Olive Harvest on the French Riviera
Grape harvest season may be well and truly over, but the shorter days and cooler nights of November can only mean one thing – the turn of the olives on the French Riviera. The harvest season officially kicked off on October 27th.
There are some 300,000 olive trees in the Alpes Maritimes
Olives in the Var
In 2004, Gerry and Mark Whitcombe-Power found the Domaine des Escavalins, a magical place in the heart of the Var, high in the wild hills by the national park of Sainte-Baume above the village of Belgentier. They planted 2,000 olive trees to produce their olive oil of Provence. Under AOC regulations, 80 percent could only be of regional varieties, which, here in mid-Var, might be the Bouteillan, Aglandou or Cayon. The remaining 20 percent could be of more specifically local species, with 5 percent of that being of one’s personal preference. The Escavalins groves include Rougeonne de Signe, Pardiguier, Brun (common in the valley of Cuers), Cayet Roux and others. Continue reading here about olive oil from the Var.