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Brist Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In harmony with nature

WELCOME

Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you will find it useful and inspiring.

We are a cheerful Istrian – Irish family from Vodnjan, South Istria in Croatia, producing high quality extra virgin olive oil for almost two decades. We create our oils with great passion and, above all, a great respect for nature. We take care of our centuries old and newly planted trees of native Istrian varieties that grow happily in our beautifully positioned olive grove with spectacular views over the Brijuni Archipelago.

Here you can find more info about us and our beautiful olive oils, make an order through our web shop, book one of our olive grove tours or a stay in our Villa Santa Margherita.

Enjoy and we hope to meet you in person someday soon!

The Brist family team.

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BRIST OLIVE SHOP​

Come and enjoy a free guided tasting of our full range of BRIST extra virgin olive oils in the beautiful and historic town of Vodnjan. The town is known as the home of Istrian olive oil because of its uniquely suited micro climate, its history of olive cultivation since Roman times, and its present reputation for world class production.

Opening Times

October – April

  • Monday – Friday 10 – 14
  • Saturdays 10 – 14

May – September

  • Monday – Friday 10 -16
  • Saturdays 10 – 14

The Brist Shop is:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • young kids & family friendlyApril

Shop Location​

Address:

  • Trgovačka 40, Vodnjan 52215
  • (opposite the post office)

We are close by:

  • 5 min from Fažana
  • 10 min from Pula
  • 20 min from Rovinj
  • 30 min from Porec
  • 40 min from Opatija
  • 50 min from Rijeka

We are open summer and winter. However, as a small family business, sometimes we need to step away from the shop for deliveries, work on the grove or in the cellar. Therefore, during the low season, it is a good idea to call ahead to ensure that we are open for you.

Click below for more information on our location, the best place to park and where else you can buy and experience Brist oils with a beautiful meal with one of our local, national and international partners. 

SHARED LEARNING

Such a fun two days, to have world-renouned British chef Gordon Ramsay visit us. He came with National Geographic for his “Uncharted” series to learn from us what all the fuss was about Istrian olive oil – we kindly explained!

While with us we taught him how we prune the trees, challenging him to do it on the old “skalun” ladders that were used in the past. 

After that we tasted the oils together and Gordon described our Exclusive Selection as the “creme de la creme” of oilve oils and that he will be telling the Italians that they have some serious competion from Istria.

We finished with a meal cooked by Gordon in beautiful Roving.

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The heart of everything we do is our olive grove located, just three kilometers from the shop, in the gently surrounding hills of Vodnjan. There is so much to learn about, especially the history of the land, going back to Roman times and before. Perhaps the most magical part is the views over the Brijuni archipelago, especially at sunset.

BRIST TOURS

The heart of everything we do is our olive grove located, just three kilometers from the shop, in the gently surrounding hills of Vodnjan. There is so much to learn about, especially the history of the land, going back to Roman times and before. Perhaps the most magical part is the views over the Brijuni archipelago, especially at sunset.

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"A wonderful tour & sunset dinner at the olive grove"

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We visited Croatia for the first time a few weeks ago and had the pleasure to take part in one of the guided tours through the olive grove following a sunset dinner and oil tasting – and it was simply perfect. Paul was the best guide ever – it was so much fun getting to know, how the Oil is produced and to see how much effort they put in this family business. Paul’s wife gave a great olive oil tasting and the tour ended with an amazing sunset + good food & wine. I can fully recommend the tour and of course the beautyful shop in Vodnjan. We will come back for sure.
 

Ania K. Jul 2019 • Family

An Evening Under Olives.

The Santa Margherita Olive Grove is a very special place on a summer evening. As the sun sets over the Brijuni Islands join us for a walk through our grove. After an expert tasting you can enjoy a light evening meal of Istrian traditional food. As darkness falls and the stars come out enjoy great company by lantern and candlelight in, what for us is a magical place. 

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WEBSHOP & OILS

Brist Olive are delighted to present a range of extra virgin olive oils. Brist Oleum is a high quality oil, popular with top restaurants and great for both cooking and finishing dishes. Brist Premium offers a choice of three tasting experiences – delicate, harmonious and intense. Finally, there is Brist Exclusive Selection, created from hand picked and hand selected olives grown on century old trees, seasoned a life time in the perfect growing environment of Vodnjan.

WHY ISTRIA IS SPECIAL

BRIST extra virgin olive oils, are all domestically produced from traditionally native Istrian olive sorts. These olives have been grown for thousands of years on this small peninsula with its uniquely suited micro-climate. The combination of perfect sunlight, light rain, nutrient rich soil and fresh sea salted winds give this small region unsurpassed olive growing conditions and now a growing reputation again for world class oils. It is known that during the time of ancient Rome, Istrian olive oil was considered, throughout the empire, to be the finest.

Our new design is inspired by guests wanting to know more about our family and the Sta. Margherita Olive Grove, where our olives are grown. More and more guests are choosing to visit our grove to get a real feeling for what olive oil is really all about and why we are passionate about making it.

INSPIRATION & DESIGN

Tina Erman Popović is our young and very talented designer, and an Istrian local. What makes her extra special is that she can work well with Paul and me and also have a strong design sense. There is a story behind our design which is about the elements of what we do and what inspires us. You can just enjoy the visual beauty of the bottles or you can dig a little deeper if you wish to – we are always happy to share the story if asked.

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BRIST QUALITY

As much as awards can be considered important in the process of assessing the quality of an olive oil, they are just part of the picture. Beside awards is analysis, whether that be chemical or sensory. Most importantly, however for us, is trusting our own instincts and experience and above all listening openly to the feedback of our guests.

“Highlight of the vacation”

We learned a lot about olive oil and had a wonderful day in the shop and on the tour with Paul and his family! It was definitely a highlight of our vacation. You seldom see such a passion for a product and you can feel it immediately when trying it and in the atmosphere. No other olive oil comes into our house!

Thanks Paul and family!!!

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AWARDS

Brist are proud to have been named every year since its beginning in the internationally respected world guide book on extra virgin olive oils – Flos Olei. We also received two “World top 20” awards in 2019 & 2020 and most recently a gold in the prestigious New York olive oil competition in 2020. Come, do a free tasting with us in Vodnjan or visit our grove and learn why this region is so special for olive oil.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

World's Top 20
Champion Awards
International Awards
Gold Medals
All Awards
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ABOUT US

As a family we love sharing our passion for high quality extra virgin olive oil, ethically locally produced food and why these things mean so much to us. It is our great pleasure to share with you, your family or group as much knowledge and insight as we possibly can. We are deeply appreciative of the positive feedback we have received to date and hope that your experience with us will be equally positive, educational and fun.

From the generations of our family gathering the olives at harvest time, to our oil reaching your family table, the ethos of Brist remains professional but ultimately a family, and a family friendly endeavour. From our family to yours, we wish you great enjoyment of our wonderful, healthy, unique and naturally produced extra virgin olive oils.

 

LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER

One of the things we love most is getting to share time with you and your family. 

For sure we are totally passionate about olive oil but the nicest thing for us is sharing what we do but, also importantly, listening and learning from you and your family. We certainly know a lot about oilve oil but we also know that the life, like nature,  is deeply complex and we love to hear your thoughts to help us better understand it.

We look forward to meeting you and your family in person – there is much to be shared!

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MEDIA

We were delighted to receive Gordan’s request to come and visit us to learn what all the fuss is about Istrian extra virgin olive oil. The two days we spent together were just fantastic and we learned so much from each other, finishing off with Gordon cooking the most amazing …

Intenso in world top-50 oils.

Intenso has joined it’s fellow premium brist olive oils Delicato and Santa Margherita in being awarded in the World’s top 100 oils at EvoOleum world guide book.  Big congrats to Silvano and Lena for crafting such beautiful oils.  Intenso on our Webshop

The BBC visits Brist

As a family we were greatly honored to be asked by the BBC to represent the olive oil experience in Istria. Such a professional team and really fun to work with, it was so encouraging that they really wanted to get a feel for us as a family and what …

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