The Best Olive Oil Tours in Tuscany for a unique, fun-filled day!
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Top 3 Tuscany Olive Oil Tours
Tuscan Organic Tours - Extra-virgin olive oil tour
Max n. of Guests: 9
Marronaia - Wine and olive oil tasting experience
Max n. of Guests: 15
Arianna and Friends - Olive oil tasting and private tour
Max n. of Guests: N/A
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Extra virgin olive oil is without a doubt a staple in Italian cooking and Tuscany is very well known for it so why not come and join one of these exquisite olive oil tasting tours and you will get the chance to not only see how the olive oil gets made but to taste it as well!
During these tours you will taste exquisite olive oil and take a walk through the olive groves filled with olive trees which will certainly give you a new appreciation for good extra virgin olive oil. You will enjoy the Tuscan olive oil with accompaniments such as Tuscan cheeses, fine Tuscan wines, prepared vegetables, and various other food items.
Each one of these olive oil tastings will certainly be a great occasion for you to taste extra virgin olive oils from some of the best oil mills so be sure not to miss them and book them for your next trip!
1. Tuscan Organic Tours - Extra-virgin olive oil tour
This family-owned oil mill will be the backdrop of this lovely experience and you will certainly enjoy this informative, and fun, tour of the property.
You will participate in guided tour of a medieval village after which you will enjoy a home lunch accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines and of course extra virgin olive oil. This tour will also show you around an oil mill that uses modern continuous loop machinery where the extraction takes place by centrifuging.
This experience can even be tailored to include a visit to two oil mills instead of one but either way you will have a great time and taste amazing olive oil.
2. Marronaia - Wine and olive oil tasting experience
Come and join this experience to take part in a day of sightseeing in San Gimignano, Volterra, and the Val d’Elsa along with a simple but memorable olive oil tasting and wine tasting at Sosta Alle Colonne.
You will start with a detailed introduction to a farm in front of the Vernaccia vineyard, which is one of the oldest in San Gimignano. You will be introduced to their products and taste at least 4 wines from the vineyards along with 6 kinds of extra virgin olive oils which will be paired with homemade snacks and bruschette.
This experience will excite your tastebuds and you will certainly gain a new appreciation for extra virgin olive oil and how it gets produced.
3. Arianna and Friends - Olive oil tasting and private tour at a Tuscan oil mill
Come and join this olive oil tour to learn all about real quality within olive oil and of course get the chance to taste it for yourself.
You will be guided through an oil mill and introduced to the machinery after which you will be a part of a phenomenal tasting. You will be served different types of extra virgin olive oil accompanied by local olive oil-based specialties. You can also have it integrated with a light lunch which will include a delicious soup and several other little snacks.
If you attend during late October to early December it is possible to see the squeezing process at the mill so make sure that you book your experience accordingly!
4. Ancora del Chianti - Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tour with Tasting
Come and discover an olive oil mill that has been run by the same family for 4 generations just 20 min away from this B&B.
They have also been producing saffron, wine and iris root. You will also receive an explanation about how to grow and press olives after which you will learn about oil and food awareness such as how to produce a good quality olive oil and how to detect quality factors with a sensorial analysis in a glass.
You will take part in a tasting of the olive oils and you will surely love every moment so don’t forget to bring along a partner as well!
5. Windering - Tour and olive oil tasting at Frantoio Tistarelli
Be sure to take part in this experience at Frantoio Tistarelli to discover how olive oil is produced and even visit their oil mill.
You will find innovation and technology mixed with history, which will result in an interesting experience for the young and old alike. You will taste their extra virgin olive oil along with the typical Bruschetta with or without garlic and of course a glass of wine.
This will remember this experience for many years to come and extra virgin olive oil will surely become a favorite of yours so don’t miss your chance and book this experience today!
These wine tastings and tours are certainly going to knock your socks off and every oil mill will show you something new and exciting so be sure to book your spot and to bring along your family and friends for the fun!
If you are looking for even more exciting experiences to be a part of then be sure to take a look at these gelato making classes across Italy to learn how to make one of Italy’s most known frozen treats.
Disclaimer: Note that the food images displayed on this website are for illustrative purposes only. They are not indicative of the actual dishes or presentations you should expect during the classes. We strive to provide the best culinary experience, but the appearance of dishes may vary. Always refer to class descriptions and details for accurate information on what to expect.
Frequent Asked Questions
Calabria is at the tip of the Italian boot, and it is one of the regions in Italy with the highest level of olive oil production along with Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany. It is historically proven that olive growing was introduced in those lands by the Greek colonists and it is still very active to this day.
Some of the best olive oils in the world all come from Tuscany, and the region is known in Italy as Toscana. The extra virgin olive oil that comes from this area is incredibly flavorful, and the quality from cold-pressed production processes is simply unmatched. Tuscany olive oils are a must-have for any serious foodie or lover of Italian food and is certainly something that everyone should indulge in at least once in their lives.
As early as the 14th century, in what was then known as the Republic of Lucca, the oil obtained from the olives that were grown to the north of the town, in the area called Matraia, were much sought after. The south-facing slopes of these hills became home to many ‘frantoi’ or oil mills during that time.
Surprisingly, Spain is the world’s biggest olive oil producer, and covers around 70% of European Union consumption and 45% of that of the entire world. The lack of rain that this province and other olive-producing areas in and around Spain have been seeing therefore has an enormous impact on both the amount of oil that is being produced and the price at which it is being sold for.
In Tuscany, the tradition of harvesting olives begins in late October or early November and it usually continues until mid-December, although that depends on the climatic conditions that are needed to harvest the fruit at the optimal time.
Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil from Italy, is still quite expensive and it is expensive to produce in Italy. For some perspective, it takes olive trees seven years to yield a full harvest which means that olive groves are much more important than some people believe.