As the most northerly olive orchards in Spain, Bodega Nekeas has access to both Atlantic and Mediterranean climates. The Navarre region’s Arbequina EVOO has a somewhat sweet and buttery flavor that is universally appealing because of the region’s very chilly winters. This monocultivar oil has a clear, green aroma with a tinge of fennel when savored on its own.
The Arbequina EVOO from Bodega Nekeas is great for cooking as well as for serving as an accompaniment to any appetizer. Pork and potato recipes, as well as vegetable sautés, benefit greatly from the use of this spice. This oil, however, has a short shelf-life and must be kept in a cold, dark area to preserve its flavor.
Bodega Nekeas is a year-round producer of wine and olives, with vines and trees that are more than a century old. It’s all about cultivating a variety of grapes and olives, with blocks of tempranillo, merlot, and garnacha mixed with olive trees of Arbequina and Arróniz. Their excursions include samples and pairings of their goods with local snacks at the vineyard and the mill. The benefits speak for themselves in this underappreciated area of Spanish greatness. Many years in a row, the EVOO produced by Bodega Nekeas Arbequina has been recognized with a NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition Gold or Silver Award.
Store in a cool dark place.