Olive Oil

This five-day culinary workshop takes place during Sicily’s olive harvest season and explores the vast world of olive oil from production to tasting. We will take you through the olive groves and walk you through the process from tree to table. Visit different style olive mills and learn how to taste for common defects and quality of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy cooking lessons focused on olive oil as an ingredient and different ways olive oil is incorporated into Sicilian cuisine.

October 12 – 17, 2020


Single Room: €2,475

Double Room: €4,375

Costs include accommodation at Case Vecchie or one of the nearby cottages and indicated lessons, meals, wine and excursions. Workshops mix together the best of many worlds. You will have access to special guests and activities that are outside of the typical Case Vecchie schedule. However, you can always plan on delicious meals with seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner are served with wines from the Tasca d’Almerita estate, and breakfast is a bounty of homemade cakes, jams and coffee, and tea. Typical meals and cooking lessons include three or four courses.

Example Program


Monday, October 12

3:00 to 5:00 pm: Check-in and get settled into your room.

7:30 pm: Welcome aperitivo and introductions followed by dinner around the table.


Tuesday, October 13

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by a structured olive oil tasting and an introduction about how olive oil is made, including variations in the methods and timing of the process influence the taste.

1:00 pm: Lunch around the Case Vecchie table followed by an afternoon to rest, relax or explore the surrounding fields.

5:30 pm: Cooking lesson with local ingredients followed by a delicious dinner.


Wednesday, October 14

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by a stroll through the oliveto (olive groves) of Case Vecchie. Talk about how the care and maintenance of the olive groves influences the production of extra-virgin olive oil. Visit an olive mill and get a look at how the machinery works.

1:00 pm: Lunch around the Case Vecchie table followed by an afternoon to rest, relax or explore the surrounding fields.

5:30 pm: Hands-on cooking lesson using a full olive oil-inspired menu. Our ingredients for dinner will be seasonally sourced from the garden.


Thursday, October 15

8:00 am: Depart to the local shepherd to watch ricotta production and sample freshly produced cheeses with a picnic breakfast.

12:00 pm: Return to Case Vecchie for a Sicilian cheese tasting followed by lunch.

5:30 pm: Cooking lesson incorporating various other uses of olive oil keeping with Sicilian tradition.


Friday, October 16

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by a special tasting to identify the typical defects found

in olive oil and a conversation about the scrupulous practices of in the industry.

1:00 pm: Lunch and an afternoon to read, rest, relax or explore.

7:30 pm: Final aperitivo and farewell dinner.


Saturday, October 17

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by goodbyes.

10:00 am: Checkout

*Airfare and transportation to and from Case Vecchie are not included in the price. Please request transportation arrangements at the time of booking if you would like us to book a car to and from the estate.


**Please note, due to the seasonal rhythm of life and agriculture in Sicily, planned activities and schedules may change at short notice. If this is the case, an equally engaging activity will be arranged.


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