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Castillo de Canena presents its first Biodynamic olive oil with international certification

The fourth in their exclusive collection of oils from the 20th Century, “Aceites del siglo XXI” has just won the Gold Medal at the international Ecotrama Awards

  • The Biodynamic model is a return to the roots of rural toil, to archaeo-agriculture, taking the concept of organic farming to a higher level
  • This is a Picual varietal extra virgin olive oil, fresh, lively and expressive, whose hallmarks are notes of olive leaf, lettuce and artichoke
  • It will appear—in a limited quantity of 20,000 bottles—in countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan
  • Its terracotta colour is reminiscent of that of the earth where the Vañó family Biodynamic olive trees are planted. The signature 500 ml bottle is serigraphed in white and green with a constellation of stars and the moon, representing the forces of both the cosmos and the earth itself

Castillo de Canena launches its first Biodynamic virgin extra olive oil, strengthening its commitment to elaborating extra virgin olive oils of the highest quality and to protecting the environment and olive groves. This Biodynamic extra virgin is certified by the International Association of Biodynamic Agriculture with the DEMETER label.

This new olive oil is part of their exclusive “Aceites del siglo XXI” collection and is elaborated in complete synthesis and harmony with the ecosystem, the natural habitat and the cosmos, taking the concept of ecological farming to a higher level. This oil of limited production has just received the Gold Medal at the last edition of the international EcoTrama Award, which recognises the best organic and biodynamic olive oils throughout the world.

From organic to Biodynamic

According to Francisco Vañó, Managing Director of Castillo de Canena, “Biodynamics means not only completely excluding synthetic pesticides in our farming but a total transformation of the environment in which we produce. We return to the very roots of rural activity. This is what we call archaeo-agriculture”.

In this sense, in addition to organic farming practices, Castillo de Canena has incorporated others, such as sheep grazing on the premises, made-on-site compost fertilizers rich in potassium and nitrogen, the enrichment of plant cover through the installation of honeycomb, biological pest control, eradication of fungus from olive leaves using silica (crushed quartz) instead of copper, and the application of different biodynamic preparations.

In this way, in the words of Francisco Vañó, “the Biodynamic concept entails reaching a perfect harmonious balance between the different forces that govern nature such as the seasons, atmospheric phenomena and lunar cycles, the habitat and farming tasks, which should not alter the natural surroundings that coexist in a farming area”.

To further this support for the Biodynamic farming concept, Castillo de Canena has also raised a forest of autochthonous species of trees such as oak, holm oak, black poplar and juniper around the olive groves to intensify the quality of a Mediterranean wood in which both “humanised forest” and “natural forest” coexist.

Moreover, the firm has introduced sheep grazing which, alongside the olive forest, aids in fixing the nutrients in a natural way, mitigates the loss of moisture and erosion, increases organic mulch on the ground and acts as a primary fungicide and insecticide, as it provides the natural habitat for olive tree predator pests (butterfly, worm, beetle, ladybird and birds).

“A biodynamic farm should be self-sufficient. It is fundamental that all by-products and waste resulting from farming go back into the earth, becoming life-producers,” states Francisco Vañó.

An iconic new extra virgin olive oil

With a limited issue of 20,000 units, the new Biodynamic olive oil will be on shelves in countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan and will become the exclusive standard for consumers of high quality products, conscious of maximum care and respect for the environment.

In the opinion of Rosa Vañó, Director of Sales and Marketing at Castillo de Canena, “our first Biodynamic extra virgin olive oil is a Picual of special added value that will meet the standards of the most discerning consumers and has the plus of being highly innovative in terms of R&D”.

We can also see Castillo de Canena’s concern for sustainable farming in the project “La tierra para la tierra” (Earth for the Earth), which donates €1.00 (together with the Xabi Cabot Selles Foundation) for each bottle of new Biodynamic oil sold, to build water reservoirs and help the poorest farming areas in the world: Lake Turkana (Ethiopia and Kenya), through the Missionary Community of Saint Paul The Apostle.

“The Biodynamic olive oil stands out for its terracotta colour, reminiscent of the earth where our family Biodynamic olive trees are planted. The sandy texture of the bottle recalls the roots and origins of rural toil”, states Rosa
Vañó. The 500 ml bottle is cylindrical and features a constellation of stars and the moon serigraphed in white and green, symbolising the union of heaven and earth.

The herbal and vegetable bouquet prevails in this fresh, lively and expressive oil. Olive leaf, lettuce and artichoke appear as primary notes followed by fresh fruits, tomato vine and a heady hint of green banana and ripe apple. Both bitter and piquant are well balanced; and something somewhat astringent hints at artichoke, cardoon and persimmon. Persistent in the mouth.

Aceites del siglo XXI

“Aceites del siglo XXI” is a line that seeks to bring new features and fresh concepts to a category of products with over 3000 years of history. It unveils an entire sensorial experience for the palate, the opportunity to taste and enjoy innovative olive oils that will surprise you with their uniqueness and distinction, as well as their compliance with the utmost quality standards.

Following the first “Royal Temprano”; the second oil was launched, “La Cata Horizontal” (the same Arbequino varietal from the olives harvested across three consecutive months: October, November and December; and lastly, the third “Arbequino al Humo de Roble”.

Castillo de Canena

The Vañó olive growing history harkens back to 1780 and the family personally oversees the entire elaboration process of extra virgin olive oils from the cultivation of their own Picual, Arbequina and Royal varietal trees to the arrival of the product at the point of sale.

The firm, whose name comes from the family castle nestled on a hillside in the township of Canena (Jaén), has utmost respect for the environment. This commitment to sustainable development can be seen in the generation of photovoltaic energy on site, plant cover on the entire premises that mitigates soil erosion and preserves autochthonous vegetation, and the use of pruning waste biomass as ecologically sound, non-polluting fuel.

The firm currently has a presence in 40 countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, United States, Japan, China, Dubai, Mexico and Peru, where its extra virgin olive oils have been recognised with the highest international awards.

Castillo de Canena is member of EVA (Extra Virgin Alliance), premier international association of extra virgin olive oils whose aim is to promote and guarantee—through the most rigorous oversight and a common quality seal—excellence in the extraction and preservation of extra virgin olive oils along the entire distribution chain; as well as the sustainability and preservation of the olive grove ecosystem. EVA currently has producer members throughout the entire world:

Castillo de Canena also belongs to the Association of Grandes Pagos del Olivar, uniting the best Spanish extra virgin olive oil producers that opt for very limited quantity production of the highest quality, elaborated through methods that combine artisanal characteristics with the application of the most advanced technologies.

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