Since 1780, the Castillo de Canena estate has been producing exceptional oils in the Guadalquivir Valley of Andalusia in the south of Spain. This Picual oil has been produced using strict Biodynamic processes and standards, including producing their own organic fertilizer through composting, incorporating beehives and sheep into the olive groves, and using crushed quartz in place of copper on the fields.
Biodynamic agriculture is a step beyond Organic farming method. It is founded on the harmonization between the different forces that govern nature: seasons, atmospheric phenomena, lunar cycles and the position of the constellations in the cosmos. Biodynamic agriculture seeks a comprehensive balance of soil, trees, animals and humanity.
First oil in Spain to receive DEMETER Biodynamic certification.
Castillo de Canena, a family owned business, takes its name from the family castle nestled in the hills of the township of Canena, in Spain’s Jaen province in the region of Andalusia, the largest olive producing region in the world. The company’s olive producing history dates back to 1780.
At Castillo de Canena, the tree’s natural life cycle is nurtured, combining traditional wisdom with cutting-edge technology and scrupulous respect for the environment. The groves are Integrated Production certified, a sustainable farming system using natural resources and regulating mechanisms to replace polluting inputs, improve soil fertility and diversify the environment.
Watch this beautiful video on Castillos de Canena’s historic farm and production:
Nine precision agricultural weather stations control variations in the diameter of the tree trunks, the climatological conditions, the soil and humidity in the area with a view to optimizing water resources available for irrigation. The electric power needed to run the orchard is obtained by onsite solar energy plants and all prunings are used for biomass. In addition, Castillo de Canena is the first Integrated Producer of olive oil capable of monitoring its carbon footprint.
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