The Moulin à Huile du Vieux Château is the oldest building in the village of Mérindol in the Luberon. Built at the end of the 16th century, it bears witness to 4 centuries of olive oil production.
The Boudoire Frères oil mill was built in the middle of the 16th century, just as the village of Mérindol was coming back to life after the persecution of the Vaudois in the Luberon.
The mill belonged to the lord of the village, and the peasants came to bring in their harvest and had to leave 1/6 of their production as tax.
It was at the beginning of the 20th century that the Boudoire family became the owners of the mill.
The first hydraulic presses were installed. In the 21st century, grinding is still carried out using stone millstones. Today, the equipment complies with European health and safety standards, with the greatest respect for the ancestral rules of production.
Every year, the mill crushes around 200 tonnes of olives supplied by 800 local producers.
The mill offers a range of olive oils for sale, as well as tastings and guided tours.
Handmade with a stone millstone for 5 generations!
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