Private Olive Oil Tasting
Experience the amazing difference the highest quality extra virgin olive oils make. There are thousands of olive varieties and each variety has its own unique flavor and aroma profile. We’ll take you through a private tasting experience of flavors ranging from mild, creamy, grassy, and fruity to peppery, bold, and rich. You’ll learn about Arizona’s only olive farm dedicated solely to the production of extra virgin olive oil, Queen Creek Olive Mill. We’ll explore our history, the process of making extra virgin olive oil, the art of tasting, and how our olive oils can best be used in cooking. Guests will sample nine extra virgin olive oils from our collection including our signature Tuscan Estate, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Meyer Lemon, Bacon, and Roasted Garlic. We’ll also sample our Gourmet Dipping Oil, Pomegranate White Balsamic Vinegar, and Strawberry Balsamic Reduction. This tasting includes our freshly baked artisan bread and is led by a Queen Creek Olive Mill Sapiente (Scholar of Olive Oil Production). $8 per person (minimum of 10 guests required)
Advanced Private Olive Oil Tasting
Add to your group’s tasting event by gaining more in-depth knowledge. In addition to the Private Olive Oil Tasting of nine oils, we’ll explore how to best taste and evaluate olive oils using a sensory wheel. Guests will gain an invaluable education in olive oil tasting, learn the professional olive oil tasting terms and the difference color, bouquet, and taste make. Each oil will be evaluated on an objective assessment utilizing the International Olive Council (IOC) Tasting Evaluation Form. GUests will depart with a 250 ml bottle of our signature Tuscan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This tasting includes our freshly baked artisan bread and is led by Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Master Olive Oil Sommelier, Perry Rea. $23 per person (minimum of 5 guests required).
Private Wine Tastings:
Enjoy a private wine tasting at a special location selected for you at the Mill. Your tasting will be led by our in-house Wine Specialist and can precede or follow your group’s catered or box lunch. Our Tours & Events Department will work with you to plan a special wine tasting event from one of the following options:
Queen Creek Olive Mill specializes in Italian wines. Guests will sample five wines from five different wine regions in Italy. Choose from two whites & three reds, all whites, or all reds (depending on your group’s preference). Our in-house Wine Specialist will explore the grape varietals grown in the selected wine regions of Italy, share the history of the wineries represented and discuss the tasting profiles of the wines. $25 per person (minimum of 5 guests required; discount is offered for groups larger than 15).
Take a trip around the world with wine. We’ll taste three selections of Old World Wines from Italy and Spain, one wine from Argentina, and one wine from North America. Our in-house Wine Specialist will explore the grape varietals selected for the tasting, share the history of the wineries represented and discuss the tasting profiles of the wines. $25 per person (minimum of 5 guests required; discount is offered for groups larger than 15).
Arizona has recently been recognized as an up and coming wine region in the United States. With three major growing regions, all in the high desert, we will explore five wines from the Sonoita/Elgin region, the Wilcox area in Cochise County, and the Verde Valley where grapes are grown to almost 6,000 feet. Guests will learn the history of Arizona’s wineries and discuss the tasting profiles of the wines. $25 per person (minimum of 5 guests required; discount is offered for groups larger than 15).
Packaged Tours require reservations. To make reservations or for more information please contact our Tours & Events Department at 480.888.9290, option 5