Arol oil comes from one of the oldest oil producing areas in the world, Seville, in the south of Spain. It was the main supplier of oil to Rome and for centuries it lived an economic splendor thanks to this important liquid.
It was the greeks and phoenicians who were responsible for expanding the olive tree and the olive oil throughout the Mediterranean around the year 1.000 b.C. Afterwards, the romans took charge of their intensive cultivation, propagating them through the peninsula. Like this, Rome became the major importer of oil with spanish origin.
The roman mill, pulled by animals and called "molea olearia", meant the growth of spanish production, expanding the olive's fields especially in the valley of the Guadalquivir, an andalusian river from where the roman boats loaded of amphoras filled of olive oil went to Rome. With the conquest of Arabs in the eighth century, other varieties of olive trees arrived to Andalusia, from which the current denomination of origin appear.
The most part of production was dedicated to exports, and during the Middle Ages, the trade in olive oil and wool was the major revenues in Iberian Peninsula.
Today, Spain is still the country with more olive trees and more olive oil production in the world, that gives it the leading position as an exporting country ahead of Italy, Tunisia, Turkey and Syria.
Arol brings you all of this ancient culture, from its roots to your table.