Tasting note of Casas de Hualdo - Caracter olive oil
Memories of the tomato plant, olive leaf and notes of spices such as basil.
Robust and persistent oil with a predominance of itchiness.
Olive Oil Casas De Hualdo
Deep roots, regarding the cultivation of olives and the production of olive oil, can be found in the history of Spain. The olive is known as a symbol of peace and the tree which produces these olives (olea europea) are known to have been cultivated for more than 6000 years ago around the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, until a few years ago, Spain’s olive oil was relatively unknown. It was because the olive oil was sold in bulk amount, rather than sold by the companies with their own tags in decent packaging.
Today, oil producers have gradually earned their place in the national and international market. This step of olive oil producers is increasing the knowledge and admiration for Spanish olive oil, owing to its unique yet wholesome properties as an exceptional product.
In an ancient city Toledo, situated on a hill above the Castilla-La-Mancha plains in central Spain, a well known olive oil company is situated. It is, Casa De Hualdo, the best quality olive oil producer in the region with multiple awards to applaud and reflect its hard and enthusiastic work.
Casas De Hualdo
Toledo city has a beautiful landscape. The Tagus river passes through this city, its southern side climbs from the meadows to the alluvial fan of piedmont deposits of the mountains. The farms of our olive grooves are spread across this amazing geographical setting. Olives have been grown over this land for hundreds of years. That is why, this region is called as an ancient city of olives.
The climate is quite hard, with very hot, dry summers and cold winters. This harsh climate favors the controlled growth of pests and diseases. As the climate is dry, modern deficit irrigation methods and little rainfall considerably help in attaining the desirable quality of the fruit. It helps in obtaining even the delicate oils by decelerating the excessive, vigorous growth of trees.
Autumn season is cold, but without freezing temperature, ensuring optimum conditions for harvesting. The harvested fruit is immediately rushed to the mill for further processing to prevent any kind of deterioration. From year to year, we have successfully thrived, our passion and determination has helped us to maintain our status near to perfection.
The Casas De Hualdo farm is situated in a privileged area. Crops coexist with natural wild fauna and flora. The diversified species in this natural area are one of the aspects that leaves an enormous positive impact upon the olive groves.
As an immense heritage is under the Casas De Hualdo management, so we find it our responsibility to take great care of it and make its conservation compatible with our work and the crops we grow.
On our farms, crops like corn, wheat, barley, alfalfa, peas, to pistachio are cultivated. A herd of native Manchego sheep is also present. This entire set is considered by the farmers as a “closed cycle”, which helps in attaining and maintaining the nature itself. Cereals and alfalfa are used as sheep feed, the manure is used as fertilizer for the olive groves and other crops. The soil of the olive groves is rich in natural minerals and elements, where wild grass grows. It is only cut at a certain moment, and the remains are left on the ground to serve as natural fertilizer. The same process is carried out with the branches, which are cut during the pruning season. These branches are later grinded and then added to the soil to add lots of minerals that the tree needs.
The process of Casas de Hualdo
Our motto is “the search for excellence”. From farm to the mill, our entire team works with dedication and enthusiasm so that our fruit reaches the end consumer in the form of elegant oils that contain flavor, aroma and enormous healthy properties.
At Casas De Hualdo, an exhaustive follow up of the crop is carried out through the year. The management of the soil, different phases of development and plant growth, sanitary state, pampering, thus each and every step is carefully handled. Modern techniques are adopted like drip irrigation or fertirrigation that positively impacts our olive groves.
Our experience has helped a lot in our decision making process. We can precisely decide the perfect time of harvesting of different olive varieties by monitoring the maturation through constant observation. Harvesting is usually done between the months of October and November. Our most of the products are from early harvest which allows us to preserve the pure and unique aroma, flavor and other chemical properties in our final products.
From reception to packing, all steps are technically handled to extract the best from the fruit. The location of the olive mill is at the foot of the field, a place where olives can be immediately brought after harvesting. To avoid deterioration, olives are processed within 6 hours. The temperature is kept below
are processed within six hours of being picked. During extraction, the temperature is kept below 25ºC to prevent the loss of the most volatile components and aromas.
Olive oil, after production, is kept under optimum conditions in the cellar. It is bottled only on demand, which allows the oil to stay fresh for a long time period in the stainless steel tanks between 18 to 22 ºC throughout the year.
From our each harvest, 70,000 liters of premium extra virgin olive oil is produced from the olive grove. Our commitment to quality has grown our business to double exports to more than 35 countries each season. We not only sell our products, but also spread our culture of extra virgin olive oil.
Casas De Hualdo, is not just a simple olive oil producing company, rather it is a commitment to the nature and the oil consumers. We only thrive towards excellence, and aims at the provision of premium extra virgin olive oil of different varieties and properties. Through our online store and brick & mortar outlets, we are serving our customers the best of our products. Feel free to visit us and try our subtle olive oil, a taste which your taste buds have not experienced before.