Three varieties of native olive are recognised: argudell, corivell and verdal or llei de Cadaqués. Even so, it was not until 2008 that the Empordà Olive Oil Protected Designation of Origin, which takes in the counties of Alt and Baix Empordà, three municipalities on the Pla de l’Estany and five in Gironès county, was created. Always considered as the best for producing olive oil, which it gives in great abundance, the argudell is the most characteristic and widely-cultivated olive variety. In contrast, the corivell variety is not very common, while the verdal variety gives personality of the olive oils of Cadaqués.
The regulatory council also allows the labelling as PDO Empordà Olive Oil those that do not have more than fifty percent of the arbequina variety, an olive that has also adapted well to the territory. In the same way as there are varieties of olives from other parts of the world, in recent years, ancient local varieties have also been discovered in La Garrotxa and the Montseny, where their expansion is already being worked on.
This extra virgin olive oil, fruity and green, is obtained from three varieties of olives: Argudell, which accounts for the largest proportion, and Corivell, both native cultivars, plus a smaller quantity of Arbequina olives. It is produced by Empordàlia, a cooperative formed by a union of small producers in L’Empordà, created in 1995 when the old cooperative oil producers in Pau, Roses and Vilajuïga joined forces.
Category: 100% extra olive oil, native single variety
Producer: Empordàlia SCCL
Bitter, spicy, sweet, greenish, fresh, light and slightly astringent, Serraferran extra virgin olive oil is made from olives harvested from Argudell and Arbequina trees that are hundreds of years old, and in some cases over a thousand. The native Argudell olives contribute a robust, bitter flavour and a complex aroma, while the ubiquitous Arbequina adds the fresh fruity flavour of green olives.
Category: Blend extra olive oil (predominantly of native variety)
Producer: Oli de Ventalló, SL
Gozos Mundanos is a project dedicated to the production of extra virgin olive oil and quality wine, and runs a bistro in the centre of Roses. Gozos Mundanos extra virgin olive oil, fruity, green and light, with a sweet attack, a subtle bitterness and a medium-low spiciness, is produced from Arbequina olives organically grown in the Alt Empordà.
Category: 100% extra olive oil, single variety
Producer: Adelina Parada Pérez
Each bottle of Anna Sala Trull de Ventalló extra virgin olive oil tells the story of olive oil and olive trees in L’Empordà, recalling a time when people went expressly with their own jugs to buy traditional Ventalló oil. It is made with olives from Argudell trees that may be hundreds of years old, Arbequina olives and the Picual cultivar, which is native to Andalusia.
Category: Blend extra olive oil, varietal
Producer: Oli de Ventalló, SL
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