High in the hills of the Les Garrigues province in Northern Catalonia, Spain, the third and fourth generations of the Vea family can be found making their delicious olive oils. The groves, though not all certified organic, are run in accordance with strict biodynamic principles, and the family seamlessly blend the newest extraction systems with the traditional olive cultivation and selection methods of past generations.
Many of the Arbequina olive trees which grow on the hills outside Lerida, the province’s capital, are up to 200 years old, and sit on ancient terraces carved into the hillside.
Between September 24-30th olives from the oldest trees were pressed. These old trees, that sit on stony ground, do not produce a lot of olives (it takes 6kg of Arbequina olives to make a 500ml bottle of Primera Early Harvest), but those that they do, create an intense and characterful olive oil which is now available on our website.
We still have some 2020 harvest in stock (and on sale online), and it is still delicious. An interesting comparison to see how oils from the same trees can vary so much year – to – year.