Location

Finca la Torre is located just 15 minutes away from the lively centre of Antequera and is completely surrounded by 376ha of olive groves, fields, pine forest and flanked by two hill ranges. This exceptional location offers extensive views that sweep from south to west.

This privileged secluded location has one km long palm-lined avenue that offers spectacular sunsets and sunrises. The garden is the chosen point to enjoy the sight.

Visit us and delight yourselg with the unique and stunning landscape, discover Finca la Torre’s aura, as well as, the remarkable Antequera’s region!

For further information about the activities of the region, please follow the link:
http://turismo.antequera.es/en/

Facts & Figures

 
Founded:
210 B.C. (Finca la Torre 1260).
Owner:
Agrifutura Holding AG, Switzerland.
Management & key staff:
Ing. Agr. Víctor M. Pérez (Director)
Leonor Ruiz M. (Admin Manager)
Sandra del Pozo R. (Admin)
Igor Gutanu (Mill)
Francisco Arreza C. (Field)
Staff total:
10 (30 during harvest)
Land area:
376.09 ha
Olive grove:
229.74 ha
Pasture & forest:
126.07 ha
Factory space:
10.27 ha (Mill, warehouse, office and guesthouse etc.)
Olive trees:
25,170 new (1998) Hojiblanca, Arbequina, Cornicabra, Picudo 8,900 old (1840), Hojiblanca
Wells:
3
Irrigation:
Dripirigation, fully automatic, reservoir capacity of 106,000 m3.
Mill technology:
Continuous 2-phase cold extraction, PIERALISI & GEA (2010/2011)
Mill capacity:
1,500 - 3,000 kg/h
Stock capacity:
200 tons

Quality Philosophy

The philosophy of top class

For more than 2,200 years, Finca la Torre has occupied a special place in the fascinating world of olive oil production and trade. This is no coincidence!

Olive growing and the purely mechanical production of olive oil are simply ideal for cultivation in accordance with organic guidelines. With the optimum cultivation of soil and trees, the trees produce large quantities of aromatic oleiferous fruits. Consequently, the biological olive grove is not simply an ideology for us but logical basis for the production of high-quality olive oil. We use all aspect of our extensive expertise, ranging from optimal pruning, fertilisation with our own compost (obtained from the rearing of sheep and horses) and targeted irrigation to skiful pest control (using specific insect traps and benefical organisms).

We also actively research the key areas of nutrients for soil flora and fauna, as well as, actively control the olive fruit fly (bactrocera oleae).

More than anything, we want to apply state – of – the – art technological methods and the most recent findings in order to ensure that the green gold you use in your kitchen is a pure and as fresh as possible, so enabling you to enjoy the fine aromas and the “fresh – from – the – mill” taste, at least until the next harvest. Not an easy but certainly a rewarding task.

History

Evolution over the years

Finca la Torre has a more than 2,200 – year tradition as olive – oil mill. The company is one of the oldest in the world and looks back on a lively history. Its Roman roots are apparent everywhere and exhibited for visitors to see in the form of ruins (pillars, parts of the torcularium) at the main entrance.

210 B.C.

The Romans established the estate as the torcularium (oil press) of Singilia Barba. They planted olive trees and installed a trapetum oleario (stone mill). They mainly cultivated the hojiblanca olive.

190 B.C.

General Marcus Porcius Cato started to export oleum bonum baetica (in organic quality) to Rome. A villa was construted for the estate owners (about 80m away from today’s mill).

10 B.C.

First deliveries to North Europe, including Helvetia (Aventicum, Augusta Raurica, Basilea) and Germania (Colonia C / Cologne, Mogontiacum / Mainz, Augusta V. / Augsburg, etc.)

500 – 720 A.D.

Under Visigothic rule, the production of oil continued using a mola olearia – type olive press.

722 - 1237

Under Moorish rule, an al-ma’sara (Arab name for olive press) was used

1238

Part of the northern border of the kingdom of Granada (Nasrid dynasty).

1260

Construction of the border watchtower – since then known and documented in historical maps as Finca la Torre (del Cuchillo).

1650 -1860

Cortijo y Almazara of Torre (state and oil mill) of the county of Bobadilla, counts Narvaez & Aguilar. Renovation and extension of the mill and finca building, planting of more than 8,900 trees (cultivation of hojiblanca).

1998

Joint venture between ASI-Global AG and Rapunzel Iberica, S.L. (Finca la Reja, S.L). Renewal of the mill technology (continuous 2 – phase cold extraction), plating of more than 23,500 trees, certification in accordance with EC organic and biodynamic guidelines.

2006

Merger with Agrifutura Holding AG. Development of the Finca la Torre product range for RAPUNZEL Naturkost (table olives, Citrolive®), main markets: Spain, Germany, Switzerland and The United States.

2010 – 2011

Comprehensive modernisation of the entire infrastructure: new cold mill from PIERALISI, extension of the air-conditioned storage tank,new harvesting machines, ISO 9001:2008 certification.

2014

Renovation of the entire image and product range is extended with new ecological families of cheeses and vinegars

La Torre

Fierce battles were fought along the border between the Moorish kingdom of Granada and the Christian kingdom of Castile and the border consequently underwent many changes between 1,030 and 1,237.

From 1,238 the border ran from Rondo via Antequera to Granada right along the edge of the finca.

In 1,260 the Nasrids constructed a watchtower with a diameter of around 4.7m and a height of approximately 10m on the “Cerro del Cuchillo” hill which is 553 above sea level (“Cerro del Cuchillo” due to its long, narrow shape and steep northern face). Its strategic position offered extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

Reconstruction

In the last few decades, the outer shell of the tower suffered the ravages of time and it collapsed leaving wall just 1.9 m high.

The ruins of the “Torre del Cuchillo” tower (the stones from the original wall can be seen on the left and at the front).

In 2,010, a project was initiated in order to restore the tower as a historical monument and in accordance with the work carried out on a neighboring tower near Antequera.