Señorío de VizcántarSoler RomeroJuan Gil

Señorío de Vizcántar

Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil Selected by Children.

Olivinus Niños 2014.
The winding street of Priego de Córdoba with hanging flower plots.

Priego de Córdoba, Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain is a beautiful and lovely place to visit but relatively an unbeaten track to most international travellers. We love wondering around the winding street where flowers pots could be seen hanging on and decorating the white walls.

Unknown to most people, this town has received nearly 600 national and international awards for the extra virgin olive oils it produces. As a note of interest, the first award received by an olive mill in Priego de Córdoba could be traced back to 1912.

Mr Fermín Rodríguez, an Olive Oil Master Taster, as well as the owner of Aceites Vizcántar, was conducting an olive oil tasting class.

Our Visit

In January 2015, we visited Priego de Córdoba and Vizcántar’s olive groves and its milling & storage facilities.

We have also attended an olive oil tasting workshop conducted by Mr Fermín Rodríguez, the owner of Vizcántar, an olive oil Master Taster himself, and a National Champion of Spain in 2016.

During the workshop, we are introduced to the complex world of true extra virgin olive oil.

Señorío de Vizcántar Normal. Fruity and aromatic.

Small Farm, Family Business

Aceites Vizcántar started its family-run business in 1946. It has since passed on to the 3rd generations where the art of growing the olives and producing extra virgin olive oil becoming more polish and systematic.

Its olive groves are located in the heart of Andalucía, Spain’s most southern region, which is wedged between the mountains of the Sierra Súbbetica and the borders of the provinces of Granada and Jaén.

Four Products, All Coupage, Except One

The extra virgin olive oils produced by Aceites Vizcántar have received many international and national top awards over the years. Notably, the award that is only involved children in the evaluation of the extra virgin olive oil, Olivinus Niños 2014.

The four products are:

  • Señorío de Vizcántar Normal
  • Señorío de Vizcántar Special Selection
  • Bio-Vizcántar Normal
  • Bio-Vizcántar Seleccion

Other top awards received in major international competitions include but not limited to:

  • Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the Year 2014 in World Ranking Extra Virgin Olive Oils;
  • Grand Prestige Gold (2014) in TERRAOLIVO and OLIVINUS (2014);
  • Gold (2014) in Les Olivalies in France;
  • Grand Mention (2015) in Orciolo D’ORO in Italy;
  • Among the World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil by the Germany’s most important gastronomic magazine, Der Feinschmecker.

Various awards received by Senorio de Vizcantar.

More importantly, these olive oils are certified by the Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP), Priego de Córdoba, which is the seal of quality.

The Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP) Priego de Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain, certifies Señorío de Vizcántar for its Origin & Quality.

DOP Priego de Córdoba received the Best D.O.P. award in 2014 by OLIVINUS, and it is the D.O.P. produces the most top award-winners in any major international olive oil competition.

Fermin and Agus stand beside the millennium old olive tree.

Varietal & Region

Señorío de Vizcántar is produced from three olive varietals: Hojiblanca – a mild, floral oil, Picudo – a fresh, fruity oil, and Picual – a peppery, bold oil

The olive groves and the milling facility are located in Priego de Córdoba, Andalucia, Córdoba, Spain.

Señorío de Vizcántar Normal: Fruity. Medium bitterness and peppery finish. Aromatic, floral & fruity oil with hints of herbal notes. Ideal for everyday use, bread dip, salads dressing, or as a main ingredient of dishes. Good for cooking and frying due the high presence of antioxidants and high oleic acid content. The smoke point is around 210oC.

BIO-Vizcántar Normal: It is fruity, delicate, smooth and mild. The entry into the mouth is sweet, which is slowly giving way to a slight but pleasant bitterness, and a slight spiciness at the back of the tongue. Recommended for everyday use, bread dip, salads dressing, or as a main ingredient of dishes. Ideal for everyday cooking and frying due to the high presence of antioxidants and high oleic acid content. The smoke point is around 210oC. Organic Farming.

BIO-Vizcántar Selección: This is a mono-varietal organic extra virgin olive oil, produced from early-harvested Picual olives. The olive oil is green, medium fruity with touches of green fruits like artichoke, leaves & olives, tomato, and green grass. Smooth on the entrance with medium bitterness and peppery finish.

Señorío de Vizcántar Special Selection: Limited production edition where Olive Oil Master Taster, Mr Fermín Rodríguez, specially selects the best olives at the right time of harvest to produce this finest quality of extra virgin olive oil. This most aromatic & fruity oil is distinguished by its initial herbal notes that evolved into a floral finished.

Señorío de Vizcántar Special Selection is an early-harvest green extra virgin olive oil. Medium bitterness and peppery finish. A perfect balance of herbal, fruity and peppery flavour. Superb for crisp green salads, dipping with a crust of bread, & any complex dishes.

5L BAG-IN-BOX preserves the quality and extends the shelf life of olive oil as it protects the olive oil from exposure to air and in-contact with light. It also prevents oxygen from coming into contact with the olive oil in the container. The small packaging size facilitates storage.

Video Summary: Mr Fermín Rodríguez Jiménez was explaining the three types of olive trees normally grown in Priego de Córdoba. They are, hojiblanca, a slight sweet taste in the beginning, a slight bitter taste of unripe fruits, and an almond aftertaste; picudo, a soft fruity flavour, and picual, a bold and peppery taste, very aromatic with high bitter and spice.

He was also explaining the kind of soil needed to grow the olives, and the best weather conditions to harvest healthy olives.

Fermin also proudly presented the olive trees he personally cared for in his family olive groves. The age of the trees ranges from 20 years to 200 and 1,000 years.

Customers’ Review

Señorío de Vizcántar receives some excellent consumers’ reviews, and one of the best seller at La Tienda. It also obtains best reviews from Amazon’s customers.

There is no better oil.

Ruben Rodriguez (verified purchase) on February 23, 2015. Amazon.

This is the most delicious olive oil we have tasted in 40 years of cooking Mediterranean. Just a few dribbles and salt and pepper and enjoy the praises of your family and friends.

Flor Bunker (verified purchase) on July 18, 2013. Amazon.

Your days of selecting mass produced olive oil at the supermarket may soon come to an end once you realise a new world of flavour and excellence in Señorío de Vizcántar.

Ghenghis (Top 500 Reviewer) on June 23, 2013. Amazon.

Love this oil! 4th time ordering it.

Steven B – Long Beach, New York – Mar 23, 2015. LaTienda.

We’ve used this extra virgin olive oil for years and absolutely love what it adds to the taste of food.

John – Flagstaff, AZ – Nov 9, 2014. LaTienda.
Quality Certificates

Soler Romero

Five Organic Certificates. Best Organic EVOO assessed by both Taste & Health.

Guía de AOVE RM Deleite y Salud.
The estate of Soler Romero, “Cortijo El Tobazo”, is situated in Alcaudete, in the province of Jaén, Andalucía, southern Spain.

Jaén is one of Andalucia’s forgotten treasures – stunning cathedral dwarfing the surroundings and the 16th century Palacio de Villardompardo.

The olive trees are planted at an average height of 600 meters above the sea and a wide temperature range between summer and winter, which allows a natural disinfection of the olive trees, keeping them safe from plagues and illness without the use of chemical products.

Our Visit

We visited Soler Romero’s olive groves, its mill, storage and bottling facilities in November 2015. We are impressed with its cleanliness and organic-minded farming and production.

Mr Enrique, owner of Soler Romero, explaining organic farming and its philosophy.

It’s the Family Business

Soler Romero has been in the olive farming since 1850 and it has now into its sixth generations.

The family estate occupies over 600 hectares (1,500 acres), and the olive trees are organically grown. Soler Romero is one of the largest organic olive oil producers in Spain.

The mill is centrally located in the olive groves, allowing the newly harvested olives to be processed within 3 hours after harvesting (to limit oxidation and preserve maximum health benefits and flavour).

Notably, almost all of its olive trees are over 100 years old and were planted by the shepherds almost 200 years ago.

The estate of Soler Romero, “Cortijo El Tobazo”, is situated in Alcaudete, in the province of Jaén, Andalucía, southern Spain.

Having been practising sustainable farming for over 30 years, Soler Romero has obtained five organic certificates, European (Spain), the US, Japan, Korea and China.

It is worth mentioning that Soler Romero is the first Spanish olive oil producer to obtain the USDA Organic seal of USA in 2003 as well as the first to be organic certified by the Chinese organic standards in 2010.

Various awards received by Soler Romero.

Four Products, All Organic

The four products of Soler Romero are equally impressive, with low acidity less than 0.15% and high Polyphenols in the range of 350-900 mg/kg.

First Day of Harvest: This is produced from the best selected Picual olives on the first day of harvest to capture the very most authentic flavours of the olives. This olive oil is very green & bitter with touches of fruits like green tomato, artichoke and green grass.

Picual: A blend of Picual green olives and olives in the envero stage (not ripe but pink-purple olives), this olive oil is very fruity with hints of green. Ideal for daily use, for raw consumption, cooking and frying.

Coupage: A blend of Picual, Arbequina, and Picudo olives, it is a special olive oil that combines the green herbs and slight bitterness of the Picual olives and the fruitiness and sweetness of the Arbequina and Picudo. Amazing complex flavours of tomato, olives, grass, apple and banana. Ideal for salads, meat, fish, and bakery.

Arbequina: A selected production of Arbequina extra virgin olive oil. It is elaborated while Arbequina olives are still green to get a very delicate, sweet, mild olive oil. We can easily recognise the intense fruitiness of ripe fruits as tomato, apple, banana and fresh olives. Ideal for fish and bakery.

Juan Gil

Best Expressions of the Monastrell Grape Variety.

Juan gil wines.
Juan Gil’s vineyard in Jumilla, Murcia, Spain.

Bodegas Juan Gil is established in 1916 with its first winery built in the heart of Jumilla, Murcia, Spain.

The vision of the winery is very clear: Doing a good job and being prideful of the Juan Gil name and commercial trademark.

Juan Gil’s vineyards are located between 700 and 850 meters of altitude, on a sandy and limestone soil, stony on the surface and very poor in nutrients, with a great holding capacity of the little water it receives.

In this place, with extreme climate and strong contrast, is where the winery is located.

With hot summers of intense sun, long and cold winters, a difference of 25ºC between day and night, almost total absence of rainfall, and with a dry and stony ground.

These land particularities are the characteristics that make Juan Gil’s wines intersting and unique.

Monastrell grapes.

It’s the kingdom of Monastrell, a grape variety owned by this region that is present in the vast majority, and exclusively, in all Juan Gil’s wines.

Next to the old vines, aged more than forty years, and other younger Monastrell ones, Juan Gil also grows Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes, which are well suited to the terrain and provide intense shades of spices and fruit.

Four Products

Juan Gil Blanco: Young and dry white wine made from the Moscatel grape variety. This white wine has bright, golden and lime fruit hues, with a nose of fresh peach, melon, and kiwi aromas, which are complemented by jasmine and white pepper.

Juicy, tightly wound pit fruit, honeydew, and essence of tropical fruit flavours, it delivers a lot of juicy, refreshing fruit and comes off almost weightless on the long, intensely spicy finish. Bright, yet well rounded, with a harmonious and long finish.

Juan Gil Yellow Label: Aged in French and American oak barrels for 4 months, this red wine has an intense deep red cherry colour. Powerful in nose, clean and complex. Very attractive fruity aromas, touches of ripe fruit and reminds of new wood. Well-balanced, soft tannins and very long finish.

Produced from 100% Monastrell grapes, it is an excellent choice for party wine. It is a red wine that vintage after vintage throws hundreds of wine enthusiasts off course.

Juan Gil Silver Label: This red wine has a very dark cherry colour with purple tones. In the nose it has a rich, powerful and explosive aroma of red berries, toasted and smoked notes from its ageing in oak barriques. It has good structure with ripe and sweet tannins. In the mouth it is very long with a perfect balance between fruit, alcohol and the oak tones which make it very pleasant and easy to drink.

Juan Gil Silver label is a highly acclaimed wine from various critics. This wine is among the top 10 most highly rated Jumilla wines. It is also ranked in the top 10 for number of awards won among wines from this region. It is worth every penny, no matter the vintage.

Juan Gil Blue Label: A limited production red wine, it has an intense black cherry in colour. It offers a nose of toasty and spicy notes and jammy black fruits. It opens in the glass to reveal a complex blend of wild berries, spice box and hints of liquorice, coffee and cocoa. Texture is smooth and dense, tannins are ripe and acidity is crisp and mouth watering. Long, persistent finish.

Juan Gil Blue Label is a highly acclaimed wine from various critics. Critics have scored this wine as one of the top 5 Jumilla wines. It is great value for money.

8 thoughts on “PARTNERS

  1. Which type of your product is suitable for skin and scalp?

    1. Hi Khin. As long as it is high quality extra virgin olive oil, they are suitable for use on skin and scalp.

      If you have no preference of organic, Senorio de Vizcantar Normal is one that offers high amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties needed by our body. As the usage rate on skin may be high, we recommend 2.5L Tin as it is more value-for-money.

      For organic, we recommend Soler Romero Picual. The amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are high too.

      When you are buying extra virgin olive oil, do pay attention to buying a high quality one for you need its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

      Hope these help. Thanks. Best Regards, Agus. Only Olive Oil.

  2. Hi, may i knownif u have organic first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil in 3 or 5L bottle?

    1. Hi Audrey, we don’t have organic extra virgin olive oil at this moment. But we will likely be getting organic 5L in Feb/Mar 2018. And probably 3L organic as well. Stay tune!

  3. Hi,

    As I would like to mix extra virgin olive oil for facial use,
    which one would you recommend?


    1. Hi Joanne, two properties to take into consideration. One is the antioxidants, and the other is the anti-inflammatory properties in the extra virgin olive oil.

      Look for extra virgin olive oil that gives you the bitterness and spiciness when you taste it directly – these attributes are indicators of the richness of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory in the extra virgin olive oil.

      Within the range of olive oils we carry, you can use Picuda, Senorio de Vizcantar (Organic or Special Selection), and Venta del Baron. You can browse through our product description to decide on which one is best for you.

      I know that some people prefer to use organic extra virgin olive oil as one of the main ingredients to home-make the facial products.

      From value-for-money perspective, you can consider Picuda as we are currently having special promotion for 2015 Christmas – The joy of Christmas is doing a little something extra for everyone.

      Picuda (500ml) S$10/bottle – Valid till 31 December 2015. Free delivery for order above S$40.

      From cost-effective perspective, Clásica extra virgin olive oil is best, especially now where Christmas promotion is on going till 31 December 2015. A bottle of 500ml Clásica is only S$7/bottle, and 750ml is S$10/bottle.

      Hope this helps.

      Best Regards,


  4. We found the olive oils to be light and flavorful, perfect for Italian and seafoods!

  5. Bought 2 bottles of Venta del Barón recently. Started using it to prepare salad. My family loves the taste.

Leave a Reply