Our story, the origin of a name
It was in 1743 that our ancestor Antonio Santaella went into service as a baker for the Marquises of Estepa. He was later put in charge of stocking the larder of the palace alongside the famous Don Juan Martínez de Baños, who years later would be in the post of Gentleman of the King’s Table to King Charles III, when his lord, the Marquis of Estepa, Juan Bautista Centurión, was awarded the key of Gentleman of the King’s Chamber, as reflected in the documentation of bundle 5524 in the section Councils from the National History Archive and others from the Royal Archives.
With the disappearance of manor estates in the first half of the 19th century our family acquired the former mill and bakery which was used as a school and model for the new bakeries of the different branches of the Santaella family. Now, over 250 years later and still using wood ovens, their descendants are still proud to maintain the tradition of this noble trade and art.
As for us, as well as the small mantecado cakes, small imperial polvorón cakes, sponge cakes, puff pastries and many other delights coming out of our wood oven, we still hand down the passion for our profession to our children. Since studying with the best master chocolatiers in Switzerland and France, after unforgettable stays with the family of Maurice Bernachon (supplier to the Elysée) and Paul Bocuse, we have been making our own chocolates and are now the only chocolate factory still existing in Andalusia and one of the few traditional workshops in Spain to produce directly from cocoa beans.