The ultimate pantry go-to, our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend & seasonal single varietal offerings begin and conclude their journey right here on our farm before making their way into your kitchen. Made from several olive varietals that are grown in the sun and soil on the slopes of the Simonsberg, the entire process takes place under the expert care of our ‘olive oil sommelier’, Klaas Stoffberg and his team: from traditional hand-harvesting to cold-pressing to decanting into our uniquely designed tins.
Our philosophy in the creation of our olive oils – one that unites sophisticated international methods with a passionate artisanal approach – has led to local and international recognition in the form of several prestigious awards as well as our most important benchmark, the approval of foodies who have come to appreciate the freshness and unique flavour of our liquid gold.
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tour
Time 11h00, 13h00 or 15h00 (duration 60 min)
Maximum 6 guests
The walking tour starts with a visit to our balsamic vinegar cellar, where guests will gain insight into the traditional methods and production processes used to create our DOP-style vinegar, and taste both our three-year-old and twelve-year-old balsamic vinegars. This is followed by a behind-the-scenes look at how Babylonstoren’s table olives are made in our olive production plant and sample the varieties on offer. After the tasting, the process of transforming olives into golden olive oil in our cold press process is explained in the olive press. Finally, it’s time to taste our olive oils. Guests can create their own 100ml blend of the different oils to take home as a small keepsake.
Cost R200 per person (includes tasting). Payment required to secure booking.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend
Our popular Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend is made from five olive varietals grown on our farm and has a gentle aroma with notes of florals and fresh herbs, most markedly mint. A nutty start on the palate runs into a pleasantly bitter and peppery taste for which true cold-extracted, fresh-from-harvest extra virgin olive oil is so celebrated.
Immensely versatile and distinguished by its golden-green hue, use our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend to soak into chunky bread, drizzle over pasta, dress a simple salad or roast chicken or perk up grilled fruits served with soft cheese for a gorgeous dessert.
Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Considered one of Italy’s most noble olive varietals and deeply connected to the Tuscan landscape, our local Frantoio crop has yielded this very special single varietal extra virgin olive oil.
Made distinctive by its intense green hue with a golden sheen, the unique fragrance is characterised by dried herbs, floral tones, almonds, green apples and freshly-cut grass. Delightfully piquant, the flavour of our Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is distinguished by a robust but pleasant peppery, bitter taste.
Enjoy this superlative oil for dipping with rustic bread, over seasonal salads, pasta dishes, Turkish and Moroccan cuisine, with fish and seafood or elevate a simple platter of tomatoes into something magnificent.
"Unlike wine, olive oil does not mature with age – it should be consumed as fresh as possible to enjoy its full flavour and derive the most advantage from its culinary as well as health benefits."