From Olives to Oil

Summary

Live the olive harvest experience in Monopoli countryside with local farmers. Let’s pick olives and then make oil together

Puglia the harvest time starts at the beginning of November, when there’s the opening of oil mills, and it continues till the end of December. From olives picked in this period it is made the best extra virgin oil with 0 acidity or something more.

In our countryside, where there are thousands of centuries-old olive trees, the harvest time is often a festival for families and friends who use it to meet and enjoy the time together. A party atmosphere that we would like to share with you. Riding a mountain bike or by a minibus, you will arrive in a field of very old olive trees nearby a large farm built during the Sixteenth century, where you will pick olives using different techniques with local farmers. During the day you will have a light lunch with typical Apulian products and everything you need to live an authentic and comfortable experience.

In the afternoon we will take the picked olives to a local oil mill, where you will see the modern techniques that we use to make oil and then taste the extra virgin oil just made. Finally you will receive bottles or tins of extra virgin oil made by the olives that you picked during the day, as a nice souvenir of this authentic experience in Monopoli countryside with local farmers.

What's Included

  • Transfer by car or minivan
  • Harvest experience
  • Guide in English
  • Light lunch and tasting of typical Apulian products (focaccia, bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil, wine, snacks)

Location Information

The tour starts and finishes in Via Porto n. 8 in Monopoli old town

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ActivityReviews

  1. Gayle

    Wednesday 20th March, 2019
    My husband and I really wanted to get up close to some of Puglia's ancient olive trees and we certainly chose the right team to help us do that. We spent a wonderful morning with Antonella in beautiful countryside just outside Monopoli. She told us all about the trees themselves, the harvesting of the olives and the production of the oil. Antonella was knowledgeable about the subject, passionate about her region and just a lovely person to spend a few hours with. We had a great experience!

  2. Karen

    Wednesday 12th September, 2018
    Antonella guided us through beautiful olive groves, underground churches, ancient olive oil presses, botanical gardens with crazy dogs; speaking knowledgeably and engagingly and not minding at all that my husband and I kept flipping between English and our attempts at Italian. A wonderful 4 hours finished with the delights of samples of produce from her shop. Fantastico- gracie mille xxx