Sharing fun, food & travel. We're here to help…
call us! 04 20 310 202

Villa Campestri, Luxury Olive Oil Resort.

Villa Campestri, Luxury Olive Oil Resort.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

Villa Campestri, Luxury Olive Oil Resort.

What a breath of fresh air!

(Particularly after our previous epic few weeks…see last posts :)) Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

This place….tasteful, stylish, & nurturing in the stunning Tuscan countryside.

This home….built in 1422, solid, grand & charming.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

Purchased by the lovely current family in 1988, they created a vision, executed a plan, worked hard for the dream, planted olive groves, added modern conveniences, plus welcoming features & a wealth of knowledge & warmth.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

It is a balsam for the soul in these busy times, with everything you need to cultivate rest & recharge the batteries, all in exquisite beauty.

Villa Campestri came to my attention just over 2 years ago, when I was living in Palermo for a while.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

The young family had come for a holiday to Butera28 in Palermo, Sicily, while I was assisting the Duchess & her guests at the time. http://www.butera28.it/

Their brochure immediately elicited a desire in me, & thoughts of including Villa Campestri in a food tour have consistently been my companion ever since.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

Amazingly, we have been able to weave this urge to visit into our latest international sojourn. A reconnaissance mission, if you like :))

It’s so refreshing to wake to distant roosters, land on cool stone tiles, polished by 100’s of years of wear, at your leisure.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

To have friendly waiters look after your every food & beverage request. Fine dining for dinner.

To lounge in white wicker under the willow trees with a long cool drink. To see the evening drift in under the stars, amid exquisite vistas & crystal clear skies.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

The soil & the cultivation is superb, the hydrangeas are as big as our heads. The lavender is blooming & the roses wave gently. The berries & grapes are ripening nicely.

It’s all very lush, green & picture-book pretty.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

I am stoked & excited about this element of our epic adventure. This & the Bersaglieri sword-cutting cake event were my 2 big culinary draw-cards this trip.

 http://foodthatsings.com/bersaglieri-feathered-hats-running-marksmen-swords-cakes/Tuscany

As a chef & a consumer, my interest in the quality of olive oil has heightened considerably since my time in Sicily.

As good olive oil is a primary ingredient on most dinner tables in Europe, the encouragement to taste & learn has been my fortune.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

Personally, I love to cook with olive oil (& butter), but I’m very particular with oils interfering in the flavours of my dressings & sauces etc.

So it has been a long term mission of mine to find good quality oil without overbearing taste. Imagine subtle things, like aioli or mayonnaise for example.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

You want it to taste like your ingredients, not like bitter cut grass….

We book an olive tree planting experience….what a great marketing tool!!Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

You buy a tree (or 2), plant them in a prepared grove, (under supervision :)) write a laminated message, & they send you pictures & even bottles of oil once it starts producing.

Sometimes they die, but that is the risk you take….Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

Then of course you are going to want to come back to see how your tree is growing, add to your plantation, send your kids & grandkids for future harvesting…

It’s a generational unfolding of substance & worth.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

Gemma, our legend of oil, our master guru & harbinger of knowledge, walks us first into an olive grove to pluck & taste a leaf of our choosing.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

She explains the growing, the pruning, the results, (both desired & unwanted) with sharing simplicity. She asks our opinions & stretches our observations.

We visit the pressing room & walk through the process, touch the machinery, understand the story.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

The beautiful cellar which houses a huge central table hand made of old wine barrels, is our next education point.

It’s an honour to be amongst such history, such talent, such passion & yet such simplicity. We learn about stripping, (that is to force the oil against the teeth & around the palette) for tasting & identification purposes.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

We learn about areas, flavours, high end & commercial practises, how to bottle, shop for & store olive oil.

We learn how to appreciate the good oil!

We spend a fascinating hour & a half mesmerized by Gemma’s knowledge, clarity & warmth.Villa Campestri Luxury Olive Oil Resort, Tuscany

It was so worth the waiting & the planning, & we thank these wonderful people for sharing their passion.

Our splinter group has to head into Firenze now to join the rest of the troop…..

Will let the pictures speak until you can go there yourselves…..

http://www.villacampestri.com/en/IMG_3980

2 Comments
  1. 🎶 And another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust!!!🎶

    So happy you are getting to tick wishes off your list Mumma.

    Enjoy xx

    • Oh how lovely of you Shim, thankyou….I love that you read & take the time to get it & then comment.
      That’s special to me…another way to get to know someone in another special way. Big love xx

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge