At the beginning of 2007 Real Idanha acquired its 15 hectare farm in Idanha a Nova, initiating one of the first organic agriculture projects in Portugal. Between 2007-2014, they became known for their organic strawberry production at which point the company changed direction. In 2015 they decided to breed Merino sheep of the Beira Baixa region, to help revive the indigenous and endangered species, with fewer than 8,000 left. They also dedicated themselves to the production of organic olive oil from traditional olive groves, with the vision of sustainability and the good use of natural resources and traditional knowledge.
Being organic was never in question. To begin any kind of agriculture project in the twenty-first century without respect for nature, only for profit, simply was not an option. Since then the soil improvement is clearly evident. The animals are reared outside and are pasture fed until the correct age. This has proved to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of production.
Simultaneously, the municipality of Idanha a Nova has been promoting organic agriculture in several ways such as the allocation of land to organic projects and supporting companies to participate in professional fairs and events in each specific sector. An entirely new dynamic is emerging in the area which will have a big impact on the local economy. The creation of a council, combined with the largest area of organic production in the country, makes us feel we chose the right region. Real Idanha has established a partnership with Living Seeds Sementes Vivas, a biodynamic and organic seed company who settled in Idanha a Nova in 2015. From this arose the Egitania label of organic olive oil which has been well received and was introduced internationally at Biofach in 2017. Our aim is to continually improve our production, with respect for nature and to provide our customers with a high quality, natural product. We are Sativa certified/PT-BIO-03