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Don Andres Martinez Bordiu Ortega is the Count of Morata de Jalon and his olive estate is called Arroyovil, which is located in the foothills of the snowy Sierra Magina Mountains near the city of Jaen, Spain.
Age-old groves of Picual olive trees drape the undulating hills of Arroyovil, and this is where Don Andres has achieved his lifelong dream, of farming olives for oil.
The estate covers some 100 hectares. Between the olive grove the hills are covered with low mountain scrub, where you can see partridge, rabbit, and birds that are comfortable enough, raising their young, in the grass on the middle of the olive trail.
The weather during this time of year is mild and sunny during the day, and the nights are cool and clear.
On the estate, there is a rural retreat called La Cateta de Arroyovil, where visitors can experience the calm and quiet of living, in the middle of an Andalucian olive grove.
Arroyovil is accessed from the Ubeda Baeza highway, and the turnoff is about 15 kilometers, from the town of Mancha Real, where Don Andres was born in 1919.
As owner of the estate, Don Andres is actively involved in the production, and marketing, of the Conde de Argillo brand of Spanish extra virgin olive oil, which was named after the title of his father, the Conde de Argillo (Count of Argillo).
But Don Andres has not always been an olive farmer. He was the president of Westinghouse Spain, until he left corporate life to pursue his first love – the production of high quality Spanish olive oil from picual olives.
Don Andres says, “the challenge is producing handcrafted olive oil, year after year, that reaches the required quality”.
He says, the Conde de Argillo brand is not for all markets. Instead it is intended for a limited and select clientele, that wants genuine Spanish olive oil, made in Spain, that demonstrates the same qualities season after season.
Olive oils must have unique character, just as wines of various vintages have unique character. The smell, flavor and appearance of the olive oil, should reflect the differences, in the various olive varieties and crops.
The part of Andalucia, in which Arroyovil is situated, appears at first glance to be arid, but the springs that feed the olives in the valleys from the Sierra Magina mountains, are of the highest quality water.
Undoubtedly, the combination of climate, water, soil and the grove managements at Arroyovil, are responsible for the distinctive characteristics, of the Conde de Argillo brand olive oil.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that consumption of Mediterranean diets enriched with tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts) and extra virgin olive oil decreased the incidence of major cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular mortality.
In a multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial, 7,447 participants (55 to 80 years old; women, 57%) at high risk of cardiovascular disease, but no cardiovascular disease at enrolment, were randomized to one of three diets: Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil; Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a low-fat control diet (advice to reduce dietary fat). Participants received quarterly individual and group educational sessions and, depending on group assignment, free provisions of extra virgin olive oil, mixed nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts), or small non-food gifts. The primary end point was the rate of major cardiovascular events (myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular death).
The two Mediterranean diet groups achieved good adherence to the intervention based on self-reported intakes and blood biomarker measurements. The results of an interim analysis prompted stopping the trial after a median follow-up of 4.8 years. A major cardiovascular event occurred in 288 participants. Individuals in the Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil group (96 events) and in the Mediterranean diet with nuts group (83 events) had respectively a 30% and 28% less cardiovascular events and mortality than those in the control low-fat diet; versus the control group (109 events). No diet-related adverse effects or weight gain were reported during the trial.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine.
Conde de Argillo has launched an innovative olive oil vending machine manufactured by Akcoyen.
This is a new and daring way to bring a first-rate olive oil such as Conde de Argillo to the general public.
This vending machine is designed to be installed in any place used by large numbers of users, such as airports, stations, museums and shopping centres.
The internal mechanisms of the vending machine enable the bottles to be stored at a constant temperature, which ensures the excellent quality of the Conde de Argillo Extra Virgin Oil, which will delight any exquisite customers.
The olive oil l is available in smoked glass bottles to avoid its oxidation and they are wrapped in a metal mesh for greater protection and to guarantee the authenticity.