Tour, Shop, Eat, Repeat at the Olive Mill
Queen Creek Olive Mill is an Agriturismo experience at its best - we've got something for everyone. Our daily tour offers something only a working olive mill can provide here in Arizona. Even if you know a thing or two about olive oil and how it is made, we guarantee you will learn something you didn't know. Get up close and personal with our olive press, and if you come at the right time, even see it in action!
Our gourmet marketplace is a locavore's dream. From our vast selection of Arizona made extra virgin olive oils, to our mouthwatering balsamic vinegars and reductions, to our tasty stuffed olives and gourmet tapenades, it's safe to say we have it all! We also carry a selection of noteworthy local purveyors such as Hayden Flours Mills, Cerreta Candy Company, Mediterra Bakehouse, Superstition Coffee (our in-house roastery) and Valley Honey Co.
You can also experience our Italian inspired Eatery when you visit. We use local and garden-sourced ingredients to create our healthy and delicious cuisine and, more importantly, showcase how extra virgin olive oil can be used in your kitchen everyday.
Last week, I took my grandma to the Queen Creek Olive Mill for a blogger tour and tasting. My parents love the Olive Mill and I had been once before and really liked it (Stacie posted about our first trip here). I was so excited to hear about the event and even more excited that it was held on one of my days off.
Our tour began with an olive oil tasting, led by Perry, the owner of the Queen Creek Olive Mill. Perry told us about the history of the mill and how he got started. Perry and his wife Brenda were visiting from Detroit when they saw the abundance of olive trees and deciding to move to Arizona to make olive oil. All of the olive oil flavors they make start with extra virgin olive oil made from Arizona olive trees. The different varieties get their flavors in different ways, for example, the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is made by cold-pressing whole lemons with the olives, and the Chile Olive Oil uses dried chiles infused in extra virgin olive oil.
During our tasting, we sampled five different flavors of olive oil and a balsamic glaze. Perry is a certified olive oil sommelier, so he taught us how to taste the olive oil correctly and what qualities to look for in the different oils. He also gave tips on what to use each oil for. We also got to sample their new limited edition Peach White Balsamic Glaze. They make a batch every spring and it sells out quickly every time. After the tasting, we went inside and saw the machines that make the oil. It was interesting to see all of the steps involved in turning olives into olive oil.
After the tour, we were treated to several different varieties of bruschetta. In addition to being an actual mill and a store, the Queen Creek Olive Mill houses a coffee shop and an eatery featuring everything from gelato and fresh bread to salads and cupcakes. It’s a nice way to showcase how the different olive oils and vinegars they make can be used in cooking.
I tasted three types of bruschetta. One was made with chardonnay herb mascarpone, green apple, and Delicate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one with honey mascarpone, port wine grapes, Fig Balsamic, and Balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a seasonal variety using peaches. I really liked all three although the one with the grapes was my favorite.
My grandma also tried the seasonal peach bruschetta along with the hummus, Sweet Red Pepper Olive Tapenade, and Delicate Extra Virgin Olive Oil and caprese options. I was really impressed with all of the food and will definitely go back and eat there again!
Thank you, Mollie and Stacie! We are overwhelmed with happiness when our guests not only enjoy their time here at Queen Creek Olive Mill, but share it! You girls are awesome!
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