After nearly 20 years in Provence I'm still amazed at how many fabulous new places I have yet to discover. Seeing as we are at the start of the olive harvest what better time to share.
Yesterday I was introduced to Roland and Carine Coupat who purchased olive groves and built an olive mill in Cadenet about 5 years ago. Now they sell their award-winning organic olive oil (AOC Huile d'Olive de Provence) in a state of the art facility nestled in a valley surrounded by olive trees. There are 4000 olive trees on the 37 acres of land surrounding the property. A stream flowing from the Luberon hills provides the much needed water.
The olives are hand-harvested using nets and special harvester combs. Roland estimates it takes on average 6 kilos of olives to make 1 litre of olive oil. Three fruity oils are produced at the mill: green fruity, using olives harvested early in the season; ripe fruity, using slightly more mature olives and dark fruity, using black olives harvested late in the season. In addition they produce aromatic oils using local basil, organic lemon and truffles. Chef Guillaume Gomez who has been at the Elysée Palace (home to the French President) for 17 years and recently named head of the kitchens is a regular customer.
Free olive oil tastings and visits of the mill. Audioguides available in English, German and French. And if you can, take time to follow the olive grove trail (short version 30 minutes, long version 1 hr) for specatcular views of the Luberon Regional Park.
Open Monday-Saturday 10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm- 7 pm