American president, Thomas Jefferson, said: “The olive tree is surely the greatest gift from the heavens.” Mallorca is truly blessed, being dotted with more than 750,000 olive trees – 90% of them more than 500 years old. These ancient gnarled and twisted trees are an intrinsic part of Mallorca’s landscape.
In the 19th century, Archduke Luis Salvador praised Mallorcan olive oils in his writings, but it wasn’t until 2002 that the Denomination of Origin ‘Oli de Mallorca’ was created. This hallmark is applied to some of Mallorca’s best extra virgin olive oils – produced specifically from the mallorquina, arbequina, and picual varieties.
Extra virgin olive oil is a key Mediterranean diet component: the liquid gold is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K; it helps with calcium absorption, and its polyphenols play a role in gut health.
Here’s our selection of Mallorca’s ten best extra virgin olive oils.
This limited edition organic olive oil was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Archduke Luis Salvador, who was responsible for the medal awarded to Son Moragues’ oil at the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. Over 10,000 pampered olive trees grow on this finca near Valldemossa, which has some of the Serra de Tramuntana’s most fertile land. The sweet smooth oil comes in a unique-design bottle made by Gordiola, which is presented in a box that is handmade on the estate from olive, cypress, pine, and cherry prunings.
The Valldemossa estate of Son Moragues produces heaven-sent olive oil based on sustainable, organic-certified farming methods. […] Son Moragues
The Son Moragues estate in Valldemossa has been in existence since the 14th century. Awoken from slumber, the olive groves are now being cultivated again.
[…] A story spanning centuries in Valldemossa
Exquisitely sweet and delicate, Mallorca’s Son Moragues estate was in the spotlight at the latest El Corte Inglés gourmet event. […] The only 100% Mallorquin oil in the world
Solivellas – OdM
Centuries-old Finca Es Guinyent in Alcúdia has 85,000sqm of flat-land groves, bottling plant, and visitor centre. The climatic conditions in this northern part of Mallorca – sunshine, rain, and sea breezes – are favourable for olive trees. The Solivellas family uses only mechanical and artisanal methods to produce their fruity oil, made from arbequina and picual olives, and it takes nine kilos of the fruit to obtain just one litre. Aromatic, intensely flavoured, and low in acidity, the oil has earned its place in some of the best restaurants on Mallorca. These include Ca Na Toneta in Caimari – and not just because its chef Maria Solivellas is a cousin of the producers!
Come and meet the passionate and inspiring Solivellas Sisters. María and Teresa run the wonderful Ca Na Toneta restaurant in Caimari. […] Maria & Teresa Solivellas from Ca Na Toneta
El Olivo – OdM
There’s more to the Belmond La Residencia in Deià than just a beautiful hotel. The estate is also home to numerous olive trees and their fruit (the mallorquina variety) is the source of this luscious oil, used in the hotel’s El Olivo restaurant – and in some luxurious hotel spa treatments.
An exclusive hotels in the northwest of Mallorca in Deià is one of the most beautiful hotels on Mallorca offering excellent accommodation, a restaurant and spa. Highly recommended! […] Belmond La Residencia Hotel & Spa
El Olivo restaurant with dynamic chef Guillermo Méndez at the helm, offers high-quality Mediterranean cuisine at the Belmond La Residencia Hotel, in Deià. […] El Olivo Restaurant Deià
Treurer – OdM
The Miralles family’s first-class oil is made only from arbequina olives grown at their finca near Algaida. Fruity and spicy, with delicate bitter notes, the oil is well balanced with aromatic hints of almonds, walnuts, and fennel. The name Treuer comes from the word ‘tresorer’ – which means ‘keeper of the treasure’; highly appropriate for this liquid gold. The dark glass bottles filter out UV light and have an anti-drip top.
Son Catiu – OdM
Three oils – picual, arbequina, and a coupage – are produced at the interesting Son Catiu centre between Inca and Llubí. On this site you’ll find Mallorca’s largest and most modern olive press (opened in 2008), a shop, tasting area, and ‘pambolieria’ restaurant. The oils are sold in different-sized bottles and tins.
Oli de Jornets – OdM
Mariano Planas Gual de Torrella is at the helm of Olis de Jornets, which has produced luscious olive oils on a Sencelles farm since 1998. Made from 100% picual olives, Oli de Jornets has been consistently winning awards in international competitions since 2010. In 2016 alone it won prestige gold medals at the important competition Olivinus, held in Argentina, where the panel judged olive oils from 441 producers across 17 countries. In Jerusalem, Oli de Jornets won two gold medals at Torraolivo 2016. The low-acidity oil (0.1° for the past five years) is also listed as one of the best in Spain in the new olive oil guide ‘Iber Oleum’.
From arbequina olives grown in the only biodynamic grove on Mallorca, Son Naava is produced by a family of perfectionist entrepreneurs who bought the estate in 2010. They have a holistic approach to agriculture and, with the assistance of Mallorca’s best ‘Demeter’ farmer, produce 20,000 litres of oil annually, bearing the ‘Demeter’ trademark. The Demeter Association inspects Son Naava’s groves twice a year to ensure compliance with its strict rules.
Aubocassa – OdM
Aubocassa was first produced in 1998 on the ‘possessió’ Finca Aubocassa, in the Manacor municipality. The silky juice of only arbequina olives – milled one hour after harvesting – this low-yield cold-pressed oil has a maximum acidity of 0.1°. The oil has won numerous awards around the world and is widely exported.
Biniagual – OdM
The Moors planted the first olive trees on the Biniagual estate in the 13th century and, today, the finca has around 1,000 olive trees. This high-quality extra virgin olive oil is made from hand-harvested arbequina olives, cold-pressed on the day of harvesting to achieve the desired low acidity level.
Llàgrima Verda – OdM
Els Olis Ínsula produces this award-winning oil made from only arbequina olives grown on the 2,000 trees of Finca Son Pere Andreu, on the outskirts of Manacor. In both 2013 and 2014, the oil won the approval of judges in the New York International Olive Oil Competition: after tasting nearly 700 of the world’s best extra virgin olive oils they presented Llàgrima Verde (meaning ‘green tear’) with a silver award.
The second largest town located on the north-eastern corner of Mallorca, Manacor is considered to be an industrial town offering lots of local shops, restaurants and bars. […] Manacor