The Olive Oil & Wine Tour

FROM NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY

A half day tour that introduces you to the most important products of the area: olive oil and wine. It starts with a relaxing “olivewalk” inside the 13th century castle of Androusa, a visit at a local winery and at a modern and a traditional olive oil mill. The tour ends with a revealing olive oil tasting & wine workshop accompanied with small gourmet olive oil dishes and a traditional light meal.

Duration

About: 4 hours

Included

  • Positive vibes and many smiles (!)
  • English speaking, hostess, olive oil expert.
  • Visit at the castle of Androusa.
  • Visit at a local winery, demonstration of the production and tips about the quality standards
  • Wine tasting of 3 wine varieties.
  • Visit at a traditional Olive oil Press (mill) with 100 years of history.
  • Tour at a modern Olive oil Mill – demonstration of the olive oil production
  • Olive oil tasting workshop by experienced olive oil taster (member of certified olive oil tasting panel).
  • Professional Standards Olive oil Tasting of 4 different extra virgin olive oils
  • Food tasting of local Greek flavors and food pairing with extra virgin olive oil
  • Light meal with fresh vegetables from our garden, Greek Gruyère cheese, tzatziki, Kalamata olives, olive tapenade, lalagia (local breadsticks), smoked sausage, spinach pie etc.
  • Local Wine or Ouzo

Price

75€ /adult, 25 €/ children (3-16 years old)

Public (small group) tour up to 12 participants

Private tour (minimum 2 persons) 100€ /adult, 35 €/ children

Meeting Point the Castle of Androusa –

Google map location

Optional (additional cost charged)

  • Transport from/to your hotel (not included)

Highlights

  • Walk inside a Byzantine Castle with perennial olive trees.
  • Visit a local Winery and find out about the local wine production.
  • Taste 3 different wine varieties.
  • Travel in time at the 100 years old olive press factory (mill).
  • Learn about the quality and production of Extra Virgin olive oil at the modern Olive oil Mill
  • Feel like an olive oil taster, in an Olive oil tasting workshop with 4 different extra virgin olive oils by experienced olive oil taster (member of certified olive oil panel).
  • Enjoy a food tasting experience of Greek Mezedes (small dishes) and food pairing with olive oil.
  • Taste local fresh food

Read more details of the “Olive oil & Wine” tour

1

Explore the castle of Androusa

Our tour starts at the 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just 20 minutes drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messini. Walk inside the castle with the breathtaking view of the endless olive valley, learn about different varieties of olive trees and discover the history, the tradition and the mythical story of the castle’s olive trees…An interactive ”olive game” will keep you smiling the whole time!

2

Visit a local winery

Next, we visit a family winery, only 3 minutes drive away, to witness the production of the Greek wine varieties and taste at least 3 different wines. The aromas of Greek wine varieties surprise us!

3

Visit a traditional and a modern Olive oil Mill

In the center of Androusa village, visit a unique olive oil mill that is located there for more than 120 years. Discover the history of the traditional olive oil Mill and find out about the procedure of the extraction, the storage and standardization process of the extra virgin olive oil in the past and nowadays at the modern olive oil Mill.

4

Discover the quality of extra virgin olive oil in an olive oil tasting workshop!

Inside the traditional olive oil Mill the dining table is set with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses awaiting you to become a tasting expert! Taste the extra virgin olive oil of the Koroneiki variety, learn about its sensory characteristics and recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil. Taste different varieties of Greek extra virgin olive oil such us “Manaki”, “Chalkidikis”, “Makris” etc and feel like an olive oil taster!

5

Pair your food with extra virgin olive oil!

What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including yogurt, fruit and vegetables. You will be surprised!

6

Enjoy traditional “mezedes”

The day, full of emotions and new knowledge, ends with a variety of traditional dishes…Fresh vegetables from our garden, Greek Gruyère cheese, tzatziki, Kalamata olives, olive tapenade, lalagia (local breadsticks), smoked sausage, spinach pie and of course wine & ouzo.

the olive routes

Did you Know that the impressive 95% of the olive oil produced in Messinia is rated at the highest category of Olive oil, the Extra Virgin Olive oil catergory? The Olive Routes cannot wait to welcome you to the amazing olive world ....Open up. Taste. Feel!

Contact

 Androusa Messinias

theoliveroutes@gmail.com

Tel: +30 6937101215

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