Molino de Santa Ana y San Carlos Estate
The Molino de Santa Ana (Mill of Saint Ann) was built in 1896, and is situated in the fertile lands of the Campiña Cordobesa – the countryside of the Cordoba province in Andalusia. At the time of its construction, it was surrounded by olive trees and vines, and it became known as the “Modern Mill” due to the advanced technology that was then employed. We have recently changed the name of the Estate to honour the memory of our grandfather: Molino de Santa Ana y San Carlos (Mill of Saint Anne and Saint Charles).
Olive growing tradition
We are fully committed to the culture of olive oil, and we are heirs to an intangible family legacy: our ancestors’ devotion to the olive tree. Our maternal great-grandfather loved olive trees so much that he exchanged highly valuable estates for olive groves, embracing the symbolic meaning of a tree associated with the central concept of civilisation.
From the Estate, there is a wonderful view of the Castle of Almodóvar, which was linked to the Caliphate of Córdoba. At that time, great importance was attached to olive cultivation, so much so that fruit of the olive tree was accorded the status of “Cultural Asset”.
One step further
We brought in new varieties of olives to be cultivated on our land: the first arbequino trees in Andalusia, along with hojiblanco and picual. These young trees have adapted well to the terrain and now accompany the last vestiges of lechín trees to be found in the region, whose shape and size invite us to travel back through time. These century-old olive trees bear witness to the flavour that once prevailed in this area.
THE CULTIVADOS SUPPORT THOSE WHO WORK THE LAND AND THOSE WHO UPHOLD THE TRUE FLAVOURS OF FOOD.
The Cultivados are a group of artists and thinkers who interact spontaneously and whose artistic manifestations result from everyday experience. What does the Wisdom of Athena mean today? Our hallmark is the owl, and food is our foundation.
I. No matter what they do, the Cultivados are artists. They stand revealed by their enthusiasm for life. They exist in both essence and substance. Their profession arises from circumstance, it is never their destiny.
II. The Cultivados never surrender. They enrich the World with their daily artistic expressions, with their hard-working, good intentions.
III. The pace of the Cultivados is profound and unhurried. They live by their ethical commitment, both individual and collective.
IV. The Cultivados support those who work the land and those who uphold the true flavours of food.
V. The Cultivados seek inner happiness and the wisdom of life as a means of self-cultivation since they unite life and art in a single expression.
VI. The Cultivados delight in the beauty they find in the most unexpected places. They constantly strive to preserve the improvisation, audacity and joy which inspire their works of art.
VII. The Cultivados not only promise to breakfast with La Cultivada, but also to renew their Resolutions for Betterment during this delicious morning ritual.