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Castillo de Canena is named for the family’s castle, which is situated in the hills of Canena. The Castle of Canena was converted to a palace from a fortress for the Calatrava Order in 1538 by Francisco de los Cobos, Secretary to Charles V who sometimes stayed in the repurposed castle. Its extensive history has resulted in The Castle of Canena being declared a national monument by Spain. The region’s history with olive oil is even older than the castle, with olive oil playing a leading role in the culture and economy of Spain’s Jaén Province for over 3000 years. With such a long history for both the castle and region’s olive oil heritage, and the almost 300 year history of Castillo de Canena, founded in 1780, the family is able to draw from the heritage of such a history-rich region and regional practice to produce exceedingly high quality extra virgin olive oil from their olives that have been harvested from Castillo de Canena’s family-owned olive trees. With such deep roots in the region, the Castillo de Canena family makes sure to oversee every aspect of the production process in order to ensure that the oil going into every bottle accurately captures the rich history that led to its production while providing an exceptional olive oil experience.