Marqués de Prado olive oil
EVOO from olives from the oldest olive grove on the estate, produced with two varieties: Picual and Arbequino. The Picual is produced with an olive grove between 10 and 40 years old. On the other side, the Arbequino is produced in a five-year-old olive grove.
The Picual gives it its mild bitterness characteristic of its high level of natural antioxidants and the aromas of green leaves, tomato and citrus. On the contrary, the Arbequino has a sweet attack followed by a characteristic spiciness in the mouth and throat.
Both varieties produce complex EVOOs, from the three varieties that mix naturally in the field. Moreover, the Picual brings us the bitter for its high level of natural antioxidants.
Family property, on the banks of the Guadajoz river in the municipality of Baena (Córdoba). In 1924 the Marquises of Bedmar transformed the farm into an olive grove, previously destined for pasture and cereal, and the current owner is Manuel Heredia Halcón, Marqués de Prado.
The traditional olive trees of the Baena area, picudos, hojiblancos and picuales, to favor pollination and control the frequency of occurrence. In 1996 the conversion to Organic Cultivation (C.A.A.E.) began and work began to transform the olive grove into irrigated land.
During 2006 the new mill was built, to close the production cycle, from the tree to the bottle. It is a modern bioclimatic building, it minimizes energy consumption and guarantees the conservation and stability of the oil in the cellar.
The plant screens, the photovoltaic energy panels, and the air chamber system keep the interior at a stable temperature, around 23ºC, without any energy consumption. In the same way, for the air conditioning and hot water for the mill, the stone itself extracted from the olive is used as fuel.
In summary, with the energy of the solar panels and the olive bone, the energy balance is achieved in the process, without any added expense in fuel.