Monte Blanco by Luis del Pino, S.L. - Montalbán de Córdoba, Esp.
Farmers since 1935
Monte Blanco is a new full range of high quality, organic products produced by Luis del Piño S.L. - Montalbán de Córdoba, España. Our family has been farming in this region since 1935, producing Olive Oils, Montilla-Moriles D.O. wines, and wine vinegars. Concern for the environment led us in 2002 to implement a new initiative to develop a line of organic products. Today, we are proud to offer a comprehensive, organic range which includes: extra virgin olive oil, wines, especially the dessert wine Pedro Ximenez, wine vinegars, arrope, and olives. Our entire line is Comité Andaluz de Agricultura Ecologica (CAAE) certified. We are located in the south of the Cordoba province of Andalucia, Spain. Our area is formed by rolling hills of “Albariza.” The very chalky Albariza soil lends our products a special smoothness and an outstanding quality while its renowned moisture retention aids in our goal of reducing water consumption. MonteBlanco and Luis Pino cultivate several farms, known as: “Los pollos”and “El Alcaudon”, vineyards and olive groves, which a total of 100 hectares, where we have left untapped land to plant walnuts, carob trees and hackberries, that allow a better development of the native flora and fauna. We are also promoting the development of wild birds, with the placement of nests throughout the farms. MonteBlanco has also implemented a separate project with local farmers to encourage the planting of organic vegetables, including as asparagus and broccoli, with plans to expand these cultives to other varieties.
"Encouranging the plantation of organic vegetables"
MonteBlanco believes that eating should be elevated; a pleasure to our senses while providing for our nutritional needs. It is with this goal we aim to produce foods with the highest natural nutritional values, quality, and, most importantly, flavor while protecting and improving the environment.
"Our commitment is to leave the lands in better condition than we found them."
From the beginning of our company development through all of the choices we make, we at Monteblanco, are guided by our motto: "To leave the lands in better condition than we found them."
It is our conviction that if we depend on the land to provide us with the healthiest of foods, we must, in turn, sustain and nurture the land by providing it with only suitable organic fertilizers and treatments and eliminating the use of toxic products which can be damaging or adversely affect the land and consumers.
Our imperative is to leave future generations a better planet than we received, and although we may not be able to affect the entire planet, we are committed to this goal in the small portion that has been entrusted into our care.
"Our interest here goes beyond the fruit to the intrinsic quality of their nutrients''
Our second commitment is to quality. Our interest here goes beyond the fruit to the intrinsic quality of their nutrients. A growing body of evidence is showing that the vitamins, proteins, and essential oils in organic fruits are superior to conventional fruits. Additionally, mono-unsaturated fats (healthy), bioactive (antioxidant functions) and polyphenols may be more abundant in organic foods. At monteblanco we believe that our organic fruit has a significantly better, more natural flavor with a fuller body and more natural aroma than conventional fruit. We achieve this “authentic quality” by carefully selecting our organic seeds, using only minimally required organic fertilizers and treatments. Additionally, we ensure to use proportional amounts of water and to ensure care of the surrounding environment.
"We strive to protect the habitats of the local birds and animals"
MonteBlanco understands that we have entered into a tacit pact with nature in which we are bound to care for our lands and, in turn, may reap its best fruits. We recognize that it is not enough to only apply ecological techniques to our growing land and processes but for long term sustainability we must also take stewardship of the overall environment surrounding our land. It is important in MonteBlanco that the “cycle of life”, around our farms, develops naturally, therefore animal fauna plays an important role. We strive to protect the habitats of the local birds and animals. Within our boundaries we work to maintain in the autochthonous flora. In addition to the our care of the growing fields, surrounding parcels are dedicated for planting and developing native trees that serve as a refuge for animals, while aiding the natural retention of water and moisture. It is only through a deep respect for our land and environment that we strive to nurture it and allow it to nurture us with its fruits.
Organic olive oil production at MonteBlanco
Vinegar and wine production