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5 of the Best Spanish

Extra Virgin Olive Oils to Try in 2022

 – Spain’s best oil-producing regions –

February 2022 – The Spanish Radish Blog

Spain produces more than half of the olive oil made in the entire world! It comes as no surprise then that this liquid gold is highly revered in the country and many of the best olive oils come from Spain. Here are our top picks of 2022 for the best Spanish extra virgin olive oils.

Before getting into some of the tastiest olive oils to try, let’s look at the main olive oil-producing regions around SpainWhen we talk about olive oil it’s always going to be extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), which has additional health and taste benefits to normal olive oil. It’s proven to be the healthiest oils to use for cooking, savoring with some fresh bread, or drizzling on salads. 

What are the best Spanish extra virgin olive oils, by region?

While we’ve sampled plenty of incredible olive oils all throughout Spain, there are certain regions that are internationally renowned. If you find any that you want to try that don’t appear in this list, don’t be put off. You are pretty much guaranteed a lovely drop from anywhere.

There are stronger blends and different olives used, which can be heavily debated for hours and everyone has their own favorite here. So, if you can get into some olive oil tasting action where you live, jump at the opportunity as you’ll be surprised at how different they can be. A splash on some salad or drizzled on bread is what you want to try for the extra special varieties. These aren’t for cooking with!

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Landscape of Andalusia region features rolling olive groves and mountains in the background.

Andalusia – the golden child of olive oil

Andalusia is located in the south of Spain and is home to the Jaén province, which is the undisputed star of olive oil production in the country and hence, the world. Covered in olive trees, some of the finest oils ever come from here. 

Want to check out more from this rich culinary region of Spain? Check out our Andalusia regional foodie guide

Catalonia – home to some of the oldest olive oil groves

Not to be outdone, Catalonia olive oil producers are world-famous and win plenty of awards for their outstanding extra virgin olive oils. If you ever get the chance to visit, you’ll even find the Olive Oil Theme Park and museums dedicated to olive oil dotted around.

Castile-La Mancha

The region is home to the (probably) most famous Spanish cheese, Manchego, among other gastronomic delights including olive oil. One of its most famous varieties is Cornicabra.

5 Spanish Olive Oils of Note in 2022

This list of our best Spanish extra virgin olive oils are in no particular order but all have their own unique story and flavor to lap up. Enjoy!

Finca La Pontezuela

Finca La Pontezuela is famous for its 5 Elementos range of extra virgin olive oils. While its Cornicabra is the shining star at the moment thanks to winning gold at the New York International Olive Oil Competition in 2021, they also create picual, arbequina, hojiblanca, and redondilla varieties.

Fuenquesada 

Since 1850, the Quesada family has been making fine extra virgin olive oil. Fuenquesada is a gourmet olive oil. Hailing from the province of Jaén this picual oil is special from the moment the olives are tenderly harvested at night to the moment it delights the taste buds.

Nekeas 

Nekeas extra virgin olive oil actually comes from Navarra which is in the north of Spain and home to so much of the beautiful wine produced. Nekeas does wine and extra virgin olive oil so is truly special.

Their arbequina oil is smooth and sweet. They also have a unique blend of arbequina and arróniz olives used in one extra virgin olive oil. Arróniz olive trees are cold-resistant which is why you find them in the north of Spain but still produce great quality olive oil.

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Oleocampo

With century-old olive trees, Oleocampo has won numerous awards and for good reason. It is a cooperative comprising of five olive oil mills in Andalusia. We love how the premium picual comes in an opaque bottle to preserve the quality of the liquid inside.

Oleico Pallarés, S.L. – Herriza de la Lobilla

A family-run business operating near Seville produces Herriza de la Lobilla. As well as producing awesome extra virgin olive oil, if you are ever near the area, they run guided tours to check out where the magic happens. They produce different olive oil varieties and they’re definitely worth sampling.

a large jug of olive oil sits on a rustic benchtop with a few fresh olive branches beside the jug

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Health benefits of olive oil and the Mediterranean diet

Here are just a few of the proven health benefits of consuming olive oil regularly as part of the Mediterranean diet;

 

  • Improves digestion
  • Aids weight loss
  • Olive oil works as an anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces heart problems
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves cholesterol level in the blood
  • Boosts your metabolism
  • Boosts hair and skin health
  • Protects against type-2 diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Prevents against Osteoporosis

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