Join our unique experiences away from the crowds, with intimate group sizes & most importantly great fun!
Join us as we journey the length of the island and spend the day tasting and discovering one of Korcula’s prized products, olive oil. Whether or not you consider yourself to be an olive oil connoisseur, this is a fantastic tour for anyone who wants to see a side to Korcula Island so few get to explore.
- Insight into olive oil production on the island now and historically
- Meet two olive oil producers, both who will share their interesting stories & passion
- Learn how to taste olive oil as a professional taster (sommelier) does and what makes olive oil extra virgin
- Sample delicious olives oil produced on the island as well as home-made preserves & rakijas
- Relax and enjoy light lunch at an olive mill, which highlights the olive oil and includes a cup of olive tea
Departing from Korcula we will head over to the town of Vela Luka, enjoying the vistas as we go (approx. 45 minute drive) whilst learning about life on Korcula and the importance of olive oil production. Our first stop is at a very hospitable family producer who specialise in flavoured oils and medicinal products using natural ingredients. You will be able to sample their flavoursome organic olive oils as well as home-made preserves and rakijas.
For our second tasting we will take a short drive to the mill of one of Korcula Island’s most renowned olive oil producers. Here we meet our spirited host over an olive infused cup of tea before an informative olive oil tasting. As a professional degustator, our host will give us a lesson on how to recognise characteristics of olive oil. We will also be guided around the mill and equipment to learn how olive oil is produced today. A tasty light lunch of traditional savoury and sweet dishes with olive oil as the feature ingredient awaits us afterwards. Lunch will be served with their homemade wine and traditional brandy.
On our return to Korcula Town we will have the opportunity to visit the olive grove or one of the oldest olive trees on the island.
Time of Tour:
May to October
Thursday or Saturday
10:00 (tour lasts approx 6 hours)
2 - 4
Transport from / to Korcula Town
Olive Oil Tasting at 2 local producers
Olive mill visit
Olive tea, light lunch & wine at an olive mill
Options to walk around olive grove and visit an old Olive Tree
You many wish to bring water for the journey
Olive Oil can be purchased at both producers
Full payment required in advance
Meeting/ Departure Point:
Centre of Korcula Town
A map with the meeting location marked will be included in Tour Confirmation
Joan, September 2018
We're finally home with all of our olive oil still in one piece.
Many thanks for a great day.
We had a wonderful day olive oil tasting with Rachael. We learned a lot, got to see much of the island, and came home with some very special olive oils. The best part was getting to meet two of the producers who were both so clearly passionate about the work they do. Highly, highly recommend!
We spent a wonderful day with Rachael, touring the island on an Olive Oil Tasting tour. We visited an old olive mill, a new olive mill, olive groves, Jerolim (where they served us food and wine while we tasted olive oils, liquors, capers, jams, etc) and Fanito (where they served us lunch, more wine, more olive oil - and all home-made). Rachael shared a lot of history, travel tips, and made the day a super experience. I highly recommend Korcula Explorer’s Olive Oil tasting tour.
Sorry not to have thanked you before. But belated huge thank you for just such wonderful experiences. Sitting up,at Marias farm in the olive trees I thought I had died and gone to heaven . I didn't have a camera but I like to look and feel a place and I have it in my memory bank.
This tour was so enjoyable, who would have thought that Olive Oil could be interesting. We were collected by Rachel, who ran the tour and driven to our first stop, where we had wonderful breads oils and Wine! we spent a very happy hour here before we moved on to the next stop, a small privately run business and our hosts here were wonderful. We tasted numerous oils, syrups and then to my husbands delight, Grappa! The oils were delicious my favourite was the lemon infused, which tasted like lemon drizzle cake. After many purchases, including an essential oil mix for 'cold legs' ( I kid you not) we were dragged away and on to our final stop an olive grove in the hills, where our lovely host Maria, had put on a wonderful spread for lunch including Peka, it was delicious. After more olive oil tasting much wine and cakes, we left for a tour of the distillery. This was such a wonderful day and very good value for money. Rachel was delightful and informative and we would highly recommend this tour.
I booked the Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour (new this year) on 9/8 - my birthday! We were greeted at our hotel by Rachael, who was nothing but friendly, informative and quite a wonderful driver - might I add. While en route to pick up another couple we encountered a torrential downpour, which knocked rocks into the middle of the winding seaside roads, created huge puddles and next-to-no visibility. Needless to say we survived picked up the other couple and made it to our first stop, Blato to taste some oil and sample some wine. To be honest, while this stop wasn't bad it was just so different from the other two options. We were at a store versus someone's home or orchard and it felt a little out of place. The wine was great, however. There's also a Blato storefront in Korcula Town where I planned to purchase some wine before I left the Island. Our second stop was in Vela Luka at someone's home (think her name was Maria). I was very impressed with her story and many of her essential oils, etc. This was a nice stop that offered some great flavored olive oil and liquors. Our last stop Fanito's family olive grove was really wonderful. Maria - who was possibly the cheeriest person I've ever met - spoke at length about olive oil and her family. She walked us through the orchard, pointed things out, picked figs for us to try and more. She also cooked a delicious peka that we had for a late lunch. During lunch, we sampled an assortment of the olive oils they produce, Maria even led us in how to properly taste the oil - via a shot glass. We also had the pleasure of going to her family's olive oil press to see how everything comes together - Maria also detoured us en route to the oil press to point out what is apparently a 2,000 year old olive tree, which was pretty cool. Overall, I'd recommend this tour - it's definitely something you can do anywhere and gives you a nice slice of life in Korcula. I only wish I had skipped breakfast as there was SO much food served throughout the day!
Tour Costs €74.00 per person
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Please note the tour was amended in 2018, so previous reviews are based upon a slightly different tour.