Santa EugèniaSes Rotes is the family finca where we have the plantation. My great-grandfather, Gabriel Canyelles, bought it in the 1940s. The original finca was split between his two daughters, and one of the halves is what has come down to us today. It’s a 6-hectare upland finca beneath Mount Son Seguí, in Santa Eugènia (Mallorca), facing towards the Serra de Tramontana range. It has very stony red soil with a friable texture, well-drained, making it ideal for growing olive trees. We have 1,500 Arbequina and Koroneiki olive trees.
The Coll family has lived on this land for generations. Although historically grape vines and almond trees were the local plants, it is documented that on the Ses Rotes finca, where we have our olive trees, there were already olive trees growing there 200 years ago. In the 19th century those olive trees were replaced with grape vines. Grape vines continued to be grown on the finca until the phylloxera louse appeared in Mallorca, in around 1891, following which almond trees were grown instead, as in many other parts of Mallorca. By 2010 we had almond trees that were past their best, so we planted the first olive trees in their place. In 2011 we planted olive trees on the rest of the finca, and that launched us on our exciting new venture.