What’s New About Our Sileo Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

It has been a while since we last told you about our Sileo Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The truth is that at Son Alegre we produce more wine than olive oil and perhaps that is why it may seem to the discerning customer that our olive oil takes a back seat. But this is not the case. We are proud of our wine production, but we are also pleased to remind you that in 2004 we planted more than 1,000 olive trees of the Olea europaea subsp. europaea species, which produce olives of the Arbequina variety. As you may know, the Arbequina olive is considered one of the best in the world for its consistency and productivity, as well as for the quality of its oil.

At Son Alegre, we harvest our olives in mid to late October when the olives on the trees are of three different colours, green, purple and black. The three colours signify that not all of the olives are fully ripened – if they were, they would all be black. We have decided to let some olives not fully ripen. That way we can ensure a superior quality of olive oil combined with a better taste. If we were to wait any longer, chances would be that the olive fruit would be attacked by the Olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae), a serious pest in the cultivation of olives, and that would of course alter the taste of our oil drastically, unless we were to spray against the little insect. We will never spray. We are committed to Nature and to the wondrous ecosystem and biodiversity on our land that we have allowed to develop over the last seventeen years. We have not ploughed our olive orchard once since 2005; in fact we do not even enter our orchard all year long other than at harvest time. We do this mainly to leave the trees, their natural environment and our biological ecosystem as well as the prevailing, life sustaining biodiversity, completely undisturbed.

Talking about the Olive fruit fly you may be interested in the fact that at Son Alegre we leave the olives that fall to the ground, be that due to the wind, rain, a storm or the fruit fly, on the ground for good. We do not gather the fallen olives at the time of the harvest to perhaps increase the volume of our crop. No. At Son Alegre quality comes first, and what has touched the ground stays on the ground.

Actually, not quite. Once we have finished our olive fruit gathering and set off to the Tafona oil mill in Sóller, we let our pigs in to the olive orchards. The pigs love our olives; they know a thing or two about quality and good taste. They don’t mind the olive fly among the olives they devour. Just think; if we didn’t let the pigs in, the olive fruit fly would prosper and breed and thus reappear the following year and with a vengeance. Our friends the pigs help us prevent a major onslaught of fruit flies in a much more natural and organic way than any other means that we know of. How’s that for organic farming?

And, by the way, as the pigs forage for olives on the ground, they inadvertently rummage through the soil, thus giving a minuscule ploughing to the top layer of our soil and helping to aerate the soil, particularly in the immediate vicinity of our olive trees. Perhaps the pigs all were organic farmers in their former lives. Who knows.

Currently, there are 89 Virgin Olive Oils labelled with the ‘d’O‘ seal, the Oli de Mallorca Denomination of Origin. This certificate was created in 2002 in accordance with European Union regulations, confirming that the thus marked and sealed oil is an agricultural product originating from a clearly defined location whose quality and characteristics are principally due to the geographical environment in which it is produced by natural factors and human activity.

Of the 89 Mallorcan Virgin Olive Oils, only twelve are grown and produced under 100% organic conditions as controlled and certified by the CBPAE (Consell Balear de la Producció Agrària Ecològica), without the use of any pesticides, insecticides, chemical substances or inorganic fertilisers. Sileo oli d’oliva verge extra from Son Alegre is one of these few Mallorcan quality olive oils and it is 100% organic. Naturally, it is also 100% vegan.

Due to favourable climatic conditions in 2021, a record 18,000 kg of olives were harvested at Son Alegre’s estate, making it the best harvest by volume in 14 years. This amount resulted in 1,890 litres of olive oil (10.5 kg of olives were needed this year to produce one litre of our Sileo olive oil). For added stability we once again included a small amount of wild olives (Olea oleaster) at a ratio of no more than 2%, giving our oil a subtle tang and a truly luscious fragrance.

This year’s oil has again been pressed at the Cooperativa Agrícola de Sant Bartomeu in Sóller where it is resting now to allow it time to settle for about two more months. In February, we shall proceed with the bottling. Before bottling, our olive oil is tested by an ENAC laboratory (Entidad Nacional de Acreditación). Our 2021 Sileo olive oil was rated with a degree of acidity of 0.2%, the lowest we have ever had. This oil will be available early next year in Sileo’s traditional 500 ml dark green glass bottles, but also in 250 ml tin cans, giving you more choice and also, offering protection for those of our customers who would wish to put their olive oil purchase into a suitcase on their way back home.

Try some Sileo Extra Virgin Olive Oil if you have a chance. You will like it. It is a perfect gift from Nature.

We Are Proud To Announce The Launch Of Our New Organic White Wine, Ramon Lo Foll 2016

Vineyard Son Alegre is happy to present this year’s white wine, Ramon Lo Foll 2016.

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The new white wine of our 2017 season is dedicated to Ramon Llull, the Mallorcan writer, philosopher, teacher and mystic of the 13th century whose 700th anniversary of death was celebrated last year. He called himself, jokingly, Ramon Lo Foll (Ramon the Fool). We admire Ramon Llull and his way of contemplating the world. He was one of the greatest thinkers that Mallorca has ever seen and we are glad to pay homage to this outstanding man.

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Our new Ramon Lo Foll white wine is a composition of organically grown Chardonnay, Giró Ros and Malvasía grapes in equal parts. Our vines were eleven years old at the time of the harvest. All grapes were carefully collected by hand, at the end of August 2016. Vineyard Son Alegre is one of the few vineyards of Mallorca cultivating all their vines and in fact all their land according to EU organic farming standards following the principles of Biodynamic and sustainable agriculture. We take the natural harmony of Nature serious. We are farming in sustainable ways based on an understanding of the ecosystem and the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. As a consequence, we leave our soil undisturbed by not ploughing our land.

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Our new young white wine was vinified at a controlled temperature of between 16 and 18º C during the fermentation process with a maceration of 20 days. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine matured for six months in the tanks and a further two months in the bottle. The wine was bottled in March 2016. The alcohol content is 12.5% vol. Only 8,000 bottles were produced. Ideally, we would like to have had more of this wine for sale but we are only a small vineyard. Quantity is not our main objective; quality is, as well as an utmost respect for our land with the highest regard for Nature and the environment. In any case, we are grateful for and appreciative of what we have been able to achieve at Son Alegre over the last few years since we started our vineyard.

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The Ramon Lo Foll 2016 white wine is best served at a temperature of 8º C and is well suited to the setting of Mallorca and to the Mediterranean climate. The wine is pleasing on the palate, fresh and refreshing. Its colour is clear and gentle. The wine has a distinct character and can be drunk on its own, in the company of good friends, with snacks or cheese, with fresh fish or with chicken, white meat, pasta or vegetarian dishes. Enjoy. And please, drink in moderation.

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Paying Homage to Pep Costa


Vinya Son Alegre is proud to honour Don Pep Costa with our Picarol 2013 wine, available in Red (Merlot), White (Malvasía/Chardonnay) and Rosé (Merlot, Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon). Don Pep Costa was the founder of Cala d’Or (Mallorca) in 1933. He was locally known as ‘Picarol‘ and we respectfully chose his name to commemorate his life’s achievements with our wine.

A festive act was celebrated yesterday at Bar Fernando in Cala d’Or during the Fiestas de Santa Maria del Mar in the presence of Margarita Serra Costa, Picarol’s granddaughter, and Elena López-Gil, Don Pep’s Great-Granddaughter. Also present were the mayor of Santanyí, Llorenç Galmés, and a number of other political dignitaries. The eulogy was delivered by Miquel Manresa, founder and Managing Director of Vinya Son Alegre.




Welcoming the August Full Moon over Son Alegre


The August full moon gave us this year’s closest supermoon. According to NASA, this full moon was 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year.

At Son Alegre, the lunar rhythm is one very important implement for our working the land. We have always observed the lunar calendar and the moon’s phases, just the way our forbears have done when it came to pruning their fruit trees, grafting plums onto almond tree branches, planting new trees, sowing their crop, harvesting their wine, mating their sows, sheep or horses, or even having their own hair cut. One might say that traditionally, the Mallorcan farmers’ lives have been governed by the moon even more than the sun.

Traditionally, the grape harvest is related to the cycles of the moon. For instance, the fortnight between the January New Moon and the January Full Moon is the time to cut the previous year’s vines back and prune them back to the woody-stemmed plant. Our vendimia, the grape harvest, usually starts with the August New Moon. Ever since we started our activities at Son Alegre, we have been guided by the lunar calendar and, so far, we have been rewarded with good results. It may not be perfect every year but it is always true to the land.

We will start harvesting this year’s grapes any day soon. We shall start with two white grape varieties, the Malvasía grape which is characterized by its deep color, distinct aromas and the presence of some residual sugar, as well as the Chardonnay grape, a malleable grape that happily adapts to our Mallorcan soil and in particular the Call Vermell soil, a clay loam formation containing plenty of iron oxide and lime.

We are proud of our work and we are grateful to the moon, to nature in general, to all our many helpers such as indigenous wild flowers and the wildlife on our land. To all of them we are truly indebted.