The Olive Grove

La Mouissone has produced olives from its 250 trees, in some cases, for many hundreds of years.

The property is almost unique in this area in being distributed across the slopes of a hillside. Most olive groves are on flat terrain, with many fewer inclines.

Ninety per cent of our trees are of the Cailletier variety. This is the tallest of the olive trees, and is mostly found around Nice. Because of the high percentage of one variety, we are able to declare the produce emanating from the olives as 'AOC' Olives de Nice (Appellation d'Origine Controllée).

Our 'oleiculture', or olive man, regularly wins gold medals for his produce in the Concours Général Agricole, held annually in Paris. In 2012 his gold medal was awarded for Pate d'Olive, an olive paste used as a spread or for seasoning sauces, and - we think - more delicious than tapenade!