Our best seller is The Village Oil, a delicious smooth extra virgin olive oil produced from a blend of manzanilla, hojiblanca, arbequina and piqual olives from the fincas of Miguel, Paco, Juan and Juanita, and all the other locals.
An evening during harvest time is a great time to visit the cooperativa which becomes the village hub at this time of year, even if just to see the variety of ways in which the crop is transported there – anything goes – mules, tractors, “dupes” (Spanish dumper truck), pick-ups, trailers or the family “coche” with the family in it – the feeling of community is incredibly strong.
Each year, straight after being picked the olives are cold pressed by Rafael and the team at the cooperativa del pueblo where they produce a delicious smooth extra virgin olive oil, full of the taste of the Andalucia.
We have also introduced a deliciously peppery organic single variety extra virgin olive oil produced from the piqual olive. The olives come from a finca that Fransisco Florido Rubio inherited ten years ago from his grandparents. Since then he has put his passion for organic farming into practice, lovingly nurturing his 300 olive trees throughout the year until harvest in November.
We are also thrilled to share two exceptional Fino Balsamic Vinegars – one dark, one white – from the Cordoba region of Spain where the dominant grape variety is the Pedro Ximenez. Our Dark Balsamic Vinegar (Crema) is aged slowly in oak barrels where it matures for 25 years giving a rich, distinctive flavour. Both balsamic vinegars are skillfully produced at Bodegas Navarro winery by masters in their field whose wine making expertise has been handed down through the generations for over 150 years. Many of our customers tell us they can’t live without our balsamics! When you try them you will understand why both are Great Taste Award winners.