Finca Montealegre is our flagship farm. It has been part of our family since the 1990s and is located in a beautiful setting, surrounded by other small farms producing avocados, mangos, lemons and grapes, among other crops. Rainfed agriculture has always predominated in this area, but thanks to the proximity of the Sierra Tejeda and the water from its springs, some farms with a less pronounced relief have been gradually transformed into irrigated land.
Situated nearby is Cómpeta, a small village characterised by its authentic feel and friendly inhabitants. It still boasts traditional whitewashed houses and is part of the 'Sol y Vino' tourist itinerary, thanks to its culture related to the production of sweet wine and raisins.
We have other farms spread across the Axarquía region, also cultivated according to European organic farming regulations. This means that we manage the land sustainably, taking into consideration the fertilisation of the plants, the management of possible pests and diseases, the contribution of organic matter from the pruning remains of trees, and the use of a brush cutter to control the grass.
We have a drip irrigation system to guarantee optimal water consumption, which we calibrate depending on the time of the year, taking advantage of the rains in winter and our reservoir in summer.
Our family works on the farm, assisted by workers who help us pick the fruit, prune, graft and fertilise the trees. Each time of the year calls for a different type of care, so we organise ourselves to make sure that each farm receives the attention that the crop demands. The workers are locals who have been trained by our team and have been with us for years. Their work is really important because the fruit yielded depends on the care of each tree. That's why we fully focus on their needs and personal circumstances, always attempting to ensure job stability so that they can stay with us for many years.
At Montealegre, the harvests begin just when the fruit ripens. Beforehand, we check different parameters that determine the quality of our fruit and we plan the harvest to ensure that the deliveries are sent out the following day.
We don't consider fruit to be bad due to its appearance and we only remove pieces that aren't suitable for consumption because they're rotten or overripe. The rest ends up in your boxes, as they're all fruits that retain their flavour and properties.