The Olive Harvest in Volx

At the end of each year in Provence, the olives are harvested to produce the nectar of the Mediterranean. Olivier Chertier, olive oil producer, welcomes us to his mill in the Luberon for the harvest.
By Caroline Taret

Olivier Chertier is one of those olive oil producers that speaks poetically about this golden juice which brings so much pleasure to our taste buds. Now indispensable in our kitchens, olive oil is an art form that, like wine, has multiple varieties, heady flavors and its own trade secrets. The common variety in Provence is the Aglandau olive, which possesses unique perfumes that Olivier Chertier shares with us, taking us to the heart of nature, waking our senses. Next to his mill in Voix is the Olive Tree Museum, a project set up by Olivier Baussan, founder of L'OCCITANE; it's a charming invitation to discover the history of this little treasure, but also the trade secrets of oil via personal objects and fascinating stories. Another irresistible little moment, the store Première Pression Provence spotlights local producers and the unique characteristics of their oils, available to sample. After this visit, you'll never choose your olive oil randomly again.

To visit nearby

Le Couvent des Minimes

This hôtel Relais & Château is a discreet address, elegant and genuine. In a former convent, all the charm of Provence is concentrated here for a vacation devoted to gastronomy and relaxation. Not to be missed.

Première Pression Provence

This store located inside the Olive Tree Museum is an olive oil paradise, but also stocks produce from small local producers. The variety of the oil, like its conservation plus cooking ideas are displayed in an old-fashioned boutique. To discover.

Forcalquier

This former village of the Counts of Provence is typical of the Luberon region: understated, it is a must-see if you want to discover the real Provence, like it used to be. The market is one of the biggest in the region.

The Olive Tree Museum in Volx

A charming educational circuit on the history of olive oil spotlights objects collected over many years by the founder of L'Occitane, Olivier Baussan. An unpretentious and moving tour that will make you want to try all the oil varieties of the region!

 

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Le Moulin du Luberon
Quartier le Moulin
04130 Volx

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