Duo of 'First Day of Harvest' Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Duo of 'First Day of Harvest' Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Fruity Arbequina and Flavorful Picual

Item: OO-75 |

All Natural



  • Super-select, limited quantities
  • Low yield early harvest cold pressing
  • Very low acidity, under 0.2%
  • Signature red bottle preserves freshness
  • Label featuring paintings by Fernando Zóbel
  • Size - 2 x 16.9 oz/500 ml

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 bold 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 celebrated with a newly designed bottle label, featuring a luminary who has excelled in their field and appreciated fine olive oil. This year, Castillo de Canena honors influential modernist painter Fernando Zóbel on the centenary of his birth. His paintings grace the labels of the iconic cherry colored First Day of Harvest olive oil bottles.

Zóbel was a Spanish Filipino painter, collector and influential player in the modernist movement in Spain. He taught himself to paint while attending Harvard. Zóbel graduated in 1949 as magna cum laude. In 1983, King Juan Carlos of Spain honored Zóbel with the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts, a prestigious award for those who have promoted Spanish arts and culture. 

Castillo De Canena extra virgin olive oils are produced by the renowned Vañó family in Andalucía. Since 1780, 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.

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