Passeite is a word blend from “Azeite da familia Passos” we used within the family when we started making olive oil. With the opening of an olive oil themed tavern in Coimbra, Passeite got more meaningful as Coimbra is the “passing by” city on your way from Porto to Lisbon or vice versa.
Over 30 years ago Marjolijn (Dutch) and João (Portuguese) Passos started a beach restaurant “2Passos” at Ancão beach in the Algarve, Portugal. Marjolijn and João are retired but food business still runs in their blood and in ours. To be able to move back to the roots of João the couple converted a old corn watermill ruin into a holiday home. Some of the old details were left in their original state such as the mills that are situated in the living room and still work. Along the house came some plots of land and after some chats with locals on what to do with the land, the Passos family decided to start an olive grove in 2001.
The area and climate is ideal for keeping olive trees. Coimbra area is one of the oldest olive oil producing areas and was already producing back in the Roman period. Conímbriga is one of the largest and best preserved Roman settlements in Portugal. Conímbriga lies a little walk from our farm.
In 2005 the grove started to produce olives. From 2015 onwards the hobby turned into a business with help from the new Passos generation. The son of Marjolijn and João, Guilherme and his wife Marije, are passionate about the grove and started to approach friends and family for stay overs to help picking olives. The love of the hobby was strong enough for Marije & Gui to move to the farm and give up careers in the Netherlands to pursue making high quality olive oil and teaching all about it.
We strongly believe in sharing our love for food and nature so please feel welcome for a tour and tasting and learn more about Condeixa area.