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Olive Oil
A Hidden Treasure – Portuguese Olive Oil
History of olive oil production in Portugal


The Mediterranean type climate in certain parts of Portugal are very conducive to the growth of olive oil and after its inclusion into the European union in the 1980s Portugal has also begun exporting its olive oil and is currently ranked eighth in the world. In fact in many farms of Portugal today, olive groves are cultivated along with the vines which produce Portuguese wines, its most well-known product worldwide.
The origins of olive oil cultivation in Portugal can be traced to have its sources in the historical ages. Several parts of the eastern Mediterranean basin were incorporated as part of the formidable Roman Empire like Portugal and various influences from those times remain even today. During the 8th century BC, through the trading activities of the Carthaginians and the Phoenicians, the art of growing olive trees reached the Iberian Peninsula.
In the beginning of olive production in Portugal, there was no desire to export and almost all the olive oil cultivated was used in catering to the domestic markets. However, during the early eighties with the benefits of polyunsaturated vegetable oils coming to the forefront, the importance or demand for olive oil suffered a backseat in Portugal. But with its joining the European Union, the scenario has improved immensely and Portugal is now ranked eighth in the world market. Oil mills and refineries have been developed and some of the premier olive oil producing regions includes Norte Alentjano, the hills of the Moura region, the upper Douro and the Tras-os-Montes in the northern part of Portugal.
Olive oil is one of the base elements of Portuguese gastronomy and culture and it is one of the responsible for the healthy nature of Mediterranean influence cuisine.
In Portugal there are six regions owning the title of DOP - Denominação de Origem Protegida (Protected Designation of Origin). This title vouches for the quality of the olive oil which is produced in each one of these regions, according to the kinds of olive used to do it. The most common one is the Galega which is more predominant in the Center Region and then towards the south. From this olive we obtain a soft, sweet, not very sour or spicy olive oil.

The olive oils from Porto e North (Trás os Montes) are intense ones and with unique features when compared to those grown in other regions, just because they use different kinds of olives. The olive oils of Alentejo (Northern Alentejo, Inner Alentejo and Moura) are also very exquisite in terms of flavour. From this mixture of varieties, where we can include Galega, we obtain less bitter and spicy olive oils, but more intense ones, when compared to those of Trás os Montes.

The olive oils from the region of Lisbon (Ribatejo) present themselves in a goldish yellow tone, sometimes slightly greenish. With a thick and fruity character, the olive oil from Ribatejo owes its excellence to the region’s limestone soil and Mediterranean climate, all favourable to the growing of olive trees.


Three different qualities of olive oil exist - Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( Azeite Virgem Extra), Virgin Olive Oil (Azeite Virgen) and Olive Oil (Azeite).

OLIVE OIL

PORTUCALE Extra Virgin

Tasting notes:
Medium fruity, with a taste of fresh and ripe fruit, very balanced between bitter, spicy and sweet tastes.
A very harmonious finish.
Available in:
BOTTLE, 750ml, 500ml, 250ml

PORTUCALE Extra Virgin

Tasting notes:
Medium fruity, with a taste of fresh and ripe fruit, very balanced between bitter, spicy and sweet tastes.
A very harmonious finish.
Available in: BOTTLE, 750ml, 500ml, 250ml


CONDE D`OURÉM Extra Virgin
Tasting notes:
In continuity of the brand 'Conde d’ Ourém', the olive oil is one more noble product  chosen to be part of this label.
This is an extra virgin olive oil, free from additives and chemical preservatives, with less than 0,5% acidity, and with a greenish yellow colour, fruity scent, fresh and aromatic.
Available in: BOTTLE, 750ml, 500ml, 250ml, 2 Lºs (Pet), 5 Lºs (Pet)

CONDE D`OURÉM Olive Oil

Tasting notes:
In continuity of the brand 'Conde d’ Ourém', the olive oil is one more noble product chosen to be part of this label.
This is an olive oil, free from additives and chemical preservatives, with less than 1% acidity, and with a greenish yellow colour, fruity scent, fresh and aromatic.


CONDE D`OURÉM Tempero

Tasting notes:
In continuity of the brand 'Conde d’ Ourém', The Tempero is one more noble product chosen to be part of this label.
No Cholesterol -Contains no Gluten
Ingredients; Refined Vegetable Oils, Virgin Olive Oil.
Contains No Colouring or Preservatives

Available in:
2 Lºs (Pet), 5 Lºs (Pet)

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