From an olive to oil

Once the grapes in vineyards have mostly been harvested and must is slowly turning to young wine in barrels, olive groves come to life. The olive harvesting season in places with a Mediterranean climate extends from October to November. Carefully picked olives make their way to ‘torklje’, a special oil press from which oil flows. Would you like to see the birth of fresh olive oil? Visit the Slovenian Istria, the region of Slovenia with the most olive groves. However, you can also find some in the Brda Hills, the Vipava Valley, and in the Karst. Learn about the story of Slovenian olive oil in your own way and let your taste buds verify its quality. 

Sun-filled olive oils

As you explore the green inland areas of Slovenian Istria, you’ll come upon olive groves at almost every step. The area between the Adriatic Sea and the Karst Rim creates favourable conditions for the production of a very special oil – extra virgin olive oil from Slovenian Istria, which has a protected indication of origin. This oil with a distinctive bitter and spicy flavour is also very highly regarded by gourmets. However, it’s also true that every oil producer leaves their unique mark on their oil. Visit them and taste their oils accompanied by selected local dishes and wine.

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Unique experiences related to olive oil

Enjoy unique, authentic, boutique five-star experiences bearing the ‘Slovenia Unique Experience’ label. You have the opportunity to learn the entire story of how olive oil is made in a unique way. This oil is excellently paired with other gems of Istrian cuisine, including the best farmed branzino (European bass) in the world.

Would you like to enjoy even more ‘olive oil’ experiences?

Visit Istrian oil makers and tourist farms, where the farmers will be glad to show you their olive groves and olive oil and serve you other local delicacies, too. During olive harvesting season, they’ll also be happy if you give them a hand in the olive grove.

Authentic tastes of Istria

Visit an eco farm in the inland areas of Istria, where you can enjoy a guided olive oil tasting, learn about Istrian herbs, and have lunch with selected Istrian flavours. 

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A to Z of olives and olive oil

Accompanied by a biologist, you’ll learn everything you’d like to know about how olives become olive oil and everything from the work in olive groves in harmony with nature to determining the quality of olive oil.

A to Z of olives and olive oil

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Among olive trees in inland areas near Piran

Enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience amongst olive groves above the Sečovlje Salt Pans Landscape Park. As you taste olive oil and other Istrian delicacies, you can also enjoy a wonderful view of the salt pans.

Among olive trees in inland areas near Piran

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Join locals in harvesting olives

Would you like to learn first-hand how olives are harvested in olive groves? Join the locals and pick ripe olives manually or using a special rake that allows them to fall into spread nets. The farmers at the Tonin Tourist Farm and at the oil-producing Jerko Farm would also love some of your help. In the inland areas around Koper, you can try harvesting olives at Bočaj and Obad eco farms and at Gec farm.

Visit some other olive groves with a hint of the Mediterranean 

Although the majority of olive groves are located in the Slovenian Istria, you can also find them in other areas with a Mediterranean climate. Visit oil makers in the Brda Hills, where you can find sun-kissed olive groves accompanied by vast vineyards and orchards nestled amongst picturesque villages. Vipava Valley is a valley of diverse flavours. Farmers there also produce olive oil virtually in ‘boutique’ quantities, thus reviving the oil making tradition in this valley. You can find some olive groves and oil makers in the Karst, too.




Taste olive oil in good company

If autumn is mainly the season for working in olive groves and in ‘torklje’ oil presses, then spring and summer are the seasons for various events devoted to olive oil and other special local features. 

Rebula and Olive Oil Festival

In April, visit the friendly village of Višnjevik in the Brda Hills, which is famous for being the birthplace of Rebula wine. However, it’s also surrounded by olive groves where excellent olive oil is made.

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Šempas Wine and Olive Oil Festival

In March, you can socialise with locals near Nova Gorica and taste their selected wines, made from both international as well as indigenous varieties. At the festival, you can visit local oil makers and taste their oils. 

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Olive Oil and Chard Festival

Padna, one of the most beautiful and authentic Istrian villages, is surrounded by vast olive groves with olive trees dating back more than 300 years, the olives of which are used to produce world-class olive oil. The village is also known for chard. You can taste both at the Olive Oil and Chard Feast held at the end of April.

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Olives, Wine, and Fish Festival

The three main foodstuffs in the Izola and Istrian cuisine can be found in one place in early summer in Izola. The town streets are flooded with local producers, whose wine, olive oil, fish, and fish dishes you can taste and purchase.

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