Offering some of the best views of the historic Torre de Garci Méndez and situated no more than a few metres from the San Fernando Mill, the Buenavista Estate lies in the valley of the Guadalquivir River in the south-western Spanish province of Cordoba, the world’s second-largest extra virgin olive oil producing region located right in the heart of Andalusia.
The interaction between the soil, the climate, the cultivation methods and the olive trees themselves forms a vital part of the Casa de Alba’s olive oil project. ”Native soil” (a concept normally applied to winemaking) is the term used to describe the way in which the tree, the earth and nature communicate with and relate to mankind. It is one of the key factors as to why there are so many different types of olive oil and to making them what they are.
Right at the heart of the estate is the area known as “el Mugronal” where we can find olive trees that are hundreds of years old planted using the traditional method of leaving a plot of up to 14×14 metres per tree that allows them to receive all the air and light required to ensure the olives enjoy health growth and even ripening.