Where the farmer lives
You will learn about extra virgin olive oil from its roots, on an easy walk through the countryside, woods and olive groves surrounding the farmhouse. Through the colours, scents and sounds of the countryside, we will reach the oldest olive grove and, after admiring the hundred-year-old olive trees, we will return to the olive oil mill for our tasting.
There, you will learn about the history of the old farmhouse where the olive oil mill is located: through our stories, you will be introduced to the biological techniques that we use in the farm and you will visit the olive oil mill, going into the olive oil extraction process and conservation techniques.
We will end the experience in our renovated tasting room where history, tradition and innovation meet.
We will start together the guided tasting course using the official tasting technique, which will take us to taste four different types of extra virgin olive oil, to train your sense of smell and taste, in order to better perceive their flavours and characteristics.
For children accompanied by parents, the experience is free.
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The Food Expert: we run a small but prestigious olive oil mill, located in an ancient stone farmhouse that has been present since the 1700s in the Illasi Valley, at the foot of the Lessini Mountains in the province of Verona. The olive grove extends in the high hills, among native cultivars of Leccio, Grignano, Favarol, Maurino, Moraiolo and Casaliva. Our olive trees are age-old, sumptuous and proud, with robust roots that are witnesses to the passage of centuries. A thousand trees that we have been growing one by one as if they were our daughters. We are among the olive growers of the national Slow Food Presidium for Italian extra virgin olive oil.
|Where||Illasi, Verona – 50 min from Lake Garda and 70 min from Venice|
|When||on Saturday and Sundays – duration 2 hours|
||from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. – flexible start time by agreement with the Expert|
|Language||Italian, English and Spanish|
||We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing|
|What’s not included
Price per person: € 25,00
Cancellation policy: all bookings can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.
What to remember: the Expert will respond within 24 hours. No amount will be charged to the card.
We run a small but prestigious olive oil mill, located in an ancient stone farmhouse that has been present since the 1700s in the Illasi Valley, at the foot of the Lessini Mountains in the province of Verona, a valley surrounded by olive trees that alternate with vineyards and woods full of natural presences.
Among these hills, the climatic and soil conditions are particularly favourable to the cultivation of olive trees: the substratum of fossil marl and sandstone, the absence of invasive urban settlements and the closed form of the Valley, which maintains constant temperatures throughout the year, create in fact the ideal environment for the production of high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
For a farm decision, we have been growing our olive trees without using synthetic products since 2001. In this way, we take care of our olive trees respecting nature, in order to produce a well-balanced extra virgin olive oil. The olive grove extends in the high hills, among native cultivars of Leccio, Grignano, Favarol, Maurino, Moraiolo and Casaliva. Our olive trees are age-old, sumptuous and proud, with robust roots that are witnesses to the passage of centuries. A thousand trees that we have been growing one by one as if they were our daughters.
The olives are harvested by hand, cooled in a refrigerated space and then pressed within eight hours in the olive oil mill inside the farm. We produce four types of extra virgin olive oil for different dishes: white meat, red meat and vegetables, and a Veneto Valpolicella extra virgin olive oil PDO (EU protected designation of origin), all characterised by different sensations and flavours and obtained from different olive varieties. Since December 2018, we have been among the olive growers of the national Slow Food Presidium for Italian extra virgin olive oil.