Polai, our own olive oil

Olive oil, a symbol of the Mediterranean, has always been much more than ordinary food. The production of olive oil in Istria has been for thousands of years and for the high quality of Istrian olive oil primarily Istrian olive growers. In international contests, the Istrian olive oils relate to the titles of one of the best in the world.

The olive growers from Istria, 50 of them, have entered this year's edition of the specialized guide, Flos Olei, which presents a review of the best extra virgin olive oil in 2016, selecting them among the producers from more than 40 countries around the world.

Extra virgin

"Polai" olive oil we produce is a multisorted olive oil. It is obtained by mixing the fruits of various autochthonous and indigenous varieties such as Buža, lecina, pendoline, Frantoia and Cipressine. The taste obtained through a combination of varieties is a continuation of the Istrian olive tradition and results in a special and distinctive flavor. More than 450 olives we currently have are located in 2 locations, ie olive groves in the village of Peroj, Vodnjan municipality.

You can taste the olive oil in each of our 3 suites and experience the taste and tradition of the Istre through the drops of this green "gold".

Through the history

1. Ancient Greece
The knowledge about breeding and processing of olive oil in Croatia, primarily on the coast and the islands, was brought by Greeks, and continued to cultivate the Romans who considered olive oil from Istria to be one of the best in the whole empire. Apart from the written evidence of the exceptional quality of Istrian oil, the Romans left many remains of antique oil and amphorae along the entire western coast. Olive plants and autochthonous varieties such as Istrian beech, buffalo and carbonate were found in the remains of these remains, while on the island of Brijuni was discovered an olive tree of 1600 years old which still yields fruit.
2. The ancient Romans
The ancient Romans produced "Oleum ex albis olivis", the highest quality olive oil (today's extra virgin). The area of ​​production of ex albis was a triangle between Vodnjan, Barbariga and Fažana. In Fazana (a fishing village near Peroj and the starting port of excursion to the National Park Brijuni), the largest amphora manufactory was also found, with olive oil and wine transported.