The provincial council of Jaén has selected eight olive oils which it says are the year’s best from the region this year — no small designation when you consider that Jaén produces more olive oil than any other place in the world.
The Jaén Selección is a designation created by the Diputación Provincial de Jaén to acknowledge the best extra virgin olive oils each year.
The announcement was made at the Provincial Convention Center for Fairs and Congresses where 59 local olive oils from 48 brands participated during the two days of the event. Attendance to this 13th edition set a record according to Ángeles Férriz, representative for employment, promotion and tourism.
Of the 57 olive oils presented, 52 were of the Picual variety — the widely-acclaimed cultivar used to produce about 25 percent of the world’s production. Other varieties participated as well including Arbequina, Royal, Carrasqueño and Picudo.
The designation “Jaén Selección 2015” was obtained by eight olive oils, seven of which were produced conventionally and another one organic production.
Jaen Selección 2015 Winners
Oro Bailén Reserva Familiar, Galgón 99 de Villanueva de la Reina
Cortijo Spiritu Santo, Trujal de La Loma de Úbeda
Cortijo La Torre, Aceites San Antonio de Arjona
Castillo de Canena Picual, Olivejuice de Canena
Melgarejo Picual, Aceites Campoliva de Pagalajar
Oleopeñas, SCA San Isidro de Valdepeñas de Jaén
Oleocampo, SCA 2º Grado de Torredelcampo
Soler Romero Ecológico, Alcanova de Alcaudete
The selected EVOOs will become ambassadors of the province of Jaén in 2015 participating in promotional activities during the year within the country and abroad. Among the activities is the 12th International ‘Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ Award held at the “Madrid Fusión” gastronomical convention on February 4th, 2015.
The Jaén Seleccción designation aims to contribute to the local olive oil industry to improve quality and encourage a better production within the province, and to enhance the image and positioning of Jaén olive oils around the world.