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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.