrigation system of the river Queiles is one of the oldest and most complex in the Ebro basin. Since ancient times, farmers built long irrigation ditches with direct access to the river, which were intercommunicating with each other by means of diversions. This complex and ancient system allows us to take advantage of the water coming from the Moncayo mountain for support irrigation when necessary.
Finally, an olive-growing tradition of more than 2,000 years old gives farmers a natural wisdom to obtain the best fruits. The tradition is combined with cutting-edge processes and technologies implanted during the last years and that allows us to elaborate an extra virgin olive oil preserving all the flavor, aroma, and properties of the olives.
“Oleum fert memoria terrae”: olive oil carries within it the memory of the land. Our Castillo de Monteagudo extra virgin olive oil carries within it the memory of our Navarra land, aired by the “cierzo” winds and watered with the cold waters of the Moncayo mountain.