Specialises in the production of “tortas de aceite” and traditional confectionery products.
This family-owned company specialises in the production of “tortas de aceite” and traditional confectionery products, based on the Mediterranean diet. Upita de los Reyes products are characterised by the quality of their raw materials: extra virgin olive oil, 100% pure honey, Condado de Huelva PDO wine, spices and natural flavourings.
Although the company was founded in the mid-19th century, its products follow the pre-existing traditional recipes. Its history is marked by Upita, the grandmother of the current owners, who handed down her recipes to her son Miguel de los Reyes and his wife Luisa Millán, enabling them to continue the family business. It is now a private company owned by Upita’s five granddaughters.
Their hand-made products are enjoyed by people the world over. Due to growing demand, the original workshop was relocated to new premises within Castilleja de la Cuesta. Its wide range of products includes tortas de aceite made with extra-virgin olive oil cakes in different varieties (almond, rosemary and Seville orange); honey-drizzled “pestiño”; “cortadillo” pastries filled with citron, caramelised egg yolk or sweet potato; exquisite “bizcochadas”, hand-wrapped chocolate madeleine, and Grandmother Upita’s sponge cakes. At special times, such as Lent and Easter, the company makes traditional “torrijas de miel” or “roscos de manta”. For Christmas, it produces hand-made almond, cinnamon, lemon and chocolate “polvorones”. The company also makes fine pastries, cakes and other baked goods.
Upita de los Reyes’ bakery has been a fixture at Castilleja de la Cuesta since they opened 25 years ago. The shop, located in the centre of town (111 Calle Real), offers its full range of products.
The tour provides an understanding of the manufacturing ritual of the “tortas de aceite”, which includes baking and hand-wrapping. It gives a deep insight into how its range of products is produced according to an ancestral tradition of Castilleja de la Cuesta.