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.


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.

Example Program


Monday, October 21

3:00 to 5:00 pm: Check-in

7:30 pm: Welcome aperitivo and discussion followed by dinner


Tuesday, October 22

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 23

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 olives influences the production of extra-virgin olive oil. Visit an olive mill and get a look at how the machinery works.

5:30 pm: Hands-on cooking lesson using a full olive oil-inspired menu and discussing it from both a flavor-based and nutritional point of view. Our ingredients for dinner will be seasonally sourced from the garden.


Thursday, October 24

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. The menu could include: handmade ricotta-stuffed ravioli, basic olive oil salad dressing, Sicilian Zuppa di Lenticchie with olive oil garnish, braised garden greens with garlic and oil, deep-frying with extra virgin olive oil, or yogurt and olive oil ice cream


Friday, October 25

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 dinner.


Saturday, October 26

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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