Suzie’s world-beating olive oil and vinegars

BRITISH expat Susie Taylor has scooped up numerous, coveted food awards for her Andalucian-inspired products.

And Susie, from Oxford, who created Fino Olive Oil, has this year won two prizes at the UK Great Taste Awards, said to be the world’s largest and most trusted of its kind, for her dark and white balsamic vinegars.

The foodie entrepreneur uses produce from the heart of Cordoba to create her award-winning, gold-star balsamics.

Both the white and dark vinegars, made from the Pedro Ximenez grape, are “skilfully produced by masters in their field”, at the historic but modest Bodegas Navarro, in Montilla.

Secrets of their wine-making expertise have been handed down from generation to generation, since 1830.

Susie started her Spanish adventure, and a new life, in 2003 in Casarabonela, Malaga, soaking up the culture with her partner and three children.

After mastering the language, she bought 30 acres of land, which included a large cow barn and olive trees, and was, eventually, able to secure planning permission to transform the barn into their dream home.

And that’s where her love of olives was born. She started olive-picking with locals to create the “village olive oil”, which would then be pressed at the “co-operativa del pueblo”, before being drizzled across villagers’ dinner plates.

In 2016, Suzie sold the house. But she has been able to keep strong ties with Casarabonela by selling olive oil, produced in the village where she had “such happy times”.


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