Olive oil is essential to the cuisine of southern France and some of the finest oil is produced in nearby Grasse, as you will discover during an exclusive tasting at a 500-year-old country farmhouse.
Departing from the pier it’s a picturesque 45-minute drive inland to Grasse, one of the most striking medieval towns in France. Upon arrival, you will transfer to vans and travel an additional 30-minutes to reach Domaine la Royrie, which is inaccessible by large coach. Because of the area’s abundant sunshine and ideal microclimate for growing fragrant flowers such as jasmine and violets, the perfume industry has thrived in Grasse for centuries. Those same climatic conditions nurture the many olive trees around Grasse, especially at the grove at Domaine la Royrie, a farmhouse built in the 15th century.
Once at the farm, you will wander through the groves with Monique and Lionel Brault, the present day owners. As they relate the history of olive oil production in this part of France, you will find that many of the olive trees at Domaine la Royrie date back more than 500 years. Following your guided walk, you’ll take part in a “blind tasting” of the various gold medal-winning olive oils produced here and discover the surprisingly distinct differences in their flavors.
Afterwards, you will have the pleasure of indulging in a lunch of ten local delicacies, all prepared with extra-virgin olive oil from Domaine la Royrie. To add to the ambiance, your lunch will be served in the shade of the farm’s olive trees. It’s a wonderful setting to delight your palate and learn about the long history of olive oil production in the French Riviera. All too soon your visit comes to a close and it will be time to retrace your steps back to the pier in Antibes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing. There are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.