Cortijo de Suerte Alta is a family estate located on the right margin of the Guadajoz river, near the small village of Albendín, township of Baena, in the province of Córdoba, that is in the heart of Andalucía, to the South of Spain.
In 1924 the Marquis of Bedmar set on foot the conversion of a previous “dehesa” and cereal land into olive groves. The traditional varieties of the Baena region - picudos, hojiblancos and picuales - were intermingled to help with crosspollination and reduce “vecería”- a habit of producing good crops every two years. The olives coming from the family estates were ground at two family mills, one of them was in Suerte Alta and the other one in nearby Cabra.
The present owner Manuel Heredia Halcón, Marquis of Prado, grandson of the abovementioned Marquis of Bedmar, runs the estate since 1986. In 1996 Organic Farming is undertaken under control of the C.A.A.E.-Andalusian Council for Organic Farming- and an irrigation system is initiated.
Today the Cortijo de Suerte Alta estate comprises 255 hectares of olive groves, with an 80% of traditional, intermingled olive trees, and it yields an average of 250.000 Kg. of olive oil per year.
In 2006 the new mill is built next to the family house, in the heart of the estate. This enables Suerte Alta to round up the whole production cycle: from the olive trees to the bottling, and is one of the clues for an exclusive Extra Virgin olive oil
D. O. Baena olive oil draws its characteristics from the intermingled three varieties typical of Andalusian olive trees. The flavours and fresh-fruit taste proper to Picudo and Hojiblanco blend with the stability of Picual. The olives grown on the traditional trees, almost a century old, are blended with olives grown on the younger intensive groves. Drip-feed irrigation, entirely buried, ensures the perfect development and ripeness of the fruit. Organic farming has improved the growth of a local vegetation cover which stays in place during the rainy season. All this aspects as a whole give our olive oil its flavour, fragrance and distinctive character.
Each bottle has the label of the D. O. Baena Control Council (Consejo Regulador de la D. O. Baena), with a stamped batch number that traces back its origin to the exact land parcel in Suerte Alta from where it comes.