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Melgarejo’s history

The mill has been evolving over the years. Since 1998 we have a new mill and a bottling plant with the latest technologies used today in the olive oil industry, all in an extension of one acre.

All this provides the excellent conditions of preservation and bottling we need, in order to offer the market a product of the highest quality.

It all began back in 1780 when our great-great-grandfather in facilities of 1,000 square meters and a machinery of the time, consisting of a millstone and a beam press, led to what today is one of the most prestigious and veteran olive oil companies of the area, in whose charge his granddaughter, and later their grandchildren, the current owners of the mill continued.

In order to follow the activity pursued for more than two centuries by our ancestors, our parents, Francisco Melgarejo and Juana Cordero, set up Aceites Campoliva, SL in 1995 and it is now in our hands to go on with the legacy that they left us.

The excellent quality of our oils comes from the unique conditions of climate and soil where we grow our olive trees. Our mill is located in Pegalajar (Jaén), where there are traces of settlement since prehistoric times. In the Muslim era, it was a border, being a mandatory crossing for those nations who lived across the Iberian Peninsula. This territory was also a place where they had a commercial activity and paid the taxes for their trading transactions. There is some documentation from that era which proves the Cuchillejo (the most important olive grove of our family) as the spot where those taxes were paid. Besides, there are some evidences that show the existence (back in the XV century) of one of the first olive mills in the area.

The mill has been evolving over the years. Since 1998 we have a new mill and a bottling plant with the latest technologies used today in the olive oil industry, all in an extension of one acre.

All this provides the excellent conditions of preservation and bottling we need, in order to offer the market a product of the highest quality.