Experience - Naro

Val Paradiso
OLIVE OIL MILL, ACADEMY AND TOURS

Engaging experiential tours are born from the passion for extra virgin olive oil

Val Paradiso is a Sicilian farm of excellence. It was born in 1980 among hectares of Saracen olive trees in Naro, the fertile heart of the Agrigento area, to create products that inebriate the senses and delight the palate. Val Paradiso extra virgin olive oils are, in fact, increasingly awarded and requested nationally and internationally for their excellent quality. From the experience of the olive oil mill was born the Val Paradiso Academy, a place with dedicated spaces: a kitchen, a tasting room and a large living room, supporting both a real “school of oil and Sicilian traditions” and the “Experiential Tours” that transmit “knowledge” through the five senses. Three guided tours aimed at all lovers of the world of oil, to those who want to know more for professional reasons, to those who want to discover the territory where Val Paradiso is located by visiting the most evocative corners of the city of Naro, its baroque, its churches and its medieval castle.

Next to the already highly sought-after blends, the three Val Paradiso monovarietals have recently been introduced: Tonda Iblea, Nocellara, and Biancolilla. A trio capable of offering all enthusiasts a sensory tour in Sicily, exploring the most renowned and beloved Sicilian cultivars. The journey begins with Nocellara del Belice, characterized by a distinctive fruity profile of tomato and artichoke, with pronounced bitter and spicy notes. Moving towards the central part of the island, encompassing Sciacca, Caltabellotta, Agrigento, Favara, Licata, and Caltanissetta, stands out Biancolilla, a more delicate variety with hints of green almond, artichoke, and freshly mowed grass, featuring milder bitterness and spiciness. The tour concludes in the eastern part of Sicily, with Tonda Iblea taking the spotlight in the Ragusa and Syracuse territories. It boasts an intense and elegant fruity aroma, with hints of mowed grass, wild herbs, and aromatic herbs. Three single-cultivar IGP extra virgin olive oils that narrate the diverse nuances of Sicily to the palate.

Each tour must be booked at least 2 days in advance

1.Tour Val Paradiso Experience:Duration h 1:30 – Language IT – minimum 2 pax, maximum 30 pax. The tour begins with a walk in the countryside among the organic olive groves where an expert agronomist will explain the cultivation techniques, pruning, harvesting and all the secrets of Val Paradiso Oil. We will move to the mill to discover the processes of oil extraction, storage and storage in the cellar; we will visit the bottling room and then the final tasting of bread and oil at the Val Paradiso Academy “Sicilian oil school”. In the months of October and November, harvest season, you can participate directly in all activities.

2. Tour Val Paradiso & Sicilian FoodDuration h 2:30 – Language IT – minimum 6 pax, maximum 30 pax. A tour inspired by the tradition of Sicilian Street food, a journey through flavors, smells and typical dishes of the culinary identity of the island, where oil is the protagonist: “pani cunzatu”, arancini, bread and panelle, sfincione, schiacciata, “crocchè”, pizza, cheeses and typical cold cuts. All this after visiting the Val Paradiso farm, the olive groves and fields conducted organically, the oil mill where the oil extraction processes will be explained, the cellar where the extra virgin olive oil produced is stored and finally the bottling room.

3. Tour Olio, Barocco e Vino. Duration h 4:00 – Language IT – minimum 2 pax, maximum 30 pax. This tour was born from the collaboration between the Val Paradiso company and Bonsignore Baglio e Vigne to offer a complete travel experience among olive groves, vineyards and the splendid baroque of Naro. A tour dedicated to taste, art and territory. We will discover the magnificent Chiaramonte Castle, the sublime church of S. Francesco with its rich Baroque façade. Afterwards we will visit the lush organic olive groves of Val Paradiso and the oil mill to discover the oil production processes that we will taste in the “Accademia”. The tour is completed at Bonsignore Baglio e Vigne with a visit to the vineyards, wine tasting in the cellar and the evocative welcome in the renovated baglio of the eighteenth century.

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