domingo, 22 de junio de 2008
Rioja Olive Oil.
Scoop for gourmets: Rioja Olive Oil.
When you drive across Rioja region you will spot, here and there, some (not very many) olive trees. Knowing that the soil in this area is so unbelieavably fertile, one may start to think that the production of Rioja olive oil must be something, to say the least, noteworthy. If you stop the car to examine the olives, you will see some interesting varieties: Arbequina, Hojiblanca and Redondilla (indigenous from Rioja).
When you learn a bit more about Rioja Olive Oil, you will find out that the production is very small and that it is strictly controlled by the "Denominación de Origen Protegida" commitee. And we mean strictly: they guarantee that the olive oil is Bio, non-transgenic, locally produced out of local olives...They even check that the soil is chemical-free for three years before the first olives are picked!
Wanting badly to dip a good piece of bread in Rioja Olive Oil?
Well, here's the catch: less than half of the small production is sold outside Rioja; two thirds out of that can be found in very selected delicatessen shops and restaurants around Spain. The remaining bottles go to a few exporters.
Likelihood of finding Rioja Olive Oil abroad is.....almost zero.
Which gives you another reason to come visit us as soon as possible!