The world-wide wine Industry has grown exponentially and so, too, has the consumer’s love of wine and all things wine related…including wine tours. You can take a wine tour almost anywhere in the world. But with the growing interest in health and wellness, and with Wellness Travel trending, there’s a new rising star trending in Culinary Tourism and agri-tourism – Olive Tourism.
Arizona Desert is reminiscent of the Southern Mediterranean; its hot arid climate make it an excellent olive growing region. Here, Olive Tourism flourishes in the outskirts of the town of Queen Creek – at Queen Creek Olive Mill, Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill. With over 7,000 trees, 16 varieties on approximately 100 acres, Queen Creek Olive Mill rivals some of the older and possibly better-known Olive Groves in other parts of the country… and even Europe. Growing organically and beautifully, they have formed strategic relationships with farmers in Yuma and California – ensuring sustainable farming practices from planting techniques to pressing methods, and producing real, delicious extra virgin olive oil.
A true ‘destination for olive enthusiasts,’ Queen Creek Olive Mill offers tours throughout the day. Guests can learn about the history of the mill, qualities and standards for olive oil, discover more about the health benefits of olive oil & why it’s important to ‘Know Your Farmer,’ and their growing practices, and how these things all contribute to higher standards in selecting premium oils. Guests also learn how to correctly do olive oil tastings.
Once done with a tour, guests can peruse the large retail store – another ‘touring and tasting’ opportunity, as they ‘taste’ their way through aisles of specialty olives, stuffed olives, olive oils (yes, you CAN keep tasting a variety of oils even in the store), sauces, jams, jellies… and even cupcakes – everything and anything imaginable using olives or olive oil can be found in this Olive Gourmand’s Mecca! And for home and body, there are even Spa products here featuring beneficial olive oil!
PRIVATE OLIVE OIL TASTINGS
An excellent opportunity for groups and families, guests can even book Private Tastings. Here guests can enjoy the surrounding olive grove while sitting under a covered pergola, or on the shaded patio, as they partake in Private Olive Oil Tastings – one of many Culinary Experiences guests can book at Queen Creek Olive Mill.
Visitors to Queen Creek Olive Mill can also enjoy culinary experiences and special culinary events ranging from Lunch and Learns, Pizza Creation Classes, or Private Olive Oil Tastings. The Mill’s staff can also build a Custom Package to fit Group Travelers’ needs.
Queen Creek Olive Mill’s 100-acre property features multiple spaces to accommodate any group or type of special occasion. Whether it’s an elegant dining experience featuring local products, corporate holiday party, birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, graduation party, dinner rehearsal, or a simple family gathering picnic featuring games and activities in their front olive grove, such as corn hole and bocce ball, Queen Creek Olive Mill is the place for you. More…