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The path of olives

It's not the title of a children's story. It is one of the attractions offered by the department of Maipú, birthplace of olives and olive farming.

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For some months now, the tourist offer of the Maipu department has diversified. Located 12 kilometers from the City of Mendoza, this place is an icon in terms of the Wine Route and wine tourism in general. However, just over a year ago, he made official a new option for visitors - “The olive tree route”. It is that, much of the oil mills that exist in Mendoza are located in  Maipú . So, tourists, and also Mendoza, can visit these establishments, learn how different products from olives are made and, finally, after so much desire them, try those delicacies.

Olive production areas, such as Maipú, are characterized by having a semi-arid climate with low rainfall, and must complement the water needs of crops with various artificial irrigation systems as in the other provinces of western Argentina.

In Mendoza, a high percentage of the olives produced go to canning, with a predominance of Arauco and Manzanilla varieties. The remaining production is intended for the manufacture of olive oils, mainly Arbequina, Farga, Empeltre and Frantoio.

The tour

On the outskirts of  Maipú , on Ozamis Sur street at 1.491, is Maguay. He has more than 30 years of family experience in the production and marketing of extra virgin olive oils, varietals and olives, all obtained from the cultivation of own olive trees that can be visited.

A couple more blocks, over Ozamis Sur, but at 2731, we reach  Pasrai . The place is recognized for the quality of its oils and olives. Its history dates back to 1920 and spans to this day five generations who have dedicated themselves to continuing this family tradition.

When taking the guided tour, one experiences a real journey into the past. Visitors can learn how it all started thanks to photographs and the story of the guides. So we can see the elementary forms with which olives were previously grown and harvested, and then elaborate the famous olive oil.

Located within the same circuit, also on Calle Ozamis Sur but, in this case, at 1500, is the Simone olive grove. It is open all year for locals and tourists to know the characteristics of their olives and oils. So we can discover a little more how these products are made that reach the daily table of Argentines.

Here, tastings take a separate paragraph, since after the classic guided tour with which the visitor receives the technical explanation of the process of elaboration of oils and the cultivation of olives, different tables served teach anyone who wants to experience what they are treat every product. Just try to begin to understand differences, tastes and aromas. Products are offered to suit all tastes and pockets. Olives are also a world apart.

Extra virgin oil

More than once we have wondered what the legend “extra virgin” means in olive oil containers. The procedure is that olives are crushed and pressed to extract the oil. This oil, product of that first thought, is called “extra virgin”. The one obtained in the following tablets has lower quality.

To this we must add that in order to use the term 'virgin', during the entire manufacturing process, there should be no chemical treatment, as this would reduce quality from the final product, even if only the first pressing was used.

Publication Date: 16/08/2020

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