Pick up is from an easy access station in Sabina, 40 minutes from Rome. We take a leisurely drive through beautiful olive groves, visit a 2,000 year old olive tree, and then head to a fantastic local restaurant. Before lunch I will teach you how to taste olive oil, explain what makes good oil and what makes the bad stuff too. During lunch I will show you how these prize-winning oils pair with food in the most surprising way. This is an introduction to an ancient ingredient which, thanks to modern technology, has become a spectacular new ingredient which even the most famous chefs still do not know about. You will leave this day with a wealth of knowledge about production techniques, history, and the freshness, intensity and variety that quality olive oil can offer.
In 1982 I came to Italy, tasted freshly-made olive oil, and fell in love with this magical substance. In 1986 I began to grow olives in the Sabine Hills. I was the only non-Italian taster for the Slow Food Olive Oil Guide for 5 years, and now judge oil competitions in Japan, Turkey, Greece, Italy and U.K. I've appeared on BBC tv and radio, and won the Ambassador of Italian Olive Oil award 2017.
Antipasto, Pasta, Dessert Olive Oil Tastings
2 glasses wine/beer
Sabina minibus transport
The famous oil producing Sabine Hills just north of Rome. Olive groves full of aromatic wild herbs. A 2,000 year old tree planted by the ancient Romans and an excellent local Sabina restaurant.