Arróniz: an unknown treasure from Rioja Alavesa

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In Rioja Alavesa we can boast of great wines, of a unique landscape and an enviable quality of life. But we can also boast here of one of the most unknown treasures, until now: the olive oil.

Three have been the predominant crops in this basque region over the centuries: the vine, the cereal and the olive tree. It has been the Mediterranean climate, with great Atlantic influence, which has led to the three living together in the best harmony.

While it is true that the first, the vine, is the one that has occupied the greatest importance in the development of Rioja Alavesa, we must not forget that, in the past, the olive oil and the olive grove were very linked to some municipalities of the region, having, sometimes, a higher value than the vineyard itself.

The consideration of the olive grove as a low profitability crop and the combination of land properties helped to shrink it drastically, more knowing that it was a crop that, at the end of the XIX century, had had its maximum extension. Today, fortunately, we are facing a completely different situation. Production is still low but, thanks to the recovery and conservation work, it has been possible to work with high quality centuries-old olive trees. So the oil obtained from these trees turns out to be EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and, in some cases, even obtains the Eusko Label certification (special label of extra high quality Basque product).

Our twisted olive trees are  froma Arróniz variety, a local variety which extends north of the Ebro river from Navarra to Rioja Alavesa. This is a variety that has been adapted to the soil and climate conditions so specific of the region.

Here we can find fine olive oils in which green aromas are predominating (green almonds, artichokes, vegetables ...) and where the mouth leaves a certain spicy, bitter and astringent taste.

In our own case, from the sum of centenary olive trees planted in our oldest vineyards and from a couple of new olive plantations, we obtain the Ostatu Arróniz Eusko Label olive oil. A return to our origins with the recovery of a traditional crop, which was almost forgotten. One more step to strengthen our commitment to the land that has seen us grow: Rioja Alavesa.

In Rioja Alavesa we can boast of great wines, of a unique landscape and an enviable quality of life. But we can also boast here of one of the most unknown treasures, until now: the olive oil.

Three have been the predominant crops in this basque region over the centuries: the vine, the cereal and the olive tree. It has been the Mediterranean climate, with great Atlantic influence, which has led to the three living together in the best harmony.

While it is true that the first, the vine, is the one that has occupied the greatest importance in the development of Rioja Alavesa, we must not forget that, in the past, the olive oil and the olive grove were very linked to some municipalities of the region, having, sometimes, a higher value than the vineyard itself.

The consideration of the olive grove as a low profitability crop and the combination of land properties helped to shrink it drastically, more knowing that it was a crop that, at the end of the XIX century, had had its maximum extension. Today, fortunately, we are facing a completely different situation. Production is still low but, thanks to the recovery and conservation work, it has been possible to work with high quality centuries-old olive trees. So the oil obtained from these trees turns out to be EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and, in some cases, even obtains the Eusko Label certification (special label of extra high quality Basque product).

Our twisted olive trees are  froma Arróniz variety, a local variety which extends north of the Ebro river from Navarra to Rioja Alavesa. This is a variety that has been adapted to the soil and climate conditions so specific of the region.

Here we can find fine olive oils in which green aromas are predominating (green almonds, artichokes, vegetables ...) and where the mouth leaves a certain spicy, bitter and astringent taste.

In our own case, from the sum of centenary olive trees planted in our oldest vineyards and from a couple of new olive plantations, we obtain the Ostatu Arróniz Eusko Label olive oil. A return to our origins with the recovery of a traditional crop, which was almost forgotten. One more step to strengthen our commitment to the land that has seen us grow: Rioja Alavesa.

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