Built at the end of the 16th century, in the heart of the village, the Moulin du Vieux Chateau is the symbol of the rebirth of Merindol after the persecutions and the massacre of the Vaudois in 1545. The Mill belonged to the Lord of the village. The local farmers had to bring their harvest and leave 1/6th of their production as a tax. For 4 centuries oil production has continued beneath its vaults witness to history and hard labour.
Today at the Boudoire Mill, this knowledge and the culture of taste carries on.
Several categories of olive oil are available at the Moulin du Vieux Château :
Opening hours : Tue – Sat 10.00 – 12.30
In the 17th century, the equipment used was quite developped for its time. The olives were crushed using an upright millstone pulled by animals (donkeys, oxen, horses). This is the « blood mill » which was to last for 3 more centuries in France.
The paste obtained was put in special baskets made from natural fibres called « scourtins ». This paste was obtained by using a wooden screw press and the force of 2 or 3 strong men The juice obtained contained the oil and the vegetable water from the olives.
For your first order we will wait for your payment :
Nous envoyons que des bidons en plastiques pour des raisons de sécurité.