trees can live for over a thousand years, and all over Spain
there are trees of many varieties which were living and bearing
fruit when Christopher Columbus set sail for America in 1492.
Avelino Veá, renowned Patron of the House of VEÁ
and producer of L'Estornell and Lérida Veá olive
oils, has searched for 500 year old trees to produce this superb
extra-virgin oil. The age of the trees is authenticated by reference
to local records and family-archives.
Avelino Veá is therefore
offering a strictly limited edition product which will be
presented in hand-crafted glass 'taberna' decanters, of the
kind used throughout Spain during Columbus' lifetime. Each
decanter comes complete with a glass stopper, and is decorated
with specially designed labels.
Every case, and every decanter, will be numbered. Each case
contains six decanters, packed in individual gift boxes produced
in Spain using Galician pine - a magnificent and unusual presentation
fully worthy to celebrate the historic voyage of Christopher
Columbus from Spain to America 500 years ago.
The extra-virgin olive oil itself
is of outstanding quality, color and flavor - perfect in extra-special
salad dressings and in recipe dishes which depend on the authentic
flavor and qualities of first-class, extra-virgin olive oil
for their essential character.
Columbus's three ships - the Flagship
Santa Maria; the 'Pinta' and the 'Niña' made up the
first recorded European expedition to cross the Atlantic Ocean
in warm or temperate latitudes. The expedition was financed
by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, and by Luis
de Santángel, keeper of the Royal Exchequer, who was
largely instrumental in securing the support of the Spanish
The King and Queen paid Columbus'
crews and provided his ships, no doubt stocking them with
abundant supplies of olive oil - much of it, possibly, from
the very same trees that have yielded this special bottling