Shop & Tastings

Visit us for a free tasting at our shop and experience our full range of olive oils.

Olive Farm Tours

Join one of our tours for an educational, authentic and fun Istrian experience.

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WELCOME

My name is Paul and I am the Irish member of the Puhar family that owns and runs BRIST Olive Oil. I’d like to share a little about my big family, which consist of four generations, who are passionate about producing exceptional extra virgin olive oil from native Istrian varieties. Please enjoy our site, contact us should you have any queries and I hope we will have the chance to meet you in person.

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Our Process

Our olives are grown specifically in antique Roman Villae Rusticae olive groves overlooking the beautiful Brijuni archipelago. In doing this we continue thousands of years of tradition. It is also our belief that in the modern era, the finest olives come from traditionally grown groves on smaller family owned agricultural land.

We have learned that, like the generations of our family, there is so much to learn from the past and the future. Our handpicking method is handed down though millennia and is still the only way to harvest with total care. The future is our use of cutting edge technology in the process of cold-extracted milling. Lastly, the present is the time we get to spend with you sharing our passion.

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THE 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.

Family business

My wife's mum and dad, Ines and Silvano, the inspiration behind Brist. Clearly not taking the job seriously this day!

Opening Times

October – May

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

June – Sept

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

The Brist Shop is:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • young kids & family friendly
 

Shop Location

Address:

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

We are close by:

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

 

Free Tasting & Education

Guests can visit our shop  and enjoy a tasting of the full range of Brist extra virgin olive oils at no cost. It is our pleasure to share this experience with you.

We also stock a limited range of products from exceptional local, regional and international partners.

  • Wines – Babos (Vodnjan)/Arman (Vižinada) 
  • Balsamico – Aceto di Modena
  • Handmade Chocolates – VR Choco-Art (Pula)
  • Natural Olive Cosmetics – Bale 45 Degrees
  • Handmade Ceramics – Marinski (Rijeka)

Shop & Tastings

Lena is our tasting specialist and she is great with all guests. Sharing our knowledge is not just about now, but the future too.

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 off season, it is a good idea to call ahead to ensure that we are open for you. We look forward to meeting you in person.

BBC visit 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 it means to do something we so deeply care about.

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BRIST OLIVE GROVE TOURS

The heart of everything we do is our olive grove located, just 3km 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.

Morning Olive Grove Tour

Great for young families and those looking for an active experience.

MORNING OLIVE GROVE TOUR

Location: Sta Margherita Olive Grove
(optional shop tasting afterwards)

  • a morning time olive farm walking tour
  • a full education on the growing / harvesting process
  • learn all about Istria’s 2000-year olive oil history
  • visit to the (13th century) Sta. Margherita Chapel
  • see the Illyrian (Pre-Roman) archeology of the Histri tribes
  • an optional recommended full tasting at the Brist shop
  • No extra charge for shop tasting afterwards (1 extra hour)

SUNSET OLIVE GROVE TOUR

Location: Sta Margherita Olive Grove
(includes traditional snacks and wine)

  • early evening olive farm walking tour
  • a full education on the growing / harvesting process
  • learn all about Istria’s 2000-year olive oil history
  • visit to the 13th century Sta. Margherita Chapel
  • see the Illyrian (Pre-Roman) archeology of the Histri tribes
  • a guided tasting of Brist ‘Exclusive Selection’ EVOO
  • enjoy light traditional Istrian food and sparkling wine
  • taste all Brist oils with different foods
  • experience sunset over the Brijuni Islands and the stars come out, weather permitting 🙂

Sunset Evening Olive Grove Tour

Great for a very special and memorable experience.

Summer evenings are really special occasions. All of us love to meet people and share experiences when the busy part of the day is done. We run tours just a couple of evenings a week as Lena and I have a young family. For us the the days with tours are great and the days without are great too! Getting the balance right is the trick.

Enjoy a winter tour too...

Being an Irish city boy, I never thought that my life would revolve around the rhythms of nature. That changed years ago, and it is one of the things that I love about living here in Istria and being part of an olive oil family.

Autumn, Winter and spring are also wonderful times to visit the grove and a real opportunity to see behind the scenes of what olive growing is all about. During the cooler parts of the year we do walking tours with optional full tastings in the shop afterwards. Be ready, when nature takes control, it can get a little wild up there…

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BRIST EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS

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.

Inspiration & Design

Learn about our brand design and the inspiration behind it.

THE BRIST RANGE

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.

Our new design, launched for harvest 2018, 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

The challenge for our new designer was to “re-freshen” the brand, keep many of its well known elements, but at the same time find a way to connect the oils back to where they come from, while also highlighting each oils special characteristics. We also wanted the bottle to be beautiful, elegant and engaging. If that wasn’t enough, as clients, we are passionate about design so young designer Tina Erman Popović has a big job on her hands, and we think she did great work.

Thank you Tina, and to our guests and friends, enjoy!

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AWARDS

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.

Competitions

See our full list of national and international awards by clicking here.

Analysis

See all results from expert panel sensory/organoleptic and full chemical analyses.

Feedback

What our guests and partners tell us is especially important. Read more here.

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 a gold in the most prestigious olive oil competition in 2018 in New York. Visit us in Vodnjan and learn why this region is so special for olive oil.

National & International awards and Analysis

Champion Award
Gold Awards
Silvar Awards
Bronze Awards
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REVIEWS & FEEDBACK

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.

What our guests say

We LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about Brist
 
...To be honest this is one of the best experiences we have from our vacation in Croatia. We have visited not only their little store in Vodnjan but also their lovely olive farm. You made our vacation something we love to talk about and to think about.
 
Martina, Miroslav and Alvin (yes, they are also dog friendly)
July 2018

"Glücksgriff - jedem nur zu empfehlen!"

...Wir hätten noch viel länger zwischen den Bäumen wandern und ihm zuhören können! Vielen Dank für diesen wunderschönen Abend - wir fühlten uns nicht wie Besucher sondern wie Freunde! Das bestätigte sich auch, als wir 2 Tage später den kleinen Laden mitten in Vodnjan besuchten! Wir werden wohl kein anderes Olivenöl mehr in unsere Küchen lassen 😉

Petra und Stefan, Sabine und Ingo
Germany

"Wonderful sunset tour"

...Our host, Paul, was really down to earth, easy to understand and made everyone in the group feel welcome. The olive oil tasting and snacks afterwards were delicious and there was plenty of cheese, tomatoes and bread for us vegetarians. We had a great time and would recommend it for everyone visiting Istria.
Eva Hopley
United Kingdom
"Absolutely worth it!"
 
We visited the olive grove of Brist as well as the shop a day later. You just have to take the tour to understand what hard work and passion it takes to make such very high quality product whilst trying to stay in balance with nature!
Wim Pluimers
The Netherlands

"All the positive reviews cannot express how awesome the tour was."

Paul, thanks for the experience, thank your wife for the wonderful snacks and sparkling wine we enjoyed at the sunset and congratulations to you and your hard-working family as you're turning this tour into an unforgettable experience.

Florin Bombeanu
Bucharest, Romania

We are a small family business, and every bit of feedback really matters. We would love you to share your experiences with others as it is so much more valued above anything we can say.

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