Today your private guide will meet you at your hotel and you will enjoy a day of discovery the Provence Olive Oils.
A member of the Oleceae family, and known by the Latin name of Olea europea L sativa, it thrives in our Mediterranean climate. It is a rustic plant, able to withstand the brutal mistral wind and content in the chalky soils of the sun-soaked foothills of Les Alpilles.
It is an indomitable, food-giving warrior. It is also eternal, never loses its leaves, and is able to regenerate from its own roots. One of its main qualities is being able to withstand the trials inflicted by Mother Nature. In Provence, every senior citizen can recall the terrible freeze of February 1956, which struck down the olive trees in the Vallée des Baux de Provence. You can identify the rare survivors by their single, knotty, and highly-developed trunk. All the other trees were cut off at the base. The four, five or six charpentières, or main branches, have grown back, and all belong to the same root system.
Centuries ago, the olive tree found its homeland in Provence. And has thus enhanced the beauty of a landscape celebrated the world over.
Moulin Castellas: Olive oils have a very rich palette of aromas and tastes. These are influenced by terroir, climate, the olive varieties used, and how healthy and ripe the fruit are. At Castellas Mill, all of our oils undergo cold extraction. From harvest to harvest, our passion for flavor and our know-how have led us to produce olive oils of highly distinctive character and flavored oils of delightful freshness. And let's not forget our table olives and spreads - to bathe all of your aperitif occasions in sunshine!
Moulin Saint Jean: Located in Fonvieille, a small Provençal village in the heart of the Alpilles dear to Alphonse Daudet, four generations of the Sourdon family have produced its fine olive oil in a typical Mas from the 12th century. Today the family story goes on with Anne and Magali who share their ancestors passion for the Vallée des Bax and its olive cultivation tradition. The love for olive trees, and the art of assembling the four typical varieties composing the OPA have maintained the Sourdonn family’s ancestral knowledge. The Moulin Saint Jean is located next to the Saint Jean Chapel, a building from 11th century, with more than 5,000 olive trees growing in the protected area of the Baux de Provence valley.
Moulin Cornille: The tour includes the discovery of the facilities, an explanation of the harvest to the bottling, and tasting of our three olive oils:
Virgin Olive Oil Black Fruity "A.O.P. Vallée des Baux de Provence”: Black Taste/Ripe olives: the flavors of black olives (ripe olives), underwood, cocoa, old bread, cooked artichoke... the ardence (prickly sensation) is very light when oil has been just extracted, then it disappears after several months.
Virgin Olive Oil Black Fruity "Cuvée Traditionnelle Jean-Marie Cornille”: Black Taste: the flavors are those of black olives (ripe olives), underwood, cocoa, old bread, cooked artichoke... Sometimes, the bitterness of olive oil is prevalent if we use a larger proportion of Picholines olives compared to the A.O.C. olive mixing.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Green Fruity "A.O.P. Vallée des Baux de Provence”: Green Taste: The flavors are those of fresh artichoke, green herbs, grapefruit, fresh almonds… The ardence (prickly sensation) is light. The bitterness is very light or doesn't exist!