Hello,we are Janos and Margaret, living in Ireland, Co.Sligo and we love Olive Oil. We founded ElOlivo in 2019. Our aim is to provide the best quality Olive Oils and more for both households and professional kitchens. We think that a delicious and healthy meal starts with the carefully selected ingredients. Passion of cooking drove us to find the World’s best Olive Oils to bring to our customers. We proudly offer to our customers a range of Olive Oils, sustainably sourced and crafted, using traditional methods to guarantee the highest quality.
‘You can’t make a mistake if you pick the best ingredients.’
We think that carefully selected ingredients are the crucial point of cooking, whether you are a professional chef or you are cooking dinner at home for your loved ones. A friend of ours once said; ’you can’t make a mistake if you pick the best ingredients for cooking‘. Using quality Olive Oils for preparing and cooking helps to carry the flavour of foods and spices, this provides a pleasing feel in the mouth and satisfies the appetite. We wanted to tell everyone our big ‘discovery’, so we opened our small business to share our ideas about Olive Oil with as many people as we can.
About the Olives
We directly import our products from the manufacturer in order to provide as much information as we can to our customers about the oils.
Olive Oil is just like wines, the geography, geology and climate of the location, the cultivars of the olive are also an important factor in order to pick the right Olive Oil, which suits our taste. The Olive Oils what you can buy in our shop come from many different historical areas of Spain, Italy and Greece in terms of Olive framing and Olive Oil producing.
Andalusia is in the most southern area of the Iberian Peninsula. 62,84% (2018) of the Spanish Olive Oil production comes from Andalusia. Thanks to the combination of desert areas, mountains and extensive coastline Andalusia has a perfect climate and soil for olive trees. The most typical olives varieties of Andalusia: Picual, Hojiblanca, Lechín, Verdial and Picudo.
Navarra is in Northern-Spain, bordered by Basque Country, La Roja and Aragon. The northern neighbour of Navarra is the Franch region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Navarra counters its difficult climate with the use of high-density olive groves. One of the most popular varieties of this region is Arrónz. Arrónz olive tree and its fruits are resistant to cold and drought. The first evidence of cultivation of olive trees in Navarra dates back to the Roman Empire. The most typical
typical olives varieties of Navarra are Arróniz, Empeltre and Arbequina.
Castilla–La Mancha, Spain
Castilla–La Mancha is located in the middle of the Iberian peninsula. Castilla–La Mancha is responsible for 15,59% (2018) of the olive oil production of Spin, which makes it the second-largest EVOO producer of the Iberian peninsula after Andalusia. The most typical variety of this region is the Cornicabra, which is well known for its strong character in terms of spiciness and bitterness as well as fruitiness. The Picual variety is also playing an important role in the olive oil production of Castilla–La Mancha. Many award-winning oils are produced in this area and it seems to me they are slowly catching up with Andalusia.
The region of Murcia is located in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula on the Mediterranean coast. The region is bordered by Andalusia, Castile La Mancha Valencian Community, and the Mediterranean Sea. The region of Murcia is responsible for less than 2% of the Spanish Olive Oil production. The most typical olive varieties of Murcia: Cuquillo, Blanqueta, Lechín de Granada Blanqueta, Villalonga, Lechín de Granada, Changlot Real and Cornicabra.
Extremadura is in the westernmost region of the Iberian Peninsula. Extermeadura is responsible for 7.96% (2018) of the Spanish Olive Oil production. It has a continental climate with hot summers and relatively mild winters. The most typical olives varieties of Extremadura: Manzanilla Cacereña, Cornicabra, Carrasqueña and Morisca.
The region of Lazio is located in the central peninsular section of Italy. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy. The origin of Olive Oil production in Lazio reaches back to ancient times. The Etruscans planted the first olive trees in the region and the rest is history. The region of Lazio is responsible for 4% of the Italian Olive Oil production. The most typical olive varieties in Lazio: Itrana, Rosciola, Leccino.
Umbria is located in the central region of Italy and it is bordered by Tuscani, Marche and Lazio. Its capital city is Perugia. Among many historical towns, one of the best known is Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. Umbria is responsible for 2% of all Italian olive oil output. Even though Umbria plays a small role in terms of quantity, the Umbrian olive oil is well known for its quality. Frantioio, Moraiolo, and Leccino are the most often grown varieties in Umbria. The native olive varieties from the region are Moraiolo, Raja and San Felice.
The Peloponnese is a geographical and administrative region in southern Greece. Its neighbour regions are Western Greece to the north and Attica to the northeast. Its capital is Trípoli and its most populated city is Kalamáta. The Peloponnese Region makes up approximately 60% of Greece's olive oil production. The most important olive variety in the region is the Korineiki olives. More than 50% of the olives grown in Greece are of the Koroneiki variety. Furthermore, we can find grows of Athinolia, Manaki and Kalamon (Kalamata) varieties.
Thessaly is a region in central Greece, known for its diverse geography, including fertile plains, mountains, and a scenic coastline. It is bordered by the Aegean Sea to the east and surrounded by the Pindus Mountains to the west. Thessaly's olive oil production is a significant sector of its economy, with extensive olive groves and traditional cultivation practices. The region's olive oil is renowned for its exceptional quality, distinctive flavor, and nutritional benefits, contributing to Greece's agricultural heritage and culinary reputation.
Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Province is located in the northeastern part of Portugal, bordering Spain to the east. Its geographical location is marked by rugged terrain, deep river valleys, and rolling hills, creating a distinctive landscape that is well-suited for olive cultivation and olive oil production. The province's Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters provides an ideal environment for olive tree growth. As a result, the region boasts a rich tradition of olive cultivation dating back centuries. The olive oils produced here are celebrated for their exceptional quality and fruity flavors, contributing significantly to Portugal's olive oil industry.