From pumpkin to oil – the story of a family oil mill with a lasting tradition

Place: Sveti Jurij ob Ščavnici Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter Active time: From a few hours up to a whole day, an all-day experience Number of people: 2 - 15
*Guaranteed to take place if at least 2 people register.
Guided tour Language: Slovenian, English, German, Croatian Type of experience: Taste Slovenia, Countryside Contact:
Oljarna Kocbek
Stara gora 1
9244 Videm ob Ščavnici
041 695 483
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From pumpkin to oil – the story of a family oil mill with a lasting tradition

A first-class exploration of Pomurje through a guided tour of the family oil mill, where you learn about the traditional processing of pumpkin seed oil that has been preserved through three generations since 1929.

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Little secrets of the family oil mill in the processing of first-class pumpkin seed oil

Be part of the tradition in which pumpkin seed oil is still processed using the original procedures on more than a century old family machines. Try premium pumpkin seed oil as a Slovenian culinary speciality in its many versions.

A multi-sensory experience of pumpkin seed oil processing

Embark on a multi-sensory journey in an oil mill where the third generation continues the tradition of processing pumpkin seed oil as a protected cultural heritage of Slovenia. You will explore the history of pumpkins, from their ripening in the fields to the picking, cleaning and grinding of pumpkin seeds. They will surprise you with tastings of local dishes that include pumpkin seed oil. You will also be able to create your own culinary experience with pumpkin seed oil and thus become part of the family story.


What to expect from the experience:

  • Reception and serving of the first culinary greeting from the oil mill.
  • Presentation of the story and tradition of the oil mill and a lecture on the history of pumpkins, their use, oil processing and the importance of protected geographical indication.
  • Presentation of delicious dishes that can be prepared with pumpkin seed oil. Guests try pumpkin roll (typical for our region), pumpkin spread, salami with pumpkin seeds, pasta with pumpkin seeds, cookies with pumpkin seeds...). Guests will be able to prepare some dishes themselves.
  • A guided tour of the oil mill, where guests are presented with an overview of the work, the pressing machines, mill, press and the pans in which pumpkin seeds are roasted.
  • Tasting of pumpkin seed oil and a visit to the tasting room, where guests can relax with a glass of wine or sparkling wine.


Schedule: From 1 January to 30 June and from 20 August to 24 December (prior notice required).

Location: Oljarna Kocbek, Stara gora 1, 9244 Sv. Jurij ob Ščavnici

Price: EUR 45/person

The price includes:

  • Guided tasting,
  • tasting of up to 14 samples of products,
  • a glass of sparkling wine and water.
  • an apron and a 20 ml bottle of Štajerska-Prekmurje pumpkin seed oil.

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Visit the oil mill where the third generation produces first-class pumpkin seed oil

Get to know the traditional method of the processing of oil with a protected geographical indication in one of the first Slovenian oil mills and discover the usefulness of oil in the culinary arts.

Oljarna Kocbek
Stara gora 1
9244 Videm ob Ščavnici
041 695 483


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Did you know?

The family oil mill still uses the same machine as it did in 1929, when grandfather Alojz started his trade.

Up to 3 kilograms of dried seeds are needed for every litre of pumpkin seed oil. Due to its active ingredients, locals also call it Štajerska Viagra.

Štajerska-Prekmurje pumpkin seed oil has a protected geographical indication. Official records confirm that pumpkin seed oil was first produced in Slovenia as early as 1750.

There are 825 types of pumpkins in the world, but only one type is suitable for producing pumpkin seed oil from its seeds. Its botanical name is Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca.

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