Hacienda de Colchado
Welcome to Hacienda de Colchado
Centuries-old olive trees disappear over the horizon, dominating the scenery at the Hacienda de Colchado estate, where they have been growing olive trees and producing olive oil for more than three generations. Nowadays, it is a modern business which produces extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality, under its brand names Legado, Experience and Malaca Vetus.
Experience is a single varietal of Hojiblanca, selected during November and December, when the olive is in the veraison stage, turning a purple-black colour. The oil extracted mixes green and riper tones, showing great balance, both on the nose and in flavour, which makes it ideal for all types of palates.
This extra virgin olive oil is made from mature olives, predominantly using the Hojiblanca varietal. It is subtle on the nose, highlighting its mature undertones, and is especially sweet on the palate.
This oil is from the early harvest of the Hojiblanca varietal, which is collected mid-October when the olives acquire a yellow tinge which indicates the onset of the veraison, when their colour changes from green to black. At this stage of maturity, only a very small amount of oil is extracted. However, its sensory attributes and chemical qualities are tremendous.
History of the estate
Located in the Antequera region(Malaga),it occupies the old farmhouse of the Counts of Colchado, listed as a building of historical and patrimonial importance by the Council of Andalusia. Our work was dedicated to cereal and vines from 1679 until the start of the 19th Century. Then, once a mill was built for grinding olives, olive trees became the main focus of cultivation. Most of the building was built with a baroque air, during the final stages of this style in the 18th Century, with the additions coming in the 19th Century. Currently the estate covers 310 hectares consisting of 220 hectares of old olive trees and the rest of a new plantation. This produces an average of 800,000 to 1,200,000 kg of olives a year.
Our own harvest
All our oil comes from olives which we have harvested ourselves. This allows us to control the harvest, the time taken until they are processed and therefore, the final quality of the extra virgin olive oil.
In the case of the LEGADO range, we only use olives of the Hojiblanca varietal. These are harvested early using the traditional hand-pole beating method, catching the olives as they fall from the trees; a process done at the time of day when the temperatures are lower. This early oil specifically comes from the oldest olive trees, located at higher ground on the rolling hills of the Hacienda de Colchado estate. These olive trees only grow on higher ground, where they are at the mercy of the weather, suffering the harshest conditions. These trees are only visited for pruning and finally at harvest time, when they present us with their delightful riches.
Producing our oil with love
As well as using an olive of the highest quality, timing is also key in this process. All our fruit is selected choosing the healthiest and most wholesome olives to go through the milling process, making sure that they are clean with no leaves or branches. This procedure is carried out in the two hours after collection, always using a cold extraction method at temperatures below 20ºC, with short blending times. At this moment, as the aromas and nuances from the volatile components are concentrated, our olive oil is born.
They are subjected to two cleaning processes using centrifugation, separating the liquids from the solids. At the end of this process and in order to guarantee excellence in our final product, we taste each batch, choosing and classifying the best and storing them in stainless steel tanks for conservation and subsequent packaging.
EXPERIENCE is‘balance’,a single varietal of Hojiblanca, selected during November and December, when the olive is in the veraison stage, turning a purple-black colour. The oil extracted mixes green and riper tones, showing great balance, both on the nose and in flavour, which makes it ideal for all types of palates.
The short time that occurs until the milling process, together with the cold extraction of the fresh olive juice, allows us to capture the essence of the original fruit. As a result, we can produce an extra virgin olive oil we are proud of. Enjoy the experience.
This oil is from the early harvest of the Hojiblanca varietal, which is collected mid-October when the olives acquire a yellow tinge which indicates the onset of the veraison, when their colour changes from green to black. At this stage of maturity, only a very small amount of oil is extracted. However, its sensory attributes and chemical qualities are tremendous. In this way, we produce an oil with a great aromatic complexity and a very high nutritional value due to its high content in natural antioxidants, which are responsible for its bitter and peppery finish. The yield of the fruit is very low but we are able to achieve the excellence which differentiates our extra virgin olive oil from the rest.
This is our philosophy: Legado, as its name suggests(Legacyin English), is the maximum expression of how we live for the olive groves, striving to produce the best oil as we have done for generations.
This extra virgin olive oil is extracted from mature olives. It is very subtle on the nose, highlighting its mature undertones, and is especially sweet on the palate.
Malaca Vetus is our tribute to the time when thousands of amphoras of olive oil from the olive groves of Malaga and all Andalusia crossed the“MareNostrum”to supply the entire Roman Empire. This Extra Virgin Olive Oil, obtained from splendid olives of Andalusia conquers all.