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Olive Oil Tasting

(1 Review)
  • Mon Wed Fri
  • Guided
  • English
  • 3 hours
  • Small Groups
  • Transfer upon request

Rhodes Olive Oil Tasting

Join us for an unforgettable journey through the world of olive oil, where every drop tells a story of age-old traditions, meticulous craftsmanship, and the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean. Olive oil tasting involves sampling different varieties to appreciate their unique flavors, aromas, and qualities. It is especially popular in Rhodes due to the island’s extensive history of olive cultivation and production. This sensory exploration promises to deepen your appreciation for one of Greece’s most treasured culinary treasures. 

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Itinerary

The Setting

Our journey begins in Maritsa Village, nestled in the heart of Rhodes, a picturesque locale steeped in history and tradition. Known for its charming, narrow streets and whitewashed houses adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, Maritsa offers a quintessentially Greek experience. The village’s origins date back centuries, and its enduring legacy is evident in the well-preserved architecture and the timeless customs of its residents. Surrounded by lush olive groves and serene landscapes, Maritsa Village stands as a testament to Rhodes’ rich cultural heritage and the enduring allure of its rural beauty. 

The Experience

1. Arrival at Maritsa Village Olive Oil Mill

Your adventure starts in the traditional village of Maritsa, home to a historic olive oil mill established in 1927. Here, you’ll step into a world where history and modernity blend seamlessly, offering a glimpse into the evolution of olive oil production over nearly a century.

2. Comprehensive Olive Oil Production Tour

Begin with an enlightening tour of the olive oil mill. Learn about the life cycle of olive trees, from their growth and care to the meticulous harvesting process. Our expert guide will walk you through the intricate steps of olive oil production, unveiling the secrets that transform freshly picked olives into pure, golden olive oil. You will see the traditional methods alongside modern machinery, understanding how technology enhances but never replaces the authenticity of the process.

3. Tasting Session

After the tour, indulge in a curated tasting session. Sample a variety of Greek olives, each with a distinct flavor profile that reflects the diverse regions of Greece. Savor the purest extra virgin olive oil, renowned for its robust taste and health benefits. Discover oils infused with local herbs, offering a harmonious blend of flavors unique to Rhodes.

4. Live Olive Oil Quality Demonstration

Participate in a live demonstration where you will learn to assess the quality and acidity of olive oil. This interactive session will teach you how to identify the hallmarks of superior olive oil, ensuring you can make informed choices in the future.

5. Wine Tasting

Complement your olive oil experience with a tasting of homemade wine from our host’s private vineyard. Made from one of the oldest grape varieties in Greece, this wine offers a taste of history and tradition, perfectly paired with the flavors of the olive oils and pastes.

 

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What to Expect

  • Expect to sample a variety of olive oils, learn about their characteristics, and gain insights into production methods.
  • Participants will taste extra virgin, virgin, and herb-infused olive oils.
  • Experience also includes additionally olive and wine tasting
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Maria S.

Couple Traveller

My partner and I recently participated in the Olive Oil Tasting tour in Maritsa Village, and it was an unforgettable experience. From the moment we arrived, we were captivated by the village’s charming ambiance and rich history. The tour of the olive oil mill was both educational and fascinating, offering a deep dive into the traditional methods of olive oil production. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, making the entire process come alive.

The tasting session was a highlight, allowing us to sample a variety of exquisite olive oils and local olive pastes. The live demonstration on assessing olive oil quality was particularly enlightening. We also enjoyed the homemade wine tasting, which perfectly complemented the flavors of the olive oils. The warmth and hospitality of our hosts made us feel like part of the family.

May 14, 2024
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