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Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

Product ID: 212901
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Open up to the true taste of Messinia. Visit the perennial olive trees and olive oil mill, join an olive oil tasting session by a certified taster, taste local olive based goods and feel the passion for olive oil, nature, tradition and Greek gastronomy.
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Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the perennial olive trees and learn more about Greek olive traditions
  • Visit an olive oil mill and learn about the production of extra virgin olive oil
  • Join an olive oil tasting session led by an expert taster
  • Combine olive oil with at least 4 different plates and make your own olive taste combinations
  • Taste local olive based products, such us kalamata olives, olive paste, lalaggia, sfela, and smoked ham (pasto)
Full description
Start your small group tour at the arranged meeting point: the magnificent 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene. Begin with beautiful olive walks to provide as an overview of the amazing olive groves of Messinia. Witness the olive trees as the guide tells you about the history, the tradition, and the mythical stories of the castle olive trees.

The olive grove is the next visit. Walk though the groves and marvel the perennial olive trees. Learn about the different varieties of olive trees in the area and discover the story of the Messinian land as recorded on the stems. In the center of Androusa Village, visit a unique olive oil press and mill, located there for more than 120 years. The fifth generation owner will explain the procedure of extraction, the storage, and standardization process of extra virgin olive oil.

Next, join a tasting session, where a dining table is filled with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses ready for you to try. Taste the extra virgin olive oil of 'Koroneiki' variety and learn about its organoleptic characteristics. Learn to recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil. Taste different varieties of Greek extra virgin olive oil, such us 'Manaki', 'Xalkidikis', 'Mavroelia', and evaluate their flavours. What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including fruit, gourmet small dishes, as well as tzatziki, kalamata olives, olive paste, lalagia, pasto (smoked ham) and local cheeses. Enjoy a unique experience in the historic olive groves, and learn about the history, the soul, the tradition, and the gastronomy of Messinia.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Olive oil tastings
  • Food tastings, including small plates with local olive based goods
  • Expert local tour leader
  • Certified olive oil taster
  • All taxes
  • Photos from your tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

We meet outside the castle of Androusa, on the main road!

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• The meeting point is reachable by car or taxi, a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene
• You are welcome to visit the famous archaeological sites after the tour, on your own

From US$ 65.13 per person

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THE OLIVE ROUTES

Product ID: 212901