About Señoríos de Relleu
Ten kilometers away from the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Sierra de Aitana, in a valley surrounded by mountains over a thousand meters high, is Relleu. In this very special environment at 429 m A.S.L., with almost three thousand hours of sunshine per year, a mild temperature, 15.8ºC on average, and rainfall of 400 mm per year, the olive trees are in optimal conditions. The autochthonous varieties of olive trees coexist with the typical cultivation of the area, almond trees, and with extensive mountain fields of pines, holm oaks, carob trees, rosemary, heather, mastic, esparto grass and thyme, all drawing a landscape of great beauty.
The clay loam and calcareous soil that characterizes this area was the perfect place to grow native varieties such as Manzanilla Villalonga, Blanqueta, Changlot Real, Alfafara, Genovesa and accompany them with the much appreciated Arbequina.
These varieties give their Extra Virgin Olive Oils their own characteristic styles, with an excellent fragrance and fresh fruity flavor as well as balance, stability and harmony that allow for complex coupages.
Some of these varieties are native to the Alicante Mountains, which makes Relleu's oils unique.
Señorío de Relleu harvest their own olives that they take care of throughout the year to press them within a few hours from harvest, and always within the same farm. In this way, they obtain a superior quality product, an authentic limited production olive juice with which you can make all kinds of dressings and combinations.
The early collection in mid-October allows you to enjoy this liquid gold with maximum intensity. The low yields obtained are offset by higher quality, aroma and fruitiness. The harvest is carried out by a gentle vibration of the branches, since due to the abruptness of the terrain it is almost impossible to mechanise. A laborious job that is rewarded by minimizing the damage to the fruit and the tree. They do not pick the olives from the ground to ensure that our oil has the best organoleptic attributes.
The time between the harvest and the grinding of the fruit is reduced to the maximum as the oil mill is integrated within the farm. The elaboration of the oil is carried out a few hours after the olive has been harvested. In this way we manage to keep the fullness of the fruit intact. Through cold extraction, the juice of their olives is obtained using physical methods (crushed, shaken and separated) mechanically without the use of chemical agents.
Once the oil is obtained, it is stored in stainless steel tanks to prevent any degeneration, thus maintaining all its flavor, aroma and composition.
The olive oil is bottles only on request, which allows Señoríos de Relleu Extra Virgin Olive Oils to perpetuate and preserve all the characteristic fruity flavors and aromas, and to maintain the highest quality over time. The packaging in an aluminum bottle preserves the oil from light and oxidation.
Señoríos de Relleu is the result of the concerns, experiences and origins of Eliseo Quintanilla Almagro. Born into an agricultural family in the Cartagena countryside, he very soon decided to dedicate himself to the pharmaceutical world, seeking the well-being of people with purely natural means from plants. This led him to investigate the beneficial health properties of oleuropein, present in the olive leaf. It was then that he began a close personal relationship with the olive grove that was transmitted with great enthusiasm to his son Hugo throughout his youth.
The story of the bottle
2011 to 2017, Best of Class at Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition (seven consecutive years). 2022 and 2021, 95 points in the FlosOlei Italian Guide. 2020 and 2019, 94 points. 2018, 93 points. 2017, Gran Prestige Gold award at Terraolivo (Israel) as one of the 20 best oils in the world. 2020, Top 10 Olive Oil Award Biofach, Germany (highest award in the most important fair of organic products in the world). 2018 and 2017, Gold and Silver medals at Olive Japan Competition. 2018, Silver medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition. 2016, two Gold Medals. 2017, Two Stars at Great Taste Awards, England... and the list goes on and on...
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