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Olive Oil tour in Provence

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Olive Oil tour in Provence

We'll be staying in St. Remy de Provence for a week in July, and will have a car. Anyone know of any tour/open house type of thing where we could visit an olive grove and see how olive oil is made?

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1. Re: Olive Oil tour in Provence

As far as touring the groves is concerned, you can jsut stop by the side of the road pretty much anywhere in the Alpilles south of St. Remy, and hop out and walk around.

Going to a mill to watch the oil being produced won't work since the harvest is in the winter. There may be a few mills around where you could check out the equipment and read a few panels, but it won't be very exciting.

Alternatively, there is an old mill/museum just down the road from Gordes in the Luberon, where you can take a look at how they did it back in the day.

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2. Re: Olive Oil tour in Provence

In St Remy you may visit The Moulin du Calanquet

moulinducalanquet.fr/olive-oil/moulin-mill-m…

The only mill in St Remy.

You get to see the machine they use nowadays (the tasting area is located by the machine), a video explaining (in French..) and showing how the oil is done.

anne explains also how the oil was made in the old time and they spend plenty of time with you tasting the different oil, tapenade, and jam they are doing.

A place I higly recommend for its welcome.

Then in Les Baux you also have other nice alternative.

Hope this helps

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3. Re: Olive Oil tour in Provence

If you have an interest in olives and their oil have a look for the series of books by Carol Drinkwater.

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4. Re: Olive Oil tour in Provence

If you can extend to the Cote d'Azur there are a number of mills and the tourist offices offer a Olive Oil Trail map in the back country around Nice.

Some info here ...

frenchriviera-tourism.com/what-to-do/oil-mil…

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For all you olive oil enthusiasts - As I was nosing around among olive lore I just discovered that the olive oil mill in Castagniers has been in 'uninterrupted' operation since .... 1250 (!). And you can get bus number 76 there from Nice.

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7. Re: Olive Oil tour in Provence

We like to visit the Moulin Jean Marie Cornille in Maussane, not far from St. Remy. This is an olive oil coop producing excellent AOC olive oil (Vallée des

Baux de Provence). You can watch a movie about the making of the olive oil, see some of the equipment, and visit their a small shop. They offer samples of different olive oils, and you can buy oil and other products. I'd suggest combining a visit here with lunch in Maussane, which has lots of restaurants on a big square around a fountain.

http://www.moulin-cornille.com/v2/index.html

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8. Re: Olive Oil tour in Provence

In Nyons you could visit the olive-oil cooperative, where many local products are on display and available for purchase. Nyons olive oil has the appellation contrôlée designation; I really like that oil.

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