Explore the Olive Taste in Messinia
Educational olive tour and tasting in Ancient Messene
If Greece had a symbol that would be the Olive tree…If Greece had a taste it would be fruity and spicy as fresh extra virgin olive oil…
Follow us in Messinia, the heart of Olive oil and experience through a fun and informative interactive olive oil tour with games and storytelling adjusted to your children’s ages, the authentic taste of Greece.
Start your family tour at the magnificent 13th century castle of Androussa, located in the heart of Messinia, just a 20-minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene. Begin with beautiful olive walks… Witness the olive trees and play with them! Discover the history, the tradition, and the mythical stories of the olive trees.
The olive grove is your next visit. Walk through 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 Androussa Village, visit a unique olive oil 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 an interactive tasting session, by certified olive oil taster, taste extra virgin olive oil of different varieties, recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil and feel like an olive oil expert!
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.
Ideal for families with children of all ages.
Period of operation: Harvesting olives from perennial trees from mid-November to January, Olive grove tour from March to October
Duration: 4 hours