The Hacienda Queiles estate is located in the small Queiles Valley, in the south of Navarre, in a land of stony and poor soils marked by a harsh climate of strong contrasts, the snows of the Sierra del Moncayo, the strong cierzo wind and the high temperatures of the Bardenas Reales desert, a National Park. The valley has always been linked to the cultivation of olive trees and vines. In particular, the Pago de Hacienda Queiles was part of the old territory that belonged to the Cistercian monastery of Tulebras in the 12th century.
The variety is Arbequina which is pruned to create trees formed like an open cup.Since its beginnings, organic farming has been practised on this estate and its extra virgin olive oil has always been certified as an organic product. It is part of our philosophy to contribute to the sustainability of our surroundings and care for the environment.
Harvesting takes place between the end of October and the first fortnight of November, always depending on the ideal ripening stage of the fruit; harvesting is mechanised, thus avoiding damage to the tree and the fruit. The olives are transported in crates which are never filled to capacity to avoid squashing the olives, directly to the mill located on the same plot of land andas quickly as possible.The milling process begins immediately so that they do not lose their health-giving properties and produce oils with the best possible flavour profile.
The Hacienda Queiles mill uses the most modern
technology for the production of its Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is the only
quality it produces, always with its own olives and therefore with perfect
traceability. Over 20 years the excellence of its oils has been recognised by
the most prestigious tasters in the world, making ABBAE DE QUEILES a benchmark
Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Colour: a clear, golden yellow.
Scents: the oil has a deep green and fresh aroma, like freshly-cut grass.
Flavours: in the mouth, the sensation of olives having been harvested at exactly the right moment of maturity predominates: banana, pear and red apple. The pepperiness is delicate as is the almost negligible bitterness while highlighting the deliciousaroma typical of Arbequina.
This is an
oil where everything is in perfect balance: the nose and the mouth correspond
so that what you smell announces exactly what you taste and where neither the
bitterness nor the pungency are ever excessive.