Family Alonso Alvarez de Toledo and Urquijo, XII Marquis of Villanueva de Valdueza, who often referred to simply as the Marquis de Valdueza, for 500 years the farm has Perales de Miraflores, located in the southwest of Spain in Extremadura. In this area, in the days of the Roman Empire cultivated olives from which the oil is excellent. It is known that the Marques de Valdueza engaged in manufacturing of oil since 1624, and never the quality of their product is not in doubt. Prior to 2004, on the family oil mill produced oil only for his own use. Alonso Alvarez de Toledo, which is not only an aristocrat, landowner and businessman, decided to open a family business for the production of olive oil of the best quality. To this end, the area was expanded planting of olive trees, amounting to 200 hectares today.
Spanish summer in Extremadura can be dry and very hot. And, despite the fact that olive trees grow well in arid and infertile soils, excess of sun and high temperatures can be harmful to them. Therefore, the estate has been specially created a complex irrigation system, used in case of need. Every 5 years, is made of soil analysis and examines the state of the foliage of olives, which are grown with the utmost respect for the natural environment. On the basis of data obtained conclusions about the need for fertilizer and pruning trees to maintain the balance of growth and yield. Weekly inspection of olive groves allows timely identification of signs of disease and the appearance of pests. Blackbirds, living on the estate, usually cope with the invasion of insects, but there are rare cases where pesticides are used, the use of which is strictly regulated by the laws of the European Union.
For high-quality olive oil Extra Virgin class is very important choose the right time of harvest. The farm Perales he begins to the extent that each of the 4 types of olives (Pikual, Arbekina, Ohiblanka and local variety Moriscos) reaches optimum maturity. Before allowing harvesting internationally renowned Olive Oil expert Cristino Lobillo Rios conducting a series of tests.
To minimize damage to fruit trees and olives are broken by hand. Harvest arrives at the plant as soon as possible in special boxes for the transportation of agricultural products.
Special attention is given creamery Marques de Valdueza. Her oil manufacturing technology is considered one of the best in the world. Each variety of olives pressed separately by centrifuge. The resulting oil was over 2 weeks "rest", then it is blended and left for 2 weeks for a more brilliant taste and aroma. Elapsed testing olive oil is kept at a certain temperature in a stainless steel tank with nitrogen to prevent its oxidation. Checking the oil sold under the brands Marques de Valdueza and Merula, made in accordance with the standards of IOOC and EU regulations 2568/91.
The farm Perales are also vineyards, where 40 hectares are grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Since 2005, the vineyards and the winery Marques de Valdueza being successful work in collaboration with Dominique Roujou - known winemaker and friend of the family Alvarez de Toledo. In 2006, the estate of the first harvest, from which to get a decent wine. Today, Marques de Valdueza 3 releases names of red wine, whose fresh, rich and generous flavor reflects the peculiarity of the region of Extremadura.