Olive Oil Tastings
We have been raised in the olive groves. Olive oil has always been part of our life. We just love everything about it. And we want to share this love of ours with you!
Join one of our olive oil tasting experiences and delve deep into the magical world of olive oil and Cretan gastronomy.
The Olive Grove Tour
A tour for those who want to experience the atmosphere of an olive grove with centuries-old olive trees.
We will start by walking around in our olive grove, explaining everything about the history of olive and olive oil in Crete, the olive cultivation and the special practices we apply at Taxídi Olive Farm.
We will share with you all the small secrets of the production process that lead to a premium quality extra virgin olive oil; you will be amazed of how many things must be taken into consideration for an excellent evoo to be born!
We will then pass on to the olive oil tasting. We will taste different categories of olive oil and we will learn to distinguish the organoleptic characteristics (the aromas and flavors) and the defects of it. One of our main goals here is to help you define the do’s and don’ts when picking an extra virgin olive oil for your table. Sharing our knowledge with you is one of our favorite parts of our job!
We will close our tour enjoying a small snack with local products and our premium Taxídi evoo, along with a glass of wine, under the shadow of our olive trees and with the chirping of the birds accompanying us.
Olive oil is inherently linked to the life of Crete and olive groves are an integral part of the Cretan landscape. Don’t miss the chance to get lost in one of them and learn everything you would like to know about olive oil. We will do our best to make this an unforgettable experience for you!
Where: In our olive groves, Zakros village
When: 11:00-13:00 or 18:30-20:30
How long: 2 hours
What: 4 samples + meze w/ glass of wine
How many: 2-10 people
Price: €20/person (kids up to 16 attend for free)
Minoan Tastes paired with Olive Oil Tasting
One of the brightest periods of Cretan civilization has been the Minoan culture. Archaeological research has brought to light exciting findings about life back then, one of them being the food the Minoans used to produce, cook and eat. Guess what; olive oil has been present on Crete ever since!
In order to offer you a journey to the food culture of Crete from 2700 BC to today, together with Minoan Tastes [link to website] we have designed a distinct food experience for you. Cooking in Minoan-style ceramic pots over an open-hearth fire, making homemade pita and learning everything about olive oil and its best use in the kitchen, are some of the options this package includes.
The menu can be tailored to your preferences and include different meals and activities. Contact us to find out all the available options. We will be more than happy to organize the perfect food experience for you!
Where: Ierapetra or anywhere you want us to come
How long: 2-4 hours
What: Minoan Cuisine & Olive Oil Tasting
How many: 2 people and more
Price: Starting from €45/person
Custom packages from €85/person
The Treasures of the Cretan Land
Honey, herbs, olive oil. They have been used since the Minoan times, they have been known for their beneficial properties, they have been traded for thousands of years.
We are joining forces with Althaea to offer you a comprehensive tour that includes a bit of everything: introduction to the endemic plants of eastern Crete and their properties, a thorough look into the magical word of bees and honey production during the Minoan era, a demonstration of how essential oils are produced and used in skincare products and cosmetics. And on top of that, olive oil tasting focusing on the beneficial properties of the “liquid gold” for our body and mind!
The tour includes a welcoming freshly made organic tea locally sourced, honey tasting and of course some Cretan “meze” seasoned with extra virgin olive oil!
Where: Althaea farm, Anatoli village
How long: 3.5 hours
What: Cup of tea, honey tasting, 4 olive oil samples + meze
How many: 2 people and more
Custom Olive Oil Tastings
We organize olive oil tasting events for various occasions ranging from boutique hotels as an experience for their customers to company team-bonding activities. Please fill out this form so we know your basics and we will follow up from there.