To ensure the quality and absolute consistency of our olive oils, which are made almost exclusively from Portuguese olives, we decided to use the transitional area between the vineyards and the forested areas, using an intensive model that has a low environmental impact on ecosystems and water resources, to plant an 80-hectare olive grove employing organic production methods. There is also a small and very old grove, which also uses natural methods and processes that are entirely traditional.
Because of its almost forest-like agricultural production, due to little intervention within the terrain, the diverse undergrowth and the layout of the plantation, which is pesticide and herbicide-free, the olive grove essentially functions as a transitional ecosystem with a wide range of flora that includes mint, rosemary and cistus. Here, pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, as well as insectivorous birds like the azure-winged magpie and chickadees, find shelter and food. Reptiles, like the ocellated lizard and ladder snakes, also hunt here, helping to control rodents. At night, the olive grove is visited by bats and the little owl, who perform the rest of the organic control, keeping the olive trees healthy.