WHO WE ARE

Respect for TRADITION leads to the courage to INNOVATE

Aceites Alguijuela is a small family agricultural business that has a long-established tradition of olive production, as our 'Verdial de Badajoz' variety of olive trees demonstrates.

We are located in Torremayor, within the fertile lands of the 'Vegas Bajas del Guadiana' in the region of Mérida, which has an age-old tradition of olive cultivation since the creation of the Roman capital 'Emérita Augusta'. Proof of this is "the presence of an olive press from the second and third centuries A.D. in the town of Torre-Águila, which is around 25 Km from the Lusitanian capital, near the 'Iter ab Emeritam Olisipone' (the Roman road between Mérida and Lisbon), which supplied the precious golden liquid to the capital and surrounding areas" (1).

From our ancestors' tradition, we have learnt to admire and love nature. We understand how important it is not to rush production processes and, above all, have developed the strength to endure times of scarcity, just like the olive trees we grow.

Based on these values, in 2012 we started to modernise our cultivation processes by finding the best terrain for our new plantations of Arbequina and Arbosana olives, using advanced fertigation systems and by employing integrated production techniques throughout our olive groves. (2)

At Aceites Alguijuela we are aware that in order to obtain a premium oil of the highest quality, factors such as climate, soil and olive variety are just as important as having a well designed and suitably sized extraction plant. That's why we seek advice from the olive oil industry's best engineers and use the most advanced technologies from the Italian brand Pieralisi.

Alguijuela aims to obtain the best quality extra virgin olive oil. The oil we offer you is the oil we give our children to help them thrive and grow.


Now you too can enjoy this oil we have so lovingly produced!

OUR OLIVE GROVES AND VARIETIES

I just can't keep my hands out of this olive paste. Then, in an instant, God closes the world like a book and says to me: That's it; the trumpet is calling the dead. When the final judgement comes, I'll hold on to the olives in my pockets; and if I don't have any pockets, I'll caress olives in my hands; and, if I've no hands, my bones will stroke the olives; and if I've no bones, I'm sure I'll find a way to continue to caress olives: even if only in spirit
Jean Giono

These words from the writer Jean Giono are really a statement of our principles. We belong to an olive growing tradition and seek to uphold this culture. From this stems Almazara Alguijuela's commitment to make extra virgin olive oil solely and exclusively from our own olive groves. We are extremely concerned about the quality of the products we bring to market, which is why we take charge of the entire production chain, from actually growing the olives to distributing the oil they produce.

We grow three different varieties of olives:

ARBEQUINA

The Canchales Reservoir is surrounded by meadows and some areas of irrigated land to the south. It is an idyllic place for a multitude of different species of birds to live and breed. The reservoir is within a designated bird protection area (ZEPA - Zonas de Especial Protección para las Aves) and is also part of the 2000 Nature Network (Red Natura 2000). It is considered a wetland of international importance.

Our Arbequina olive grove is situated in the irrigated land to the south of the reservoir, in the area known as Casarente. The olives are planted in super high-density rows. Arbequina olive trees are low vitality with an open canopy and offer high yields and constant productivity. We harvest these types of olives early using olive harvesters to obtain high quality oil.

Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a fruity olive, apple, banana and almond aroma. It is a free flowing, smooth and sweet oil that has almost no bitter or sharp taste, which makes it ideal for people who are less used to the flavour of traditional olive oil.

ARBOSANA

The Arbosana olive grove is located at the heart of the 'Vegas Bajas del Guadiana' area. This plot of irrigated land of just five hectares was once part of the 'Plan Badajoz'. The plan's original layout has been kept and this is where our super high-density Arbosana olive grove is located. This is also a low vitality, high yield olive variety. It is harvested a few weeks after the Arbequina olives and produces a fruity extra virgin olive oil with a long shelf life thanks to its high oleic acid content (74%). Arbosana olive oil is of a medium to high intensity bitterness and sharpness. It has an aroma of recently cut grass, almonds, tomatoes, walnuts and artichoke. It has a long-lasting and pleasant flavour.

VERDIAL DE BADAJOZ

'Verdial de Badajoz' olive groves cover almost 30,000 ha in Spain, reaching from the provinces of Badajoz and Cáceres to Portugal. This is our native olive variety and as such, is our most important crop.

Our Verdial olive groves are situated within the non-irrigated area of our region. These olives are our heritage, and it is here that you will find olive trees that are hundreds of years old.

Verdial de Badajoz olive trees are of medium to high vitality with upright branches and a sparse canopy, offering constant productivity. They produce large, heavy fruits with a high fat content. Verdial de Badajoz olives are rich in linoleic acid and produce extra virgin olive oil with medium to high fruity notes. On the palate, this olive oil has almond and ripe fruit tones, combined with a pleasant, sweet flavour with just a hint of bitterness and sharpness.

THE OLIVE PRESS

LOCATION AND HISTORY

Our olive press is located in Torremayor (Badajoz). This is a strategic site, as it is equidistant from all our olive groves, which enables us to transport our olives to the press in just a few minutes once they have been harvested. Also, as can be seen from the map, the press is served by a good road network and is close to the region's main population centres of Mérida and Montijo.

The name 'Alguijuela' comes from Arabic, as do the Spanish words for olive (aceituna) and oil (aceite). Alguijuela means 'Gravel Road', and is the name given to the area after the Arab invasion led by General Muza at the beginning of the eighth century. This name lasted until 1649, when Alguijuela purchased the title of 'Villa' (town) from King Felipe IV and was thereafter known as 'Villa de la Alguijuela del Conde'. Then, at the end of the seventeenth century and at the express request of the town's residents, the name was changed again to 'Torremayor', as it is still called today. The name 'Aceites Alguijuela' (and the company's logo) was chosen in memory of the town's history and in order to honour its name.

OUR PRODUCTS

"Ah, my dear Theo, if you could see the olive trees at this time of year... The old-silver and silver foliage greening up against the blue. And the orangeish ploughed soil. It’s something very different from what one thinks of it in the north - it’s a thing of such delicacy - so refined. The murmur of an olive grove has something very intimate, immensely old about it. It’s too beautiful for me to dare paint it or be able to form an idea of it."