March 19, 2018

Staying with an Olive Oil Sommelier in Greece: Eumelia in the Peloponnese

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Eumelia Agro Turismo Greece

Deep beneath the scorched sun of the Peloponnese, the Eumelia luxury eco-farm comes from a couple jaded by politics who, quite literally, decided they wanted to get back down to earth.

The earth in question is red and dry and crunches underfoot. Rippling boardwalks surf across the dust to connect the five cabins to the main building where boutique chic mixes with an informal, folksy homestay.

Greece’s financial troubles and the EU brouhaha around them have few silver linings - but the birth of Eumelia Agroturismo is one. Or perhaps “gold” lining would be more appropriate since that’s the nickname of the olive oil that flows so freely here.

Eumelia Farm and Guesthouse

Recommended reading: 27 Ways Food and Travel Go Together (Not just for "Foodies")

Striking Design, Authentic Activities at Eumelia

The rooms themselves are striking, blending raw cement starkness with soft linens and an unsurprising urge to recycle as you cook.

But it’s the landscape and the activities that make a stay, in fact, a journey here worthwhile.

Making soap in the Peloponnese greece

For it’s here that you get the chance to experience what I’d otherwise only been able to guess at as I’d watched olive grove after olive grove roll by the window.

Exploring more of those olive groves. Cooking with local ingredients. Hearing local stories. Making friends with children. And stirring into a fever to make my own, ever so softly scented soap.

Cooking lessons at Eumelia

Related: Bringing Art to the Beach: Hotel Costa Navarino, Greece

Olive Oil Tasting with an Olive Oil Sommelier

You’ve heard of a wine sommelier, but have you heard about an olive oil sommelier?

Olive oil is big, big business in the Mediterranean with tastings, contests and a clash between cultural history and modern farming practice that shows no sign of fading out any time soon.

I’d previously been olive picking and helped crush my own olive oil in Andalusia, Spain. Here in Laconia, I got the chance to explore the more refined end of the spectrum of olive oil production: the tasting.

Catch the video below (if for some reason, you can't see it - do head to the review on the main blog.)

Olive oil tasting Eumelia Greece

A Stay at Eumelia in Review

Family Friendly?

Absolutely! We felt so welcome with Rosa, she could join in the classes and wander around the main room, playing with toys. She even made friends with the owners' little one.


In Laconia in the Peloponnese. Check out this article for a guide to driving the Peloponnese, complete with map and suggestions of things to do nearby.

Unusual Fact

A lot of philosophy went into the design of the complex, including the prompt to take stock and remember to look up at the sky.

Rooms at Eumelia Agrotourismo in Greece

Who is it for?

People who want to get off the beaten track and explore farming practices in Greece with a chic twist.

Who is not for?

People looking for busy nightlife or the trappings of a large hotel resort.

Organic farming at Eumelia Peloponnese Greece

Disclosure - I travelled through the Peloponnese as a guest with activities and accommodation hosted for review purposes. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Otherwise, there's just no point. 

Sun shines in the Peloponnese Greece

Authentic eco farm stay in Greece - a lovely place to stay in the Peloponnese

More on Travel in Greece & the Peloponnese

Start with our collection of beautiful and unusual things to do in Greece and then delve deeper into the Greek archives.

In particular, look for the Peloponnese road trip itinerary and guide to things to do in Kalamata.

And don't forget Athens (as if you could!) Find unusual things to do in Athens, retrace the steps of Plato with a philosophy tour and indulge with our Athens Food Guide.



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  • federico pugliese says:

    olive oil and dont forget yogurt please

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