The beauty of grapeseed oil

«Our grapeseed oil is a high-quality by-product of the wine production in the oldest winery in Europe, the Salenegg Castle in the canton of Graubünden»

Sandra, Founder SHEA YEAH

A highly potent ingredient

Grapeseed oil is one of the most valuable Swiss oils with a very long tradition. Its unbeatable effect was already known in the Middle Ages. Originally it was used for abrasions and cracked skin. The oil was simply drizzled onto the affected areas. This often underestimated «miracle oil» contains a very special combination of ingredients that is unique in its effectiveness.
With its high content of tocopherols and polyphenols, it has an exceptionally strong antioxidant, cell membrane protecting effect. Grapeseed oil is a light oil, is quickly absorbed and is ideal for the care of problem skin. The high content of linoleic acid counteracts cornification and serves as an excellent moisturiser. Normal, dry and mature skin also benefits from the valuable properties of this oil. Grapeseed oil is an insider tip and allrounder for healthy, natural skin care for young and old.

The source

A castle below the famous mountain world of Heidi and Peter. Maienfeld in the canton Graubünden, home of the oldest winery in Europe, Salenegg Castle. However, the castle has taken a different name for the journey through history: «Prestenegg». In 950 the Prior of Pfäfers-Abbey commissioned the construction of «Prestenegg». Compared to the opposite side of the valley, Maienfeld is blessed with a lot of sunshine and from then on served the monastery brothers as a solar pendant to relieve and cure «Presten», i.e. so-called ailments such as gout and rheumatism. The long and exciting history of today’s castle Salenegg had its beginning.
SHEA YEAH works closely with the castle and obtains its grapeseed oil fresh from the press.

The extraction of the kernels

The production of grapeseed oil is relatively costly: 1 vine woman passes the same vine up to 9 times during the season (May to October) about 12 hectares near Salenegg Castle. In order to extract 1 litre of oil from the grapes, about 50 kilograms of seeds are required, which are obtained from 2 tonnes of Pinot Noir grapes.

First of all, the grapes are pressed, which means pressed. The squeezed juice can be sold as grape juice or, as in the castle of Salenegg, is processed into wine. The remaining residue after pressing is called marc. It contains the grape skin, stems and seeds. This is sieved to produce the oil so that only the seeds remain. In a further step, the remaining grapeseeds are dried and stored until they are completely dry. The last step includes the oil pressing itself. Virgin grapeseed oil, as it is pressed at castle Salenegg, has a characteristic nutty, slightly fruity taste and a typical light green colour. As with unrefined shea butter, the gentle method of production preserves the ingredients such as vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

Sustainable cycle – Upcycling

SHEA YEAH tries to use resources sparingly wherever possible. The oil is extracted from a waste product, i.e. a plant for oil production is not cultivated. The use of so-called by-products, also known as co-products or byproducts, is very gentle on the environment. If you take a look at the entire life cycle assessment of a product, it becomes clear that approx. 90% of the environmental pollution is caused by the production of raw materials and the packaging accounts for approx. 1%.

The difference

The quality of grapeseed oil varies similarly to that of wine or olive oil. They all consist of a single natural component. However, the origin, the processing methods and the knowledge of how to produce them are very different. In the case of grape seed oil, the grapes also play a role. It can be obtained from light, dark or mixed grapes. There are therefore significant differences in quality between different grapeseed oils.

Castle Salenegg, our partner for the grapeseed oil in Maienfeld, Switzerland