Mr. Francisco Montabes and Mrs. Araceli Vañó, descendants of olive-growing families who, since the end of the 18th century consecrated to the cultivation of olive groves and the production of oil in mills of their property, acquired the Cortijo Virgen de los Milagros in 1972. That is how Montabes Vañó, S. L. (MONVA) was born, a company that keeps maintaining the tradition, experience, and values established by the founders.
The Cortijo, an old estate where MONVA carries out the entire Extra Virgin Olive Oil production cycle, is located in the municipality of Mancha Real, on the slopes of the Sierra Mágina mountain range, in Jaén. Their estate has been farmed since the Roman Empire times, it has borne witness to countless archeological sites and is now one of the last traditional olive tree crops. Besides giving sustenance to over 90,000 olive trees, their Cortijo shelters every year tens of olive farmers from Jaén, who make possible the production of an Extra Virgin Olive Oil of excellent quality.
Their olive tree plantation has an extension of 650 hectares, which benefit from the clayey-calcareous soils with a relief of soft oscillations. This enables an easier cultivation and olive-picking process.
They use homegrown olives, which allows them to plan the picking season and to control the production process at all times. They grow their picual olive tree plantation according to the Regulation on Integrated Production, in order to guarantee a higher protection of the environment.
To learn more about them visit their website at www.monva.es