San Rafael is an important production of olive oil and table olives instead. The Olive Route allows to visit plantations and factories and witness the production processes. In the city there are several families that are dedicated to producing olive oil of excellent quality, some with many years of experience and expertise. Manual harvest usually begins in April or May, and extends for about two months. That period is the ideal time to visit the establishments engaged in olive growing activity.
Yancanelo establishment is the oldest of San Rafael and the largest in the province. Zingaretti belongs to the family, it is located in Hipolito Yrigoyen 4030 and works since 1943. Its products are exported to many foreign countries, and are manufactured by Sinolea method. Among the varieties of olives used are the Arauco and chamomile (table) and the Frantoio and Empeltre (high performance oils).
Another important company dedicated to olive oil is Elaia, belonging to the Daniele Family. Located on National Route 144 km 674.5, its name comes from a Greek word that gave rise to the term “flutters” in Latin, it then led to “olive”. The variety is the Arbequina works in fifty acres that extend Cuadra Benegas. Sixties and younger olive plantations, high density and drip irrigation are combined.
As part of the tour, the factory Allolio is presented as an interesting option. It is located in the street Juan XXIII in 1820, and has over 60 years of experience in the business, winning several national and international awards.