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International Rural Women’s Day in Montoro

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Last Monday, October 22, 2018, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, we had the honor of organizing an event at our facilities for 55 neighbors of Montoro.

We were accompanied by the Mayor of Montoro and President of the Spanish Association of Olive Municipalities (AEMO) Ana Maria Romero, Ana Diaz provincial coordinator of the Andalusian Institute of Women and Rafaela the Councillor for equality and promoter of the event.

The day began with a walk through the olive grove to make us feel like having breakfast, then we went to the central patio of the Hacienda las Monjas where we had the typical breakfast of Montoro, “Joyo” of oil, coffee and fruit. Once we had recovered our strength, we visited the modern oil mill and finished with a tasting of olive oil in the centenary mill.

Before the tasting began, Ana Maria Romero and Ana Díaz took the floor to, among other things, praise the importance of women in the rural world, arguing that, “without the role of women in our olive grove, surely this would not be what it is today. That women are not only mothers and wives, which is also true, but that they alone are as qualified as men to carry out farm work.”

Both my brother Javier and myself not only agree, but in our case, both we and our ancestors have lived in a matriarchal family, where the woman has traditionally been the head of the family.

If it were not for the History of Commitment of the women in our family and, above all, our mother, the Pago las Monjas project would not exist and, evidently, I would not be writing this blog entry.

Thus, our parent farm Las Monjas, has passed from woman to woman since the end of the 19th century, from Leonor Benítez Romero to Maria Rosa Benítez Romero, from Maria Rosa Benítez Romero to our grandmother Ana Maria Benítez Cañuelo and from her to our mother Maria Jose Reina Benítez. And it has not been a mere exercise of inheritance, but they have all been women ahead of their time, managers of their heritage and great entrepreneurs.

International Rural Women’s Day – José Manuel Prieto Reina

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The best olive oil mill in Spain in 2018

The Best Olive Oil Mill in Spain for AEMO, lands again at the Olive Tree Fair in Montoro.

  • Pago Las Monjas, recently awarded by AEMO, participates in this event that takes place from May 16 to 19 in the municipality of Cordoba.

Montoro, Wednesday, May 15, 2018

The XIX Feria del Olivo de Montoro, which takes place from May 16 to 19, welcomes again the Pago las Monjas olive mill, the best in Spain as recently recognized by the Spanish Association of Olive Municipalities, AEMO.

The family-run company from Montoro began its journey as manufacturers and packagers in 2016, and since then they have not stopped reaping successes, among them, positioning themselves in the 14th place in the ranking of the best Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the world with ‘Nevadillo Negro’, according to the Top100 of the prestigious Evooleum Guide in the last campaign.

`Nevadillo Negro’ is a variety of olive native to the Montoro mountain range, very little valued and used for oil production. It was José Manuel and his brother Javier who have bet big on this variety and its positive health attributes, and to their surprise they got one of the best oils in the world, as recognized by this Evooleum Guide in its Top100 Adwards in both 2017 and 2018.

Pago Las Monjas is located in a place in the Sierra de Montoro called Finca Las Monjas, a historic place, dating back to 1754, which already had one of the most important oil mills in Spain at that time. A place where only by entering its 65 hectares of olive groves, we can feel the milling tradition.

the best olive mill

The Best Olive Oil Mill in Spain for AEMO, lands again at the Olive Tree Fair in Montoro.

  • Pago Las Monjas, recently awarded by AEMO, participates in this event that takes place from May 16 to 19 in the municipality of Cordoba.

Montoro, Wednesday, May 15, 2018

The XIX Feria del Olivo de Montoro, which takes place from May 16 to 19, welcomes again the Pago las Monjas olive mill, the best in Spain as recently recognized by the Spanish Association of Olive Municipalities, AEMO.

The family-run company from Montoro began its journey as manufacturers and packagers in 2016, and since then they have not stopped reaping successes, among them, positioning themselves in the 14th place in the ranking of the best Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the world with ‘Nevadillo Negro’, according to the Top100 of the prestigious Evooleum Guide in the last campaign.

`Nevadillo Negro’ is a variety of olive native to the Montoro mountain range, very little valued and used for oil production. It was José Manuel and his brother Javier who have bet big on this variety and its positive health attributes, and to their surprise they got one of the best oils in the world, as recognized by this Evooleum Guide in its Top100 Adwards in both 2017 and 2018.

Pago Las Monjas is located in a place in the Sierra de Montoro called Finca Las Monjas, a historic place, dating back to 1754, which already had one of the most important oil mills in Spain at that time. A place where only by entering its 65 hectares of olive groves, we can feel the milling tradition.

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The healthiest EVOOs in the world in Montoro

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We are located in Cordoba, north of the Guadalquivir River in the surroundings of Sierra Morena, in a succession of valleys, mountains and slopes. Today we talk about the PDO Montoro-Adamuz.

The specific characteristics that define Montoro-Adamuz oil are its great chemical stability against oxidation, its high level of polyphenols, which give its oil a characteristic bitterness and spiciness, as well as excellent conservation.

montoro adamuzAlready during the Roman Empire, the oils produced in this region were highly valued and were sent to Rome. During the Middle Ages it was already a very important economic activity that was developed in the area of this protected designation of origin, with Royal Decrees that protected and promoted it. In the 9th century these oils began to be officially called Aceites de Montoro-Adamuz and it was during this century when they gained prestige, thanks to their commercialization both nationally and in foreign markets with the presence and obtaining of prizes in different universal exhibitions.

The denomination of origin Montoro-Adamuz, protects an extra virgin olive oil obtained from the varieties Picual, Nevadillo negro, Lechín de Sevilla, Picudo and Carrasquiño de la sierra, the main ones being Picual and the autochthonous Nevadillo negro. A coupage that represents 98% of the PDO production.

Extraction is carried out exclusively by mechanical or physical means that do not alter the oil so that it retains its characteristic flavor and aroma. These oils offer a peculiar bitterness and pungency due to their high polyphenol content. This bitterness and pungency are positive attributes of the oil, even though the consumer may not like its taste as much, but they are nevertheless the signs of the healthy properties of these oils, in addition to their fruity touch of green grass.

EVOO-montoro-adamuzAccording to different studies, Montoro-Adamuz oils are very rich in natural anti-oxidant agents that provide very important health benefits, due to their high polyphenol content. Moreover, these studies show that they have polyphenol values more than double those of single variety oils of the Picual variety, thanks to the coupage with the native Nevadillo Negro variety.

Polyphenols are bioactive compounds that are very fashionable in recent years, as they are being recognized in numerous studies as the agents that provide healthy characteristics to our extra virgin olive oils, due to the natural characteristics of the Nevadillo Negro variety and the agro-climatic conditions offered by our region.

It is precisely these important qualities for health and its high quality, which have made the Montoro-Adamuz denomination of origin a reference outside our borders, where the demand for our oils is increasing.

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XIX FAIR OF THE OLIVE TREE OF MONTORO

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The Montoro Olive Tree Fair is presented in its XIX edition as a showcase of international reference in the olive sector.

The Montoro Olive Tree Fair is the event that offers professionals an unparalleled balcony of diffusion to market their products, promote themselves, discover, invest and learn about any technical proposal arising from technological advances and research projects.

It is therefore a fair equipped and adapted to both the producer and the consumer of a fundamental and deeply rooted product of our land as is the oil in its many versions and derivatives.

Aceites Prieto Reina SL awaits you at Stand 2A, where we will be delighted to welcome you and offer you the best of our Pago Las Monjas mill.