5 Reasons Why You Want To Have An Olive Oil Tasting In Greece
A staggering 60% of cultivated land in Greece is dedicated to producing olive oil. With approximately 130 million olive trees across the mainland and archipelago, Greece is the world’s third-largest olive oil producer, behind only Spain and Italy.
A visit to Greece is an opportunity to learn more about olive oil production, and to immerse yourself in the heralded ‘Mediterranean diet’ which it is built around. A tasting session is just one reason why Greece is the ultimate foodie destination.
We love to include olive oil tastings during our bespoke luxury tours – here are just five reasons why.
Discover the culture and history of olive oil in Greece
The olive tree has been central to Greek culture, and olives central to the Greek diet for over 5,000 years. A tasting session educates you not just in the end product, but the traditions and cultures forged over centuries which has brought it here.
Harvest dates are set to an exacting schedule. To ensure maximum freshness, the fruit is taken to the cold press within 24 hours of picking. Cold-pressed olive oil is natural, ancient process which results in the highest quality product.
The production of pure olive oil is usually a family affair. Our favorite producers can trace their craft back through multiple generations, and responsible for nurturing centuries-old olive groves.
Become an olive oil expert!
After your tasting, you’ll have a greater understanding of what makes an olive oil good – and how to use one. Having a more critical appreciation is invaluable in enjoying dishes throughout the Mediterranean – and back at home!
You’ll also be able to learn from an olive oil master and pick up outstanding produce along the way. There is so much incredible food and drink to sample throughout Greece, but with olive oil forming the backbone of all Greek dishes, a tasting session is the one experience you really can’t miss.
Looking for further inspiration? Check out our mouthwatering food and wine tours, or contact our dedicated Greece specialists today to start the ball rolling on your luxury tailor-made tour or small ship cruise.