At Sete Quintas you can visit and ancient olive oil museum, abandoned over 70 years ago, among all the traditional objects in a time where labor was only product of men´s strength and will. In our private museum, you can get to know the artisanal process behind the making of the much appreciated olive oil.
The mill belonged to Mr. Manuel Correia, born in the small village of Godinhela (10 minutes away) in 1900. Through canals connected to a weir, the water powered the water wheel which in turn made the cylindrical millstone move grinding the olives and turning them in a pulp. From this point onwards, the process was all manual. The paste was removed from the milling stone to the frails, while they were watered and stacked to be pressed. Indeed pressing also depended on human strength.
The resulting liquid of water and oil, is drained to a decantation system where it is leaved to settle for a minimum of 6 hours. As a result, water and olive oil are separated. Filtering was thus done in a completely natural way, with the water at the bottom and the olive oil at the top. From this delicate process we get the liquid gold.
As everything was going well, the harsh winter of 1952 destroyed the weir that diverted water to the mills, forcing the activity to stop. Tired and without further strength, Mr Manuel Correira ended up abandoning the property.
After a long period, the Sete Quinta´s Olive Oil Museum still preserves the original traces of the old olive press, decantation system and the canals.
Visit us and explore the traditions, knowledge and culture of our ancestors.