Olive Grove Tour with Wine & Olive Oil Tasting in Balestrate

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Partinico, IT
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Partinico, IT
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Join us for a captivating journey through the stunning olive groves of Balestrate, where you will discover the secrets of making artisanal extra virgin olive oil. Led by Francesco, the talented winemaker and olive oil producer, this guided walk will immerse you in the beauty of the Sicilian countryside. After the tour, indulge in a delightful tasting experience of Sicilian wines and olive oil, accompanied by delicious dishes made with local ingredients. This experience truly captures the essence of Sicily, with Francesco's grandparents joining in the tasting to share stories of this enchanting region. Experience the warmth of a typical Italian home and be transported to a world of authentic flavors and aromas. Don't miss this opportunity to savor the best of Sicily on this unforgettable olive grove tour with wine and olive oil tasting.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Guided tour of olive groves and olive oil production
  • Tasting of Sicilian wine and olive oil
  • Immersive experience of the Sicilian countryside
  • Sampling authentic flavors and aromas of Sicily
  • Meeting Francesco's grandparents and hearing stories
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages

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Experience the enchanting beauty of the Sicilian countryside and indulge in a sensory journey through the renowned olive groves of Balestrate. Join Francesco, a passionate winemaker and olive oil producer, for a captivating tour that unveils the fascinating process of creating artisanal extra virgin olive oil. Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors and aromas of Sicily as you savor a delightful wine and olive oil tasting experience. This tour promises not only a gastronomic adventure but also an opportunity to connect with the rich history and culture of this picturesque region.

What to expect?

Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning landscapes of the Sicilian countryside as you embark on an immersive tour of the olive groves in Balestrate. Under the guidance of Francesco, you will gain deep insights into the traditional methods and techniques used to produce the finest extra virgin olive oil. Discover the art of olive harvesting, learn about the pressing process, and witness the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating this liquid gold. Following the tour, indulge your taste buds with a delightful wine and olive oil tasting, where you can savor the authentic flavors and aromas that define Sicilian cuisine.

Who is this for?

This captivating olive grove tour and tasting experience is perfect for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the authentic flavors and cultural heritage of Sicily. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, or simply a lover of nature, this tour offers something for everyone. Join Francesco on this journey if you have a curiosity for the production process of extra virgin olive oil or if you simply appreciate the beauty of the Sicilian countryside. This experience welcomes individuals of all ages and backgrounds, making it accessible to both seasoned travelers and those who desire to explore new horizons.

Why book this?

Embark on this unique adventure to revel in the secrets of Sicilian olive oil production alongside Francesco, a passionate winemaker and olive oil producer. Gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and dedication involved in crafting artisanal extra virgin olive oil. This tour offers not only the opportunity to learn but also the chance to taste and indulge in the authentic flavors of Sicily. With the tasting taking place in a typical Italian home, surrounded by Francesco's warm and welcoming grandparents, you'll be treated to a truly immersive and memorable experience. From the captivating olive groves to the rich storytelling and the delicious wine and olive oil samples, this tour promises to create lasting memories and leave you craving for more.

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The tour duration is approximately 120 minutes, ensuring you have ample time to fully explore and engage with the olive groves and tasting experience. The meeting point is conveniently located near the olive groves, and if you require transportation, assistance can be provided to help arrange a transfer. Be prepared to savor the Sicilian Caponata, a delightful side dish made with vegetables stewed in a sweet and sour sauce. As you embark on this journey, remember to bring your love for authentic cuisine, a curious spirit, and a sense of appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds you.


Customers who have experienced the olive grove tour and wine tasting with Francesco have praised the tour as an incredible experience that beautifully combines education and indulgence. They have marveled at Francesco's expertise and passion, appreciating his ability to convey the complexity of olive oil production in a captivating manner. Guests also rave about the warmth and hospitality extended by Francesco's grandparents during the tasting, making them feel like honored guests in a typical Sicilian home. Overall, visitors have left with a renewed appreciation for Sicilian olive oil and a deeper understanding of the region's rich culinary traditions.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Bivio Quattro Vanelle

Marina Di Balestrate



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Great experience. Francisco was friendly and gave us a lot of information about olive groves and how to recognize excellent EVOO. The highlight was spending time with Francisco’s grandparents at their home for a wine and EVOO tasting.


Francesco is a passionate young man who brings a very authentic experience to his guests. He is thoughtful, welcoming, engaging and informative. The tour has the feeling of visiting a relative in his olive grove, followed by oil and wine tasting at his grandparents home. It brings an understanding to the techniques and challenges of small producers of olive oil throughout Sicily and perhaps beyond. The still producing two hundred year old trees stand as testament to the love and commitment associated with this serene farming endeavour.


Such a unique, private and full-hearted experience from team Essensily. We had a lovely morning learning about the olive trees and the oil production spiced with personal stories and interesting details. The tour was followed by an authentic lunch and tasting session with the owner’s grandparents, which besides being delicious, felt like an absolute privilege and honour. The organic olive oil tastes nothing like you tried before (promise!) and we were also sold on Essensily’s wines. Highly recommended tour!


Great experience with Francesco & his grandparents who welcomed us onto the olive grove and into their home! Highly recommend


Francesco was a wonderful host. He had extensive knowledge regarding olive oil and wine. The olive oil was like nothing we have in the United States. We enjoyed meeting his grandparents and their hospitality.


Really great experience! Francesco and his girlfriend were great hosts. We first went to the olive trees, could listen to some stories of how olive oil is made and what is important. Afterwards we had a olive oil and wine tasting at the small but cozy grandparent's place. A real family-vibe. Francesco's grandparents came as well, we ate home-made Caponata. A guest, who didn't feel well quickly got a healthy tea made by Fracesco's grandma. The young couple has interesting plans with Esensily and I'm convinced it will become an even more successful family business in the future. It simply was a great mix of getting to know an Italian family business, and learn about olives and wine. We happily recommend it!


Fransesco and his family were wonderful to visit. The day began in the beautiful olive groves where we had a throughou dive into olive growing and processing and about local wines. Great discussions for a botanist-couple like us. And the lunch, olive oil and the wines at their family's home were excellent accompanied with great discussions as well. Highly recommended. Ps. Also the gluten-free needs were met well


Francesco and Simona were wonderful hosts… There olive Grove was beautiful and their knowledge was incredible… Sharing lunch with Francesco‘s grandparents will be a memory we will never forget… The olive oil ❤️ we will ship to America to serve in our restaurant, and hope that our suppliers can bring over their wine… We had a wonderful lunch and wonderful conversation with an amazing family!!..


This activity was very relaxing and enjoyable. Francesco is extremely knowledgeable and goes into great detail about olive trees, growing olives, and making olive oil. The tour through the olive tree farm is relaxing, as Francesco explains the time and effort in maintaining and harvesting the olives. Francesco also covers similar details for growing and making wine. After the tour of the olive tree farm, we went to Francesco’s grandparent's home for olive oil and wine tasting. Francesco’s grandmother prepared a few excellent Sicilian appetizers to enjoy with the olive oil and wine tasting. We had a great time visiting with Francesco’s grandparents as we sampled the olive oil and wine. If you want to learn about growing and making olive oil and wine, from a person who is passionate about what he is growing, then sign up for this activity. You will not be disappointed.


I booked this tour for my family at the last minute, and I'm so glad I did! It was one of the highlights of our trip to Sicily. We learned so much from Francesco about olive oils, wines and local culture as he shared his thoughts and experiences openly. He and Simona were welcoming and friendly, as were his grandparents who hosted us for lunch after. It was such a treat to interact with such lovely people and have an authentic home cooked meal as part of the tour. The olive oils and wines from Essensily were great and we went home with a few bottles in tow. Thanks again Francesco and Simona for the delightful afternoon :) Highly recommend this tour, you won't regret it!
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2024-05-25 19:55