There are many varieties of extra virgin olive oil, and in fact according to some sources there are around 1800 different varieties in about 38 countries. Our oil is the exclusive Empeltre Variety, which boasts of coming from the oldest olve trees in Spain. The Empeltre variety only forms and tenth of all the hectares of olive trees compared to the more common picual variety in Spain, as the graph shows.
Of the 70,000 hectares of empeltre olive groves, the Albarizas just represent 3 hectares, with the aim of increasing this area in the coming years.
nº of hectares of olive per variety in Spain
Denomination of Origin
of Bajo Aragón
The Empeltre variety can be found growning in Logroño and Teruel (in the Ebro Valley) to the province of Tarragona, along with the Balearic Islands. Practically all the olive crops in the Bajo Aragon Region in Teruel, are the Empeltre variety, extending through villages like Alcañiz, Alloza, Oliete, Samper de Calanda, Hijar, Calaceite...
This variety is found in Bajo Aragón and is part of the Denomination of Origen of Bajo Aragón, which is one of the most conducive areas in the world for olive cultivation and where our exclusive extra virgin olive oil is produced.
¿Where does the word Empeltre comes from?
As a curious fact, it is thought that the term Empeltre derives from te Catalan word "Empelt", which means graft. The reason for this is that this variety does not take root easly and hence grafting is the main way a new three is grown.
The Empeltre variety olive trees are characterised by their large size, their upright branches and their treetops with a vertical tendency. it's leaves are dark , shiny green with a silver underside and a prominent green nerve.
The olive is a jet black tone and it ripens early, anytime between the fist week, in octobers until the first week of december.
The olives that are obtained are long, asymmetric, and slightly concave. They are a medium size (2.7g) and the proportion of pulp to pit is 5:3.
Empeltre Olive Oil
A fruity tasting olive oil is obtained from this fantastic blend which is yellow in colour, with gold undertones. Moreover the aromas are of a medium - high intensity, reminding us of fresh grass as well as tomato and artichoke, with the fennel notes that are characteristic of empeltre olives.
The oil is smooth on the palate. It is well balanced and has a medium intensity with bitter, spicy and sweet highights. These three characteristics are accompained by a slight stringent sensation, and delicious nutty flavours like almonds and walnuts, both of which are characteristic of the empeltre variety
Overall we obtain an exquisite EVOO of excellent quality which is perfect to accompany any food, from toasted bread with tomato to pastas and salads, meats and raw fish, where we use it to finish dishes and give that perfect flavour to them.