In ancient times, we conceded our lands in sharecropping, until our fourth grandfather D. Juan de los Rios and Mateos, helped by his son D. José Fantoni and Solis-Beaumont, decided to grow them directly, becoming a true champion of modern agriculture. In the last third of the nineteenth century, D. Juan brought Arcos de la Frontera, the most advanced agricultural machinery of his time.
For 150 years we cultivate with care and dedication, our farms in Arcos de la Frontera, La Cantarera and the Tower of Zapata. These modern farms of beet, wheat, sunflower, cotton, corn, chickpeas etc, were described in the past, as model farms, for our good work and the high quality of their products.
Alfonso de Valenzuela at the beginning of the new pomegranates plantation.
At least one hundred years ago, our Vega del Drago estate, located between the Majaceite and Guadalete rivers, just before the confluence of both in the Junta de los Ríos, is surrounded by enclosure, by many wild pomegranates, which suggested that if they were born spontaneously, it was their ideal habitat.
The choice was not difficult, since both for its floodplain, its Guadalcacín water of high quality and endowment, rising winds that act as a pesticide and its large number of hours of sun, we were clear that if we worked here as usual in handling, we would produce high quality ecological pomegranates.
On February 1, 2015 and after several years of maturation, we opted for a new project called Arcos Pomeg, with the illusion that the Arcos pomegranates were once again as reputed, as they were in ancient times and that our Arcos Pomeg were identified among the best ecological pomegranates, produced in the EEC.
Our product - the ACCO variet
After trying other early and late varieties, we decided that the many hours of sunshine and the abundant rains in the area from October, conditioned us to be an early variety. Several tested, both for its color, for its productivity, and for the excellent calibers achieved, we bet everything on the Acco variety, and so far we believe that we have succeeded. We think that she is the new queen of the pomegranates, and that in the future she will be liked by many old and new consumers, enjoying a very good taste balance.
Our way of cultivating - an organic crop
From the beginning, we made a double enclosure of the enclosures, both mesh and Casuarina trees, to protect the plantation from the winds. We also perform ridging for better plant health, preventing waterlogging. We provide the pomegranates with steel tutors for a better support of the trunks and their main branches.
A first plantation of 4 hectares in 2015 and a second one of 13.5 hectares in 2016, seemed to us an adequate dimension to start, but without giving up continuing to plant in the future.
For proper tree growth, we carry out conventional cultivation until the age of three. On September 1, 2.018, we registered all exploitation in organic farming, and for this we began to be advised by engineers with extensive knowledge of the organic farming of pomegranate.
Since 2017, we have four hectares of double T, similar to Epsylon structure used in Israel, with strong material that allows the tree give more fruit, and that is causing us great feelings, inviting us to think that the best quality is achieved by this way.
Since this year, we have the Global GAP Certificate.
Since 2.018 the whole farm has padded mesh, a condition that we see necessary to carry out a proper ecological cultivation, since the tall herbs that grow in this valley, are submitted without any herbicide and without having to carry out other tasks , which in many cases end up damaging tree trunks.
Every day we investigate what is the best agronomic management that requires the organic cultivation of pomegranate, depending on the peculiarities of our farm, being a constant in our work.