We produce our olive oil from 5 different varieties perfectly adapted to the Mediterranean climate of the Algarve.
Each one has very distinct characteristics, producing oils that due to their differences of fruitiness, bitterness and pepperiness are perfect for harmonizing culinary specialties.
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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 produce 5 different Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, 4 of them monovarietals: Verdeal, Maçanilha, Picual, Cobrançosa and Selection which is created with the finest batches of our varieties, selected by the Monterosa tasting panel.
We also produce another Extra Virgin Olive Oil called “Horta do Félix” which is a combination of the Monterosa varieties.
There are differences in the aromas and character between them. Verdeal is the softest 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.
All our Olive Oils are produced following a certified Best Practices system that assures respect for the environment and the consumer.
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 medals at the New York Olive Oil Competition. Gold medal with Monterosa Picual and silver medal with Monterosa Selection.
Monterosa olive oils are awarded at this competition for the seventh year in a row, we were among 1.000 participants from 30 countries.
Monterosa Picual won gold medal and Monterosa Selection won silver medal in the japanese competion for Extra Virgin Olive Oil held in Tokyo, which this year included 611 olive oils from 21 countries.
Since 2016 our olive oils are on the list of this German contest where 250 best olive oils in the world are awarded.
This year two of our olive oils are part of the exclusive list, Maçanilha and Selection.
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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