In the municipality of Valverde del Fresno, in the Sierra de Gata mountains in Cáceres, sits our farming estate called Cigüeña Negra, a remote paradise with over 220 hectares of olive and holm oak trees that have remained practically the same for centuries. Our cattle and pigs are raised among the hillocks, following nature’s rhythm, while sheep graze in symbiosis with the olive grove where the fruit ripens before it’s picked to produce aromatic organic extra virgin olive oil. A sustainable landscape that lasts and feeds.
The Sierra de Gata mountains are home to Medieval villages with stone houses, squares and archways. Shepherd huts scattered across the vast holm oak woods on the dehesa. Rolling mountains that link Castile and Extremadura, Spain and Portugal. Woods populated by chestnut, oak and juniper trees, the hiding place for wild boars, foxes, roe deer and hares. Skies circled by vultures, herons, eagles, red kites, falcons and, of course, the black stork, a singular, graceful and shy bird that has become our icon. And nights bursting with stars that make the Sierra de Gata sky one of the cleanest in Europe.
Just like some migratory birds, certain dreams have to cross the sea to grow. Like the Hábitat Cigüeña Negra dream, an olive and farming project that hatched on the island of Ibiza and built its nest here, in the Sierra de Gata mountains. Because the Roselló family’s passion for meat has been in their blood ever since grandpa Vicente opened his first butcher’s shop in San Antonio, Ibiza, in 1965.
A passion that was passed on to the second and third generations and shows in our excellent Iberian acorn-fed hams and our beef that comes from crossing the Retinta and Wagyu cattle breeds. Extensive farming feeds us and feeds the life cycle of our dehesa. Also, we have the support of agricultural engineer Iván Payo Barroso, who, using organic techniques, recovered nearly 50 hectares of olive grove which we’d found completely abandoned and now produce our organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil under the Cigüeña Negra label.
In 2021, after a decade of hard work, our project culminated in the opening of our country house hotel, with a steakhouse and hammam to make a cosy haven in the middle of the dehesa which we hope will make you feel at home. While you inhabit it.