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Brist Olive Grove Tours

Reconnecting with nature, your senses and each other.

Welcome to the Santa Margherita olive grove where we invite you to a very special experience with us. Located on the gentle slopes above Vodnjan, and with a view over the Brijuni Islands, our grove is not just about the natural heritage but also about the beautiful cultural heritage to be found there. 

We look forward to meeting you in person. 

Paul & family team.

TOUR OPTIONS

We have two types of tours, an Olive Grove Walking Tour all year round and our very special Evening Under Olives in the summer which is an easy-going walking tour combined with a beautiful late evening picnic under our century old olive trees. See below for more details.

An Evening Under Olives

June – September

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. We have limited places as we always want our tours to be personal and an opportunity to hear a little bit of your story, as we share ours.

Location: Sta. Margherita Olive Grove

Duration: 3-3,5 hours

Includes:

  • early evening olive farm walking tour
  • lead by family members Paul or Lena
  • learn about growing, harvest & production
  • learn about Istria’s 2000-year olive oil history
  • visit the 13th century Sta. Margherita Chapel
  • guided tasting of Brist ‘Exclusive Selection’ 
  • light traditional meal with sparkling wine
  • taste all Brist oils with different dishes
  • experience sunset over the Brijuni Islands
  • watch the stars come out. 🙂

Price:  Adults 300kn / Teens 200kn / Children 100kn / 0-4 years Free

This tour is set on our farm only. The shop can be visited separately, during our shop working hours, for a free full tasting.

We start in the evening after the heat of the day, and discover the story behind our oils. The tour is relaxed, and covers not only the work of an olive farm, but looks at the amazing ecology, history and archaeology of the area. You will learn why these gentle hills around Vodnjan, with a view of the sea, have been considered the perfect place to grow olives for over 2000 years.

After the walking part of the tour we sit and relax under the centennial trees in the very heart of our grove. There we give you an expert tasting on our oils as we enjoy the sunset over the Brijuni Islands. With locally sourced traditional fresh food, sparkling wine and good conversation we stay by candlelight until the stars come out and the night envelops the grove.

Food:

Our evening tours include a selection of Istrian traditional food served with sparkling wine. The light meal is a seasonal, primairly plant based and also contains cheese and cured meats. If you would prefer a vegetarian or vegan option please let us know in the booking “Note”.

Olive Grove Walking Tour

(All Year)

Our walking tours are really something great. With less visitors there is a great opportunity for the tour to really be a great chat and to cover so much more of your questions. We do tours on windy days and rainy days also, and it is wonderful to see the grove in full action when all the elements of nature are at their most intense.

Location: Sta Margherita Olive Farm
(plus optional tasting in our shop in Vodnjan)

Duration: 

75 mins or 2 hours including shop tasting

Includes:

  • an olive farm walking tour
  • lead by family members Paul or Lena
  • learn about growing, harvest & production
  • learn about Istria’s 2000-year olive oil history
  • visit the 13th century Sta. Margherita Chapel
  • optional recommended tasting at our shop
  • No extra charge for shop tasting

Price:  Adults 150kn / Teens 100kn / Children 50kn / 0-4 years Free

These walking tours are set on our farm. However we also recommendation you visit our shop, in Vodnjan town centre, for a full tasting of our oils before or afterwards with no extra charge (if you haven’t already visited us there).

The tour is dynamic, and covers not only the work of an olive farm, but looks at the amazing ecology, history and archaeology of the area. You will learn why these gentle hills around Vodnjan, with a view of the sea, have been considered the perfect place to grow olives for over 2000 years.

 

All of our tours are very interactive and are always a two way conversation about all the many elements that go into producing a world-class oil in a sustainable and ethical way.

We love our tours to be a sharing experience, not just of our thoughts but yours too. Whether you visit us as a couple to relax and recharge your batteries or come to us with your children to enjoy the wonderful energy at the heart of everything we do, you are very welcome.

We hope to see you soon.

Paul & Lena.

Enjoy a winter tour too...

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 on our olive grove, but the wildness is beautiful…

We are a small family so our tours are on limited days shown below. If you are a group of 8 or more, it may be possible to request a different day.

An Evening Under Olives

Walking Tour

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