Cooking Holiday Greece with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

Live in an organic farm and venture into the gardens to pick vegetables to cook your farm to table meals. Learn about the local cuisine, delicacies, and their culinary history. Taste natural wines and feel the love that created them. Learn about olive oil, the liquid gold and its health benefits. Dance to the ancient rhythms. Speak as a Greek and learn how to order or shop for your food. Travel in the steps of Leonidas and the last Byzantine emperor in Laconia, a diverse destination in the Peloponnese in southern Greece that includes a vast range of ancient sites, culture, historical monuments, museums, beaches, and picturesque villages on the mountains or by the sea side. Enjoy a week-long culinary tour of the region in one amazing vacation package!

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Frangiskos & Marilena
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Highlights

  • Organic farm to table cooking classes
  • Olive oil, olive tasting, and natural soap making
  • Wine tasting and food pairing of Greek natural wines
  • Explore amazing castle town of Monemvasia and Mani region
  • Greek language lesson and live music and dancing under the stars
  • Daily organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights’ accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet
  • Patio

Eumelia, which means harmony, is a unique sustainable development agrotourism and ecotourism accommodation. Eumelia host yoga retreats, organic and weddings as well as workshops and events for wellbeing. Wine, olive oil makers, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes with organic farm to table gastronomy. Olive picking and grape harvest and other agricultural activities. Eumelia’s organic farm is designed along the principles of homeodynamic / biodynamic / permaculture and the accommodation facilities are created using entirely eco-friendly materials and technology, such as recycling, compost, geothermic heating / cooling, and water recycling. Located in the prefecture of Laconia near the village of Gouves, we welcome visitors from Greece and around the world to visit Eumelia throughout the year.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival at Eumelia
  • Welcome farm to table dinner. The chef will prepare for you an organic and zero kilometer meal. Eumelia’s organic vegetables are combined with local delicacies and form a unique gastronomic experience.

Day 2

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast, including some of Eumelia’s specialties such as lavender butter cookies, rosemary chocolate cake, freshly handmade bread with figs or olives, and infusions with wild herbs from the farm.
  • Sustainability tour of the organic farm and guesthouse, learn and come in contact with the Greek agricultural landscape. The aim and wish is to establish a sustainable example of an ecotourism / agrotourism / education / culture space that receives, entertains and educates visitors as well as the local population on issues such as environment, environmental technology, organic farming methods, alternative health, sustainability, self-sustainability and progressive educational tools.
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch: Learn all the secrets of the local Laconic gastronomy with the guidance of the farm chef. Prepare and bake your own sourdough bread made with locally sourced and milled organic flour. Pick fresh eatable wild greens from the farm and learn to prepare filo dough and make that famous local pitas. Pick the vegetables and herbs you need from Eumelia’s organic gardens and herb spiral and prepare your own local cuisine traditional meals with a twist. From farm to your table, prepare and cook an organic, traditional, local cuisine and zero kilometer meal. The organic vegetables and the famous organic olive oil are combined with local delicacies to offer you a unique gastronomic experience. Put together the gastronomic puzzle of the region, boil, bake and create special dishes from the symphony of local products.
  • Basic Greek culinary language class: Learn basic culinary Greek and know your way around a Greek kitchen, when you order your food at a taverna or shopping for food in a local market.
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 3

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Set off on your first daily trip towards sea side town of Neapoli and head towards Kastania Cave: One of the most impressive caves of Greece can be found near the village of Kastania on the southern tip of the Peloponnese. The route follows the winding mountain road leading to the forest-covered eastern slopes of Mt. Parnon. Rich in density and variety of shapes, colors and figures, Kastania Cave is classified as second of its kind in Europe. Nature needed three million years to create this fantasyscape with its unparalleled décor and numerous impressive formations.
  • Cooking expo and lunch at Neraida (Neraida means fairy in Greek), which is deservedly considered among the best and most special taverns of Laconia and the whole Peloponnese. A very sophisticated space emanating an air of a familiar bygone era, a genuine, warm hospitality and of course an inspired cuisine with most of the ingredients produced by the owners. They make with their own hands the basics (bread, olive oil and wine), as well as other products such as syglino (a sort of smoked ham), olives, various liqueurs, yogurt, pies and all the sweets and all the other ingredients are carefully selected and sourced from local producers.
  • Head to the seaside Byzantine Castletown of Monemvasia.
  • Liqueur tasting, local fermented honey and other local specialties tasting with a view of the sea and surrounded by Byzantine architecture.
  • Dinner in Monemvasia in the best restaurant in the castle with a culinary history of over 50 years
  • Return to Eumelia.

Day 4

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch
  • Wine tasting of Greek natural wines and food pairing. Discover the Greek grape varieties through five natural organic wines paired with local cheeses and cured meat. Walk among Eumelia’s organic vineyards and learn the history of wine in Greece and the biodynamic practices that we follow.
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 5

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Begin your second daily visit of the region and this time you head to the historic area of Mani, filled with small stone castles and a raged terrain unmatched in beauty. You will visit the historic towns of Gytheio and Areopolis and head to the seaside town of Limeni with its theatrical backstage landscape and architecture. You will see how the local delicacy “Pasteli” (a honey sesame bar) is created and taste a freshly baked variety.
  • Enjoy lunch by the seaside in one of the most amazing locations and enjoy fresh seafood in the town of Limeni.
  • Head back to Gytheio for an afternoon drink with a background stage of neoclassical buildings and the picturesque port.
  • Dinner in Gytheio town in the best restaurant with view of the port
  • Return to Eumelia .

Day 6

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Olive oil and olive tasting. Learn all the secrets of the green gold of Greece, how to distinguish a fresh extra virgin olive oil, the eatable Greek olive varieties and how to store your olive oil properly. Meet the perennial olive trees that age more than 2000 years - you can even hide in their trunks!
  • Farm to table lunch
  • Natural olive oil soap making. Experience firsthand how to make your own natural soap. Select the herbs of your choice, combine them with organic extra virgin olive oil from our farm and make your personal soap bar with the natural cold method.
  • Farm to table dinner

Day 7

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Local cuisine cooking class with a twist and lunch
  • Live music and dance with an amazing local band playing “rebetika” songs (referred to as Greek blues) and dinner with a large variety of mezzedes (small appetizers dishes)

Day 8

  • Organic homemade handmade breakfast
  • Departure from Eumelia
  • Visit Ancient Sparta and have a guided tour by an archeologist of the city state that inspired millennia of history.
  • Visit one of the nine olive oil museums in the world and see the history and tools used throughout the centuries to produce the liquid gold.
  • Lunch at one of most unique tavernas in Laconia.

Instructors

Frangiskos Karelas
Frangiskos is a founder and President of Homeodynamic Development S.A. the parent company of Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm and Guesthouse. Permaculture diploma with more than 13 years of experience in sustainability, agrotourism, and ecotourism, he has trained thousands of people from around the world. Certified olive oil & olive sommelier.
Marilena Karadima
Marilena is MA in International Economics Panteon University, Head of European Funding Programs Laconia Chamber of Commerce, Project Manager European Vocational Training Programs. Head of tasting seminars and organic agricultural product development for Eumelia Organic Farm and Guesthouse. Certified wine sommelier WSET Diploma (Level 3), certified olive oil and olive sommelier Kalamata Olive Oil Taste Laboratory T.E.I. Peloponnese. Speaks English, French, Spanish, and Greek.

Location

Laconia is a diverse destination in the Peloponnese in southern Greece that includes a vast range of ancient sites, culture, historical monuments, museums, beaches, and picturesque villages on the mountains or by the sea side. The Laconic Gulf between the two mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas provide the area with an amazing variety of experiences from local cuisine, architecture, nature, scenery with alternating horizons and backgrounds.

There are a number of activities that you can enjoy in this magnificent part of the world, cave exploration in Diros, visit a petrified forest in Cape Maleas, go to the end of the world as it was known in ancient Greece in Cape Taineron and the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. Surf, scuba dive, mountain bike, hike up on the mountain ranges of Taygetos & Parnonas, visit the ancient port of Sparta near Gytheio, walk around the medieval castle town of Monemvasia. Walk along the monasteries and churches in Mystras home to the last Byzantine Emperor, experience the rugged beauty of the stone home fortresses of the Mani region. Walk around the delta of the river of Evrotas, a Natura protected natural habitat. Live in ancient Sparta, feel the mighty strength of this ancient Greek state.

Features

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Patio

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

This holiday includes Greek slow food culinary and gastronomic experience, 3 meals per day (organic breakfast made from Eumelia’s organic products, lunch, and dinner). They take great care and choose carefully the taverns and restaurants based on their atmosphere and quality of the local and regional cuisine. All meals after breakfast include wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Agritourism activities
  • Massage
  • Mountain bikes
  • Nature walks
  • Yoga

What's included

  • Cooking course: A cooking lesson in local homemade cuisine from an expert cook
  • Workshops
  • Wine tastings: Taste regional and Laconic varieties including small local producers and wineries
  • Tastings of local products: Laconia has a amazing variety of local products for you to taste and experience, famous olive oil and olives, herbs, local meats and sweets
  • Entrance fee for all planned visits to museums and monuments
  • Nature walks
  • Picnic: A small surprise for one of your walks
  • Beach and seaside time: The Greek sea experience is a must and not to be missed
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide: At all times to assist you and introduce to the Laconic beauty
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 meals per day (organic breakfast made from Eumelia's organic products, lunch, and dinner)
  • All ground transportation during the tour

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Kalamata International Airport. Transfers are provided for 150 EUR each way. Transfers from and to Athens International Airport are 300 EUR one way or 500 EUR both ways.

Driving directions from Athens

  • From Athens, take the national highway Α8 / E94 towards Corinth
  • Then take highway Α7 / Ε65 to Tripoli and from there you continue towards Kalamata on the Α7/Ε65
  • Take exit 14 Lefktro towards Sparta on the A71 and then take the exit to Sparti
  • Take the direction to Gytheio on the E961 and you turn right at the sign post with direction to the town of Monemvasia
  • Go through the town of Skala then you head towards the village of Vlachioti
  • After passing through the village of Vlachioti, turn left at the sign post Gouves and head towards the village of Gouves
  • When you reach the village on your left hand side you will see a church in a corner, make a left turn there and follow the sign posts to the farm.

Arrival by bus

You can take the bus to Vlachiotis town bus station. From there, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to Eumelia.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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