Castillo de Canena Olive Oils

With a history of growing olives that began in 1780, our business in named after the family´s castle that stands on the hill in the Canena area of Jaén province. On these lands the family´s olive trees are grown, harvested, their extra virgin olive oil processed and bottled. We personally supervise the whole manufacture process at Castillo de Canena, which gives our customers full reliance on our company. Located between the Cazorla Mountains and Magina, our family´s Picual, Arbequino and Royal olive trees can be found. At Castillo de Canena we combine traditional wisdom with the most advanced technology and scrupulous respect for the environment.All the olive groves are completely mechanized, using a fertilization and irrigation drip system. The olive groves are certified as “Integrated Production” that ensures environmentally friendly practices and a conscientious cultivation system. 

We are a family business with tradition that dates back to18th century. Francisco and Rosa Vañó quit their jobs to dedicate themselves to their father's olive farm and work hard to become one of the best oils in the world. Since 2004 we have  produced top quality extra virgin olive oil. Since then, we have won many international awards and many gastronomic experts consider our oils as one of the best of the world. From an organoleptical / tasting point of view, our oils are early harvest. 

Nowadays many chefs and foodies are looking for stronger personality oils: greener, more fruity. The altitude we have, the composition of the soil and sun hours give our oils higher level of polyphenols, vitamins and also more character. Jaén is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. One of the lesser known provinces of Spain compared to the heavily tourist-oriented coast, it has four national parks and many other protected natural areas. The province also contains two Renaissance cities, Úbeda and Baeza, both recently declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Castillo de Canena:  This fortress was built by the Arabs in the ruins of a Roman castrum, there being written testimony that the king of the Taifa of Toledo took refuge in this castle upon the fall of the city. Later, under the control of the order of Calatrava it was a legal jurisdiction and was part of the defensive belt of the “advanced” fortresses, so called because they formed a frontier with the Arabs during the 200 years that followed the battle of Navas de Tolosa. 

In 1538 Francisco de los Cobos, secretary to the Emperor Charles V, whom we had the honor of accommodating, transformed it into a Castle-Palace, entrusting the project to the prestigious architect Vandelvira. Today it is admired as one of the most beautiful examples of the Andalusian Renaissance. 

This fortress remained in the hands of his descendants, who were already the marquises of Camarasa. It was declared a National Monument in 1931 and subsequently restored and preserved with the utmost care by our family. We welcome our clients and friends to visit our house and share with us the experience of the world of olive groves and oils, the incredible gastronomy of our land and the beauty of Úbeda and Baeza, which are 10 km away from the Castle, both of them being part of the Heritage of Humanity and both making this area the “Spanish Tuscany” for many.

Gastronomy:  The gastronomy of Jaén is very varied, emphasizing local dishes such as the pipirrana (tomato, green peppers, breadcrumbs, garlic shoots, olive oil, vinegar, salt and hard-boiled egg); "spinach a la Jaén" (garlic, croutons, spiced sausage, bayleaf, egg, orange zest and vinegar); "rice a la Jaén" (very weak), "veal with chopped garlic", "trout from the rivers of Jaén" (trout, butter, chunks of ham with bacon, parsley, white wine and salt), "ajo blanco a la Jaén" (raw almond, olive oil, eggs, garlic, salt, vinegar and water). Among the most well-known confectioneries of Jaén is "rice pudding", "gachas of Jaen" (a sort of porridge), "pestiños", "gusanillos" and "ochíos". In Jaén the eating of tapas is very common; numerous bars exist where, for the price of a beer (around €1.50), one can purchase a tapa, which consists of a small plate of food for one person.

Castillo de Canena has a growing and complete portfolio. From Family Reserve which is winning prizes and recognition all over the world to the limited editions: we were the first ones to have First Day of Harvest (red bottle), first ones to have in the market early Royal (ancient and almost extinct variety), first to have smoked oil, one of the first to have Spanish biodynamic . . . we are leaders in the market with a strong position in international markets.

Strong position in media:  We have wide presence in press. We generate news for journalists and foodies and they include our oils often in their articles. We are the mill in Spain with more certifications, both in quality and process: ISO 22.000, BRC/IFS, ISO 9001, Negative footprint, Demeter Certification . . . Strong position on environmental sustainability. The measures we have taken in the 10 years that we are in the market include: photovoltaic plants, measuring hydric stress plants, our own composting, experimental field of different varieties of other countries for future projects, etc.

We innovate both in product (almost one innovative product per year), method (new methods of obtaining each year better oils) and service.

Castillo de Canena and the town of Canena
The harvest
Olives at harvest
The harvest
The harvest
The olives

At the mill
Rosa and Francisco Vañó