L’oli d’oliva verge extra Clos de la Torre, produced by Oleícola de l’Empordà, has started in market in Japan. The company, located in Rabós d’Empordà, has closed an agreement with a gourmet product distribution company in Tokyo to export its product. The company expects that once the bet is consolidated, this new market will represent 30% of its exports. The manager of Clos de la Torre, Martí Clos, assures that Japan “is one very interested market for the culture of olive oil and who appreciates the attributes of the product.”
Until now Clos de la Torre was present in northern European countries, such as Denmark and the United Kingdom, and also in the United States, through the luxury food chain Zingerman’s Delicatessen from Michigan. In 2019, the oil from this small Empordà winery was introduced to the Middle East through contacts with firms in Dubai and Doha to export the product and also to the Philippines and Singapore. Currently, it works for also export to central Europe, in countries such as Austria and Germany. “Our most immediate goals are to consolidate and expand our international distribution and to make some contacts that we are working on to be able to open markets in other countries to fruition,” the manager explains.
Oleícola de l’Empordà produces three types of oils (high range, local and organic), as well as green and black olives. Clos de la Torre oil is produced exclusively from the harvest of olives from the company’s farms located in Garriguella, Rabós d’Empordà, Espolla and Peralada.
It is a very fruity and balanced oil that is handcrafted with three varieties of olive: argue (native of the Empordà), picual (of Andalusian origin) i crusher (native of Italian Tuscany). And it is packaged in dark glass bottles and metal cans to protect it from light.
The company, owned by a family with an olive tradition in the Empordà, began its modern career 27 years ago; its manager represents the fourth generation. In 2011, a cellar was built in Rabós d’Empordà with facilities that allow the product to be produced in an artisanal way. The company invoiced nearly 300,000 euros last year.
An award-winning oli
Clos de la Torre extra virgin olive oil has accumulated a large number of awards and recognitions. It obtained on several occasions the Prestige Gold, one of the highest awards at the TerraOlivo international competition, in Jerusalem (Israel), which keeps it among the best oils in the world. He also received the Silver Medal at the “Concours International des Huiles d’Olive du Monde Les Olivalies”, in Cannes (France). The French competition Les Olivalies is organized by La Unió des Œnologues de France and its objective is to highlight the existing complementarity between the cultivation of the vine and the olive tree and to recognize those olive oils with high quality.
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