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 newly designed bottle label, created by a person from Spain who has excelled in their field. This year, Castillo de Canena chose the singer Raphael, a pioneer of Spanish-language music around the globe. Raphael's illustration for the label represents the feeling of being acclaimed by his beloved fans during a concert. "I wanted to participate in this project because the First Day of Harvest collection is made with the same energy, passion and excitement I feel every time I step onto the stage. The inner strength that arises from work well done is what allows us to give ourselves over completely to our audience," says Raphael, who is a great advocate of art and Spanish gastronomy.
In addition to the labels designed by Raphael, this year's bottles of First Day of Harvest also have a touch of glitter to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the collection.
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.