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The hotel and restaurant La Torre del Visco is surrounded by its own certified organic farm of 220 acres with over 1,800 olive trees. Since the Roman Empire, olive production has been the most important agricultural activity of this area and our own trees produce the oil we use in our restaurant throughout the year. The heart of our fruity, mellow signature oil comes from our Empeltre trees, the local Aragonese variety, whilst 400 Arbequina trees, a smaller more vigorous variety, add a wonderful extra depth of flavour. We also prepare some of our harvest for table olives.

Depending on the weather, we pick our olives from mid-October until mid-November while many local farmers begin in December, so there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to observe the harvest throughout the season.

Autumn in the Matarranya

The weather at this time of year is usually beautiful with bright sunny days and crisp clear night skies. After the day’s activities, guests can relax by an open fire with a glass of wine from our 15th century wine cellar or, linger in the kitchen to watch dinner being prepared by our chefs in the open kitchen where tips, recipes and stories are shared about food, wine and everything else under the sun.

DETAILS 

Our Autumn Olive Oil Experience

The 3 night / 4 day experience includes:

  • An introduction to the Mediterranean world of olive oil culture.
  • A practical demonstration of harvesting methods.
  • A visit to an organic oil press.
  • An olive oil tasting session.
  • Cooking with olive oil

Dates: 5th November, 2018 – 6th January, 2019
From Sunday to Thursday excluding Spanish Bank Holidays.

PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILED PROGRAMME

PRICES

Prices for the 3 night, 4 day tour include accommodation, all meals, transport to oil press, tastings and taxes.

Room Price
Double Superior 770€ per person
Junior Suite 840€ per person
Suite 895€ per person

Not included:
• Optional winery visit Day 2 or guided tour to medieval villages
• Transport to and from La Torre del Visco

The Programme

An introduction to the Mediterranean world of olive oil culture.

Guests will learn about the different varieties of olives, their unique characteristics, the implications of organic cultivation, the pressing process and the preparing of olives for canapés. A guided walk around our organic farm brings participants up close to the sculptural beauty of centuries old olive trees as well as recent, younger plantations.

A practical demonstration of harvesting methods.

This is where guests can get hands on if they want as we compare traditional manual techniques of previous generations to the mechanised processes of today. Then a break for lunch, an al fresco picnic in the olive groves, weather permitting, with freshly baked bread, local cure ham, goat’s cheeses accompanied, of course, by local wine and olives.

A visit to an organic oil press.

We make the short trip to an oil press for the next stage in the harvest. We follow the progress of the olives through the mill right to the end of the process that produces the wonderful, health-giving ‘liquid gold’ for use in our kitchens and dining tables.

An olive oil tasting session.

Led by an expert producer, this fun session guides guests through the different varieties of this natural elixir to identify the distinct characters of each oil and understand which complement different dishes – the backbone of Mediterranean cookery and the secret to Spanish longevity!

Cooking with olive oil.

Join our chefs in our open kitchen and share in their expertise preparing delicious recipes based on olive oil and other seasonal local ingredients that form the heart of our naturally healthy, ‘mar y montaña’ Mediterranean diet.

Extra days

For those interested in a longer stay, special rates will apply. There’s a wealth of local activities to enjoy in and around the hotel including wine tasting, star gazing, walking, horse riding, hiking and cycling.

Take the time to explore this wonderful area – the Spain that tourists rarely get to see. Wander the picturesque streets of the medieval villages of Morella, Mirambel, or the young Picasso´s holiday retreat, Horta de San Joan are all within easy reach while a short drive can bring you to the varied coast, with a choice of quiet beaches and the national park of the Ebro Delta.

For a trip of exciting contrasts, why not split your time between the Torre and the vibrant city of Barcelona or Valencia. Just ask us for more information.

Getting to us:

We are just one hour from the main North-South AP7 motorway along the Mediterranean coast.

Airport transfers can be arranged from Barcelona, Castellón, Reus, Valencia or Zaragoza. Consult us for prices.

Ready to book?

Simply complete the form indicating your desired arrival and departure dates and we’ll get back to you with availability and booking information. Alternatively just give us a call on (+34)978769015 or (+34)978769056

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