The Masia El Altet Olive groves are placed high in the mountains above Alicante, Spain and between two nature reserves including the mountain ridge abundant with herbs and aromatic and medicinal plants - over 1,200 varieties make this one of the richest natural areas in the world.
Jorge spent his summer holidays on the estate in the country with Aurelia, his maternal grandmother, while his parents and brothers preferred to cool down in the waters of the Mediterranean. He fell in love wit the scents of the trees & plants and the flavour of the produce of this wild, pure region. His project began here in 2006, spread across the 70 hectares of his estate, Jorge catalogued some 2,000 olive trees of the native Genovesa, Blanqueta and Alfafarenca varieties. They had been there for centuries, giving their best, caressed by the sun and the Mediterranean breeze. Little could they imagine the special care that, in the form of pruning and other attentions, they would soon receive to help them to perform the tasks entrusted to them.
From 1995, and with the same objective, Jorge added a further 3,000 trees of the Arbequina variety, 7,000 Picual and 2,000 of the native Changlot Real variety. A total of 14,000 olive trees that quench their thirst with the water they receive from the natural springs born in the surrounding mountains. Trees which, thanks to their privileged location, live far from pollutants and safe from attacks by pests and diseases. Their commitment to quality means tehy understanbd not all olives reach optimum maturity at the same time. Some do so later than others, but that does not matter. At Masía el Altet they know how to be patient and to wait for the right moment to pick them and transport them to the oil mill quickly without damaging them. An oil mill that benefits from the latest technology to extract the juices with all their properties intact, by means of exclusively mechanical procedures and at controlled low temperatures.