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Duo of 'First Day of Harvest' Extra Virgin Olive Oils


Duo of 'First Day of Harvest' Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Fruity Arbequina and Flavorful Picual

All Natural

$102.95oo-75 oo-75 oo-75
  • Super-select, limited quantities
  • Low yield early harvest cold pressing
  • Very low acidity, under 0.2%
  • Signature red bottles preserves freshness
  • Label designed by renowned actor Juan Echanove
  • Size - 2 x 16.8 oz/500 ml

This spectacular pair of extra virgin oils comes exclusively from olives cold pressed on the very first day of the harvest. Brilliant green and bursting with bright fresh olive flavor, both of these delicious oils are among the best we have ever tried.

Fruity arbequina oil has complex aromas and flavors of green apple and fresh herbs and finishes with a gentle hint of spice, great for dipping with bread. Bold, full flavored picual is a golden green color with fragrances of artichokes, basil and rosemary and a peppery finish, perfect for dressing salads.

You've probably never tasted this kind of olive oil as it is produced in very small quantities, usually for personal use. It is very costly to make, for if the grower waits just a few days longer until the olive is fully mature and plump, they will get a much higher volume of juice from the same olive.

Knowing that the barely ripe olive yields the best of the vintage, the Vañó family of La Castilla de Canena is not willing to take that short cut for volume. They set aside a portion of the harvest, hand pick the olives as early as is possible and bottle the brilliant green juice.

The distinctive red bottles block out all light that might compromise the flavor. For the discerning food lover, this is a once a year chance to enjoy the best of the best. It is an exclusive and limited edition released by the Vañó family.

Each year’s release is commemorated with a newly designed bottle label, created by a person from Spain who has excelled in their field and appreciated fine olive oil. This year, Castillo de Canena chose renowned actor Juan Echanove. Echanove's new label designs capture the feelings of an actor before, during and after then experience of acting on a stage.

With numerous unforgettable performances in theater, film and television, Juan Echanove is highly respected by his peers, critics and audiences. “I am grateful to the Vañó family for offering me the opportunity to form part of the great Castillo de Canena family. For allowing my overflowing imagination to feel that I too have added my grain of sand to the long process of obtaining this miraculous potion,” says the actor.

Echanove has had more than 20 major theater roles, but some of his most recent performances have been Rojo, a work by John Logan in which the actor not only costarred but also directed, and Sueños, an interpretation of Los Sueños by Francesco de Quevedo, directed by Gerardo Vera. For this performance, Echanove won the Ercilla Award for best Male Leading Actor in 2017.

In addition, for over a decade, he played the role of Miguel Alcántara in the television series Cuéntame. He was also seen on TV in Paquita Salas (2019), La zona (2017), UCO (2009) and Turno de oficio (1986). At the moment he is filming the series El Cid and the soon to be released series Desaparecidos.

Finally, Echanove has worked in film with directors including Pedro Almodóvar (The Flower of my Secret), Vicente Aranda (Time of Silence), Jaime Chávarri (Her Eyes Closed), Francisco Reguiero (MadreGilda), J. L. García Sánchez (Siempre hay un camino a la derecha) and Agustín Díaz Yanes (Don’t Tempt Me). His acting has earned two Goya Awards and a Silver Shell from the San Sebastian Film Festival, among others.

Castillo De Canena olive oils are produced by the renowned Vañó family in Andalusia. For centuries, the Vañó family has lived in their 16th century castle in the foothills of the Sierra Mágina, surrounded by rolling fields covered with olive trees. The company takes its name from the castle itself.

The owners carefully supervise their olive groves and hand select olives at the peak time for producing olive oil with the perfect balance of aroma and flavor.

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Customer Reviews

Average rating from 7 reviews
  • "Pleasantly surprised"

    A.S. - Centerbrook, CT April 2019

  • "We are always in search of some good olive oil and these two were fantastic!!"

    Michael - ALBUQUERQUE, NM March 2016

  • "This is the second time I've bought this product. obviously, I love it! "

    Martha - Dallas, TX August 2015

  • "Excellent olive oil, very delicious."

    MILDRED - Stamford, New York May 2015

  • "A pair of the finest tasting olive oils in existence. The aroma is reminiscent of freshly cut grass on a cool summer morning, and the taste is exquisite. These showcase oils, enhance every recipe."

    Christopher - Castle Rock, CO November 2014

  • "Really enjoying this. Worked on and off for four years and just the scent reminded me of being there."

    EUGENE - ENCINO, CA February 2013

  • "Both Picual and Arbequina are amazing, aromatic, dense, unforgettable. It is very different and much more intense than the typical extra virgen. Educated palates will enjoy them the most."

    Mamen - February 2011

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