The cultivation of olives and the production of olive oil have deep roots in the history of Spain. The tree olive has been considered a symbol of peace, abundance, victory and life and have been cultivated around the Mediterranean about 6000 years ago. Its origin most probably was in Greece. In Spain, as in Greece, the air smells of olives.

  1. Production

Jaen is the largest olive oil producing region in the world, just this region alone produces more olive oil than thw world’s second producer, Italy. But not only Andalusia or Jaen, other territories around the whole territory are producing excellent olive oil.

2. Varieties

There are currently 1.200 varieties of olive cultivars in the world. In Spain, there are over 250 traditional varieties and 24 of them are considered main varietals which allow the development and obtaining of EVOOs with very different organoleptic qualities and characteristics that make up an amalgam of flavors and aromas.

3. Health and Mediterranean Diet

In Spain, people consume it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is an indispensable ingrediente at any good table.

The traditional mediterranean Diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and nuts reduces by 30% the incidence of major cardiovascular complications. In addition to this, the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet have also been confirmed in regards to global mortality and other diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury or neurodegenerative diseases.

4. Quality & Innovation

The Spanish EVOOs are on the “World’s Best Olive Oils” lists. Spain, with nearly 30 Protected Designations of Origin is, along with Italy, the country with the largest number of olive oil quality labels.

The ‘made in Spain’ know-how has place Spain at the forefront in terms of research, development and innovation. Much of their 1749 oil mills are equipped with the most advanced technology for the production of olive oil.

5. Branding & Packaging

The design of olive oil containers have left behind their traditional appearance. Marketing, branding and packaging merge to build or reinforce and image of a solid brand in the market and add value to the product.

6. Gastronomy

Well-known Spanish chefs has been the best supportes of extra virgin olive oil. Ferrán Adrià (creator of the extra virgin olive oil foam), Martin Berasategui, Joan Roca… in all their kitchens, Mediterranean roots and culture play a key role and olive oil is one of their star products due to its infinite possibilities. Creations such as the world’s first EVOO spreadable cream or the olive oil butter by Paco Roncero -presented in a tube resembling toothpaste are some of the examples of the boundless creativity inspired by EVOO.

7. Export and Internationalization

The Spanish olive oil sector already allocates over 60% of its production. For the first time in history, the Spanish olive oils dominate strategic markets such as China, Japan or United States, ahead of Italy.