Our oil comes from centuries old olive trees that grow high up in the Líjar Mountains, in the Province of Cadiz. Its unmistakeable character is due to the altitude and the mountainous terrain in which the trees grow. The harvest is small, but the olives are of exceptional quality.The oil s extracted by cold pressing olives cultivated organically, mainly Lechín and Manzanilla varieties but also arbequina and hojiblanca.
The acebuche is the forefather of all the cultivated olive trees that are planted today and these uncultivated trees grow wild in the mountainous protected parks of the Sierra de Lijar. The fruit of this tree is much smaller than the fruit of cultivated olive trees and the harvest much more difficult. Lorenzo harvests them between the months of November and March and believes that the oils` health benefits far outweigh those of the oils made from modern cultivars. We are waiting for the lab results from various Spanish universities and will publish these on this site once they are in.
We had just picked some wild asparagus and Lorenzo is explaining how to make revuelto con asparago (scrambled eggs and wild asparagus) with his olive oil, of course.
This olive grove is situated in a terrain difficult to access. The trees exist side by side with other species like carob trees , holm , oaks and plants competing for survival. They are surrounded by a great variety of wild aromatic plants like rosemary, thyme, marjoram, lavender, chamomile etc... The wildlife, very common in this landscape include species like vultures, partridges , rabbits and wild boars. We can assume that these olive trees are native species, which have never been planted in straight lines as the great quantity of rocks make any kind of ploughing quite impossible. That explains the low yield, but also, as was mentioned before, the excellent quality.
Production of the organic olive oil is very limited due to the low yield of the hundred year old trees and the mountainous terrain which make the harvest very difficult and hazardous. In the vast majority of cases harvesting requires the help of animals, generally donkeys or mules.
The most common olive variety in the Sierra de Lijar is the LECHIN, a native species very well adapted to this climate. Within this variety we can find trees with olives of very different sizes, due to the individual development of each tree over hundreds of years This treasure inherited from the agricultural activities of our ancestors, as well as the wisdom of nature has been maintained through the years and is today a means of livelihood for some of the farmers who depend on cultivating olives in the same way as their ancestors used to do. They maintain the same customs and respect for the area, keeping it free of environmental pollution, and protecting the ecosystem of the LIJAR mountains.
Lorenzo embodies everything that is great about andalucia and its people. He is passionate about what he does and absolutely focused on making the best organic olive oil and organic red wine, and at the same time protecting and respecting a beautiful and natural environment.
His olive groves are in the Sierra de Lijar. The Líjar Mountain Range is situated in the Province of Cádiz. Bordered by the River Guadalete to the northwest, this mountain range is home to a great variety of woods and typical Mediterranian plants.
With great respect for the environment, the lower areas are used for traditional crops, and the higher for livestock and olive trees.
Lorenzos organic vineyard is situated in Jerez de la Frontera on the banks of the River Guadalete, and just a few miles from the sea. The varieties grown are Merlot, Syrac, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.