We had very little rain this year and the olive harvest began very early – we started picking Frantoio at the end of August and the other varieties soon thereafter. There was a lot more fruit than last year but less olive oil, although of great quality. The weather was perfect for the harvest, sunny and cool.
The olive oils from the different varieties were filtered and are now resting in stainless steel tanks.
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We are artisan producers of olive oil in the Eastern Algarve. Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil has its origin in the 20 hectares of olive groves in Moncarapacho.
We pick the olives by hand in autumn and immediately take them to our press which dates from roman times, where they are ground to paste in a granite stone mill. The oil is then extracted with state of the art modern equipment, filtered and stored in stainless steel containers until it is bottled.
The result is an olive oil of the highest quality: Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
We grow 5 varieties of olives: Verdeal, Maçanilha, Picual, Cobrançosa and Frantoio following a certified Best Practices system that assures respect for the environment and the consumer. The oil made from each variety is quite different in taste and type. Verdeal is the suavest and Cobrançosa is the most peppery. The others are in between.
But there is much more than the pepperiness to judge. The bitterness and the fruitiness also vary, as do a host of other aromas and sensations. Our olives are picked early in the season when their content of healthy antioxidants is at its highest. The best way to find out which variety you like most is to try them all.
It all began in 1969 with Detlev von Rosen moving from Sweden to Portugal in order to produce Iceberg Salad, Tomatoes and Dill during the winter months for the northern European markets where these, until then, had been available only in summer. The mild climate of the Algarve region was ideal for this.
It was a success but due to difficulties in getting the products to London, Hamburg and Gothenburg, production quickly changed towards ornamental plants in 1972. There was an emerging market for these and they could handle longer transportation times than fresh vegetables. The activity prospered over the years to become one of the important ornamental plants nurseries in Europe.
The olives came later, by chance. The olive tree, which needs little irrigation, substituted an orange grove, as a consequence of several dry years. Olive trees have been present in the Algarve for thousands of years but in modern times the tradition of making olive oil has almost been lost. In 2000 we challenged ourselves, to produce a premium olive oil in Algarve.
This year we won two gold medals at the New York Olive Oil Competition with Monterosa Picual and Verdeal. We also won silver with Monterosa Maçanilha olive oil.
Monterosa olive oils are awarded at this competition for the fourth year in a row, we were among 826 participants from 26 countries.
Maçanilha, Picual and Verdeal won gold and Cobrançosa and Frantoio silver in the japanese competion for Extra Virgin Olive Oil held in Tokyo, which this year included 600 olive oils from 21 countries.
In its first participation in the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, four Monterosa oils won Silver medals; Verdeal, Maçanilha, Picual and Cobrançosa.
The Monterosa Frantoio won a Bronze medal being this a completely new variety for 2016 in the Monterosa range and the first time it was submitted to a competition.
Learn more, taste better.
Visit us, and learn more about our extra virgin olive oils.
Come visit our olive grove and mill at Horta do Felix, Moncarapacho. Discover the olive tree culture, the olive oil production process and the origins of our mill, which dates back to roman times. Participate in an olive oil tasting, the best way to compare olive oils and chose the ones you enjoy most.
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There is no cost involved but olive oils will be available for purchase after the tasting.
Tour upon reservation