Acushla was born from the passion of a man, the strength of an emotion that would allow several generations from the same family to bond around the olive oil business.
The olive tree, by its beauty, spirituality, resistance and longevity, has always fascinated Joaquim Moreira, a fashion and textile entrepreneur, who, having spent most of his professional life in big metropolis, decided to cherish an alternative project strictly connected with nature. The initiative to take this path came from the need to “temper” the everyday life with a business connected to the land and the slower rhythm that it determines.
Acushla is a word of Celtic origin that means “beat of my heart”. The name choice arose from the search for a single expression able to translate the whole concept and emotion associated with this project which has materialized in 2006.
Quinta do Prado is located in Vila Flor, Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro region. With 14 acres of centenarian olive trees and 200 acres of new olive trees, has in total approximately 70.000 olive trees. When maturity is reached the expected production of olive oil will be around 350.000 litres, making it one of the largest organic production areas in the region of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.
Being the environmental concern and sustainability one of the cornerstones of Acushla, we have elected organic farming that complies with the European and American legislation. The farming techniques respect the natural life cycles and reduce environmental impact and some slow and expensive procedures, mainly the maintenance of the fertilization of the soils and the respect for phytosanitary and fertilization principles.
Acushla mill is the first in Portugal to achieve FSSC 22000 certification (Food Safety System Certification), one of the highest international standards in food safety.