Private: Olive Oil tasting (outdoor)

Pigi, Greece

Experience hosted by Aspassia

  1. 3 hours
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What you'll do

An outdoor olive oil tasting experience, a walk, and a discussion in the midst of a 2000-year-old monumental olive grove.
We explore the heritage and art of olive trees and olive oil in Greek life over the centuries, considering their significance in the mythology, history, culture, and cuisine of ancient and modern Cretan civilization.
Our stroll through the peaceful olive grove resembles a walk in the holy Gethsemane Garden, with its ancient olive trees. Both groves are full of the myths, flavors, and aromas of olive oil that have endured from Minoan times to the present. The beauty of the landscape makes our experience a lasting memory.
We discuss olive oil quality, the olive harvest, olive oil production, and olive oil’s health benefits. We learn about the Cretan Diet and find out how extra virgin olive oil became the most important component of a new, healthy lifestyle.
Learning how to taste olive oil according to the official tasting method, we taste four different high quality extra virgin olive oils, noticing the variations in aroma and flavor among the four varieties. Our tasting table is right under the olive trees.
In the last part of the tasting session, an olive oil-food pairing activity, we observe the way different types of olive oil go well with certain foods. We savor the amazing result after adding an excellent extra virgin olive oil that transforms a dish’s flavors. Hints about how to store, select, bake, and cook – even fry -- with olive oil will be shared.
An outdoor olive oil tasting experience, a walk, and a discussion in the midst of a 2000-year-old monumental olive grove.
We explore the heritage and art of olive trees and olive oil in Greek life over the centuries, considering their significance in the mythology, history, culture, and cuisine of ancient and modern Cretan civilization.
Our stroll through the peaceful olive grove resembles a walk in the holy Gethsemane Garden, with it…

What's included

  • Food
    • A welcoming “meze” (appetizer plate) with local cheese, olives, tradition...
  • Drinks
    Tsikoudia (raki, a traditional Cretan alcoholic drink), water

Meet your Host, Aspassia

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 41 Reviews
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My motherland, Crete, has produced the liquid gold of olive oil for centuries, using many of the same simple methods over time. After studying in France and working on European projects as an economist in Athens, I moved to Crete in 2009. Here I found the simple way of life, Cretan hospitality, a paradise on earth, my husband and my daughter. Now, I work for the Region of Crete (the local government) in the Agrifood sector.
Having fallen in love with the Cretan landscape, the flavor of extra virgin olive oil, and the ancient olive trees, I started learning about olive oil quality in 2013. As this became my passion, I attended seminars and tasting sessions. In 2019, I started the “Oliving in Crete” project, offering olive oil tours and tastings in monumental olive groves. My goal is to present olive oil not as a merely local product, but as a part of Greek culture and history. In that way, I wish to connect the high quality olive oils of Crete, the way to explore the correct taste and olive oil value with the place you visit!
My motherland, Crete, has produced the liquid gold of olive oil for centuries, using many of the same simple methods over time. After studying in France and working on European projects as an economist in Athens, I moved to Crete in 2009. Here I found the simple way of life, Cretan hospitality, a paradise on earth, my husband and my daughter. Now, I work for the Region of Crete (the local government) in the Agrifood sector.
Having fallen in love with the Cretan landscape, the flavor of ext…
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Where you'll be

Our experience takes place in the village of Pigi, 8 km from the city of Rethymno on the way to Arkadi Monastery. With an area of 10.000 square meter, the venue is one of the largest monumental olive groves in the Mediterranean region. We will walk right up to olive trees that are more than 2000 years old. The local olive variety (Hondrolia) is endangered, but the sculptural trees that have survived make this olive grove a living museum of nature’s artwork.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 41 reviews.

Sandro
December 2021
This is a wonderful experience. You can feel the passion for tradition and the world of Olive oil that Aspassia has. We really felt welcome, she prepared an amazing tasting in the middle of a wonderful orchard. We had fun and at the same time the tasting was really informative and interesting. Aspassia has deep knowledge and she can give answers to every question. We had an amazing time with her! I recommend this experience 100%
Snehal
November 2021
We had a great time with Aspassia! Location was magical and enchanting, the information was so educational, and Oliver the cat was the other star of the show! Aspassia is a great host with a lot of knowledge and passion for the subject, and we are so glad to have made an hour drive from Chania to visit her orchard. Highly recommend if you are into food, nature, and experiences.
Sabine
November 2021
We enjoyed the time at an beautiful, old olive grove. We learned a lot about Olive trees and Olive oil. Aspassia was a great host and brought different olive oils to taste and very delicious food.
Kelsey
November 2021
This was a lovely experience while in Crete. The surrounding area was beautiful and tranquil, the food was delicious, Aspassia was very knowledgeable. A great little day trip while on holiday!
Cassandra
November 2021
This is an amazing experience!! The location! The food! The detailed insight into the history of Olives, the tradition, the use over time and the tasting was really cool. The little plates were prepared with amazing attention to detail with the flavor combinations and the locality of the ingredients.
Jorel
October 2021
Superbe expérience de dégustation en plein milieu d’une oliveraie centenaire. Aspassia est amoureuse de son terroir et de ses oliviers et cela se ressent à travers ses explications. Nous recommandons !

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Guest requirements

Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.