Culinary Delights in France

Mas de l’Olivine.

by Bert Schwarz

It's the time of the rose blossom when we meet Audrey and her husband Thierry. Everything is done by hand, because there are no machines for harvesting the delicate rose petals. And so the couple Audrey and Thierry Bortolini spend hour after hour in their small fields and harvest the raw material for ... everything that smells and tastes good.

A Visit on Audrey's Estate

Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz

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Highlights
Sparkling wine
from Wachenheim Castle
Confiserie Florian
Since 1921, chocolate has been produced in Nice and jams in Pont-du-Loup.
Domaine du Mas de l'Olivine
Here you can find sweets, jams and more with the flavour of flowers.
Figs for dessert
fresh from the farmer's market in Toulon.
Melons for Hors d'Oeuvre
fresh from the farmer's market in Toulon.

Here we meet two lovers of agriculture and scents. Audrey is the fourth generation of a family of farmers and Thierry is a gardener who has created the most beautiful private Mediterranean gardens. For us, they open the doors of their 18th century family business, where they grow plants that are the basis of perfume.

We are at the Domaine du Mas de l'Olivine in Peymeinade, a small village 10 minutes from Grasse.

Domaine du Mas de l'Olivine © Bert Schwarz
Domaine du Mas de l'Olivine © Bert Schwarz

At Audrey's estate there are regular events for the young and the old - or all together. And strangers are also welcome. However, you should have at least some knowledge of French. At the end of his (French) words, he can usually continue in English. This is especially true for the other guests you meet. - I know what I'm writing about, because I was invited to an event and after a short time not only the audience, but «right in the middle of it».

Domaine du Mas de l'Olivine © Bert Schwarz
Domaine du Mas de l'Olivine © Bert Schwarz

Since the available places are not infinite, a reservation is obligatory. Information on events, how and where to register can be found here.