This brilliant green olive oil is the juice from tiny arbequina olives picked the first day of harvest - just before they are fully ripe. It is fresh, fruity and bursting with flavor, incomparable with the rest of the harvest.
Every spring we marvel at how the oil glows with bright green color, an indication of how exceptionally fresh and full of vibrant flavors it is.
This wonderful oil is cold pressed in very small quantities from trees selected by the Vaño family. It is very costly to produce, for if the olives are picked just a few days longer when they are fully mature and plump, they yield a much higher volume of juice from the same olive.
Knowing that the green barely ripe olive yields the best of the vintage, the Vañó family of Castilla de Canena is not willing to take that short cut for volume. They set aside a portion of the harvest; hand pick the olives as early as is possible, and bottle the brilliant green juice.
The distinctive red bottles block out all light that might compromise the flavor. For the discerning food lover, this is the once a year chance to enjoy the best of the best. It is an exclusive and limited edition released by the Vañó family.
Each year’s release is commemorated with a unique bottle label, designed by an exceptional person from Spain. This year, Castillo de Canena chose Fernando Alonso, two time world champion Formula 1 race car driver and leader of the Ferrari team. In his illustration for the label, Alonso chose the championship wreath, along with a checkerboard flag hang-tag, to symbolize the hard work and daily sacrifice that are required to win a Formula 1 championship - and to produce an olive oil of this amazing quality.
Castillo De Canena olive oils are produced by the renowned Vañó family in Andalusia. For centuries, they have produced olive oil near their 16th century castle in the foothills of the Sierra Mágina. The company takes its name from the castle itself.
Castillo de Canena carefully supervises their olive groves and hand selects olives at the peak time for creating this exceptional olive oil with the perfect balance of aroma and flavor.