Aceite de Madrid Receives Protected Designation of Origin Status

The extra virgin olive oil, produced primarily with Manzanilla, Castellana, and Cornicabra olives, becomes the country’s 32nd PDO.
Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
By Eduardo Hernandez
Apr. 17, 2023 17:36 UTC

Olive oil pro­duc­ers in Madrid received Protected Designation of Origin cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the European Union ear­lier this month.

After four years of work by local offi­cials, qual­i­fy­ing pro­duc­ers can begin to label their extra vir­gin olive oil with the offi­cial PDO cer­tifi­cate start­ing April 24th.

We have achieved some­thing good by show­ing the European Union that this is a real project with a future that respects the envi­ron­ment,” said Rafael Gómez, the pres­i­dent of the PDO.

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Now, when peo­ple buy this olive oil, they are going to know it’s of good qual­ity, with some of its own char­ac­ter­is­tics and with a respect­ful pro­duc­tion process,” he added.

In the autonomous com­mu­nity of Madrid, there are about 4,500 grow­ers, 18 mills and over 20,000 hectares of olive groves, pro­duc­ing between 3.7 and 6.0 mil­lion liters of olive oil annu­ally.

The main cul­ti­va­tion areas are in Campiña, Suroccidental and Las Vegas regions, south­east of the cap­i­tal.

Aceite de Madrid’ PDO oils will be pro­duced pri­mar­ily from Manzanilla, Castellana and Cornicabra olives. This is what allows us to obtain sen­sory pro­files that make this oil unique,” said Esther Alonso, the direc­tor of the PDO.

Gómez added that Madrid PDO extra vir­gin olive oil is spicy, green and bit­ter. He said it has a potent aroma as well.

Isabel Díaz Ayuso, pres­i­dent of the Community of Madrid, con­grat­u­lated the farm­ers and orga­niz­ers who sent in the PDO appli­ca­tion and lob­bied Brussels for its inclu­sion in the E.U.’s Register of Protected Designations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

The Madrid coun­try­side is in luck,” she tweeted. The European Union cer­ti­fies the Denomination of Origin of Madrid olive oil. Thanks to the farm­ers, mills and the entire oil sec­tor. Together we have made it pos­si­ble.”

Spain boasts 32 extra vir­gin olive oils with a Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication sta­tus.

The pro­duc­ers behind the Aceite Villuercas Ibores Jara in Extremadura, which applied for PDO sta­tus in February 2022, will hope they are next in line to become Spain’s 33rd olive oil with pro­tected sta­tus.


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