Tradition and Innovation
Olives and its cultivation arrived to Galicia with the Roman invasion and disappeared at the end of the XVI century. These olives were an important local crop in Roman times but were largely replaced when the Catholic Monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, ordered them uprooted to favour the production and expansion of olive cultivation in the south.
A small number of these ancient olives survived in mountainous areas of Quiroga, Monterrei and Valdeorras. The remaining examples were largely ignored in recent times and were only farmed for local use.
Seeking new opportunities, Olei discovered the potential of the native Galician olive. Olei conducted a research study on the origin of the local Galician variety, culminating in the discovery of a new centenary olive variety today known as “Brava”.
The team at Olei, the scientific inspiration behind the historic rediscovery and recovery of the ancient autochthonous olive variety “Brava”, has dedicated years of research and development to obtain and commercialize this Northern Spanish extra virgin olive oil and to restore it to its former glory.
The Olei brand and image are designed to reflect the Galician tradition, exclusivity and uniqueness of the product, and its commitment to innovation and quality. Launched in early 2010, Olei has enjoyed a fantastic reception from both professionals and the public.