It could well be the most unique working olive grove in Spain.
“Querencia” it is called, a place where one feels most secure and at home. In every case it offers something unusual for the visitor, a chance to adopt an olive tree for a friend or family.
Maybe someone far away needs reminded about Spain? Buy them a tree for life, 40€. You receive a personalized certificate, a special gift package with info about the history of the farm, and a liter of extra fine virgin oil from the trees all presented in a slick box.
In their brochures there are also recipes for using the oil the way the Spanish do; for health and fine cuisine.
You can pop in and visit them unannounced, but it is better to book (to get good directions) as they are always busy with groups learning about the ancient form of olive oil production and how it has evolved. We enjoyed this as although I have tasted various oils I never knew much about the production. For instance, some olives are just for oil, like the alberquina on this farm.
Planned excursions include the long version for 30€, from 10AM to 4PM with breakfast coffee and roles, a buffet lunch including wines or beer and dessert with the gaps in between filled in with short tours, oil tasting and group activities. Plenty of information is served up concerning the olives, trees, and care taking of the plants (your plants).
A shorter tour version for €20 includes oil tasking, short tours, tapas and wine for two hours. A totally fun day out and learning about Spain.
In our case we bought trees for loved ones passed and for those that we anxiously await their return. How fun to take them for a drive in the country, stop and walk through an olive grove and show them their tree with a nice sign or ribbon on it (optional).
Or, just arrange a visit for a quick oil tasting an buy directly some oil in one, three or five litercarafs for 15, 35 or 50 Euros. Any of these need to be arranged. Call Angela or Wilhelm on 634 32 03 08. Finca Querencia is just a few kms. Outside of HuercalOvera on paved roads and easy to find. Not only will you learn a lot, but could well walk away owning your own tree or three. Ever accommodating Angela said she would even take fotos of your tree if you can’t make it back for any length of time.
Wilhelm also does an informative newsletter. Spain in a package, can’t get better than that.
Write to [email protected] or give them a call. Be expectant for an exciting outing into the real Spain.