Fruity Arbequina and Flavorful Picual
This spectacular pair of extra virgin oils comes exclusively from olives cold pressed on the very first day of the harvest. Brilliant green and bursting with bright fresh olive flavor, both of these delicious oils are among the best we have ever tried.
Fruity Arbequina oil has complex aromas and flavors of green apple and fresh herbs and finishes with a gentle hint of spice, great for dipping with bread. Bold, full flavored Picual is a golden green color with fragrances of artichokes, basil and rosemary and a peppery finish, perfect for dressing salads.
You've probably never tasted this kind of olive oil as it is produced in very small quantities, usually for personal use. It is very costly to make, for if the grower waits just a few days longer until the olive is fully mature and plump, they will get a much higher volume of juice from the same olive.
Knowing that the barely ripe olive yields the best of the vintage, the Vañó family of La 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 a 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 who has excelled in their field and appreciated fine olive oil. This year, Castillo de Canena asked singer, composer and record producer Juan Luis Guerra to design the labels of the iconic cherry-colored First Day of Harvest olive oil bottles.
Juan Luis Guerra is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists of the last several decades. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Latin musicians of all time. During his career, he was won 21 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. In 2012, he won a Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.
"Working with an international artist of such renown as Juan Luis Guerra, a great lover of Spanish gastronomy, our country, and our extra virgin olive oils, has been an amazing experience. He’s left the imprint of his elegant and unmistakable style on one of the most beautiful and evocative labels in the 17 years of First Day of Harvest," highlights Rosa Vañó of Castillo de Canena.
The design of this year’s First Day of Harvest olive oil labels includes artwork of roses in full bloom, painted by Guerra’s wife. The artwork was created in honor of his successful album, "Bachata Rosa."
Castillo De Canena olive oils are produced by the renowned Vañó family in Andalusia. For centuries, the Vañó family has lived in their 16th century castle in the foothills of the Sierra Mágina, surrounded by rolling fields covered with olive trees. The company takes its name from the castle itself.
The owners carefully supervise their olive groves and hand select olives at the peak time for producing olive oil with the perfect balance of aroma and flavor.
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