At Son Alegre we produce more than just wine. We are proud to say that in 2004 we planted over 1,000 olive trees of the Olea europaea species, bearing olives of the Arbequina variety. The Arbequina olive is considered to be one of the best in the world for consistency and productivity, as well as for the quality of its oil.
Our olive trees are cultivated under 100 % organic conditions on our Son Alegre estate near Santanyí, where the coastal hinterland joins the rolling hills of the Mallorcan Serra de Llevant.
Our careful and sustainable agrarian approach follows biodynamic principles without the use of any chemicals or non-organic fertilisers, resulting in a low yield but rewarding us with truly exceptional quality. Due to climatic conditions in 2014, only 2,000 kg of olives could be harvested, resulting in a mere 216 l of olive oil (9.25 kg of olives are needed to produce one single litre of our olive oil). Luckily, all our efforts resulted in a premium product of exceptional character, albeit of a very limited quantity.
We are always particular about collecting our olives just before they reach maturity. We handpick the fruit and, for maximum freshness, deliver the olives personally to the tafona (oil mill) in Sóller on the same day, just a few hours after they have been harvested. As we do not yet have our own oil mill, we collaborate with the Cooperativa Agrícola de Sant Bartomeu in Sóller, famed for their gentle handling of olives and renowned for their output of oil of the best quality.
Our oil is extracted by a high-speed centrifugal process from the olives, without the use of any chemical agents. The result of this process is SILEO, an Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Oli d’oliva verge extra) of a truly superior, organic quality. For added stability we include a modicum of wild olives (Olea oleaster) at a ratio of less than 0.5 %, giving our oil a subtle tang and a truly lucious fragrance.
Our olive tree plantation is scrutinized by the rigorous criteria of the Conselleria d’Agricultura, Medi Ambient i Territori as part of the Govern de les Illes Balears. The quality of our oil production is supervised by the Institut de Qualitat Agroalimentària de les Illes Balears (IQUA) and the Consell Regulador de la Denominació d’Origen Oli de Mallorca, allowing us to classify our oil as Oli de Mallorca Denominació d’Origen protegida.
Before bottling, our olive oil is tested by an ENAC-laboratory (Entidad Nacional de Acreditación). Our 2014 SILEO oil was measured with a degree of acidity of 0.5%.
SILEO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is known for its creamy and flawless yet delicately intense fragrance.
This year, SILEO is sold in small tin cans of 250 ml. Only 1000 cans are coming to the shops this month; there aren’t any more. That’s the way Nature does it.