The olive oil press

Built during the mid nineteenth century, the olive oil press at Vesúvio hasn’t been run since the 1960s. But evidence of the old granite water channel, all two kilometres of it, running from the fast stream that flows down the steep slopes to the west of the estate, can still be seen. This stream pumped the water mill, fuelling the Heath Robinson machinery, which now stands still and slowly rusting. But today this old olive oil adega is home to a colony of bats, which swoop out through the rafters at sunset to catch the summer insects.

The quinta of all quintas – one of the wonders of the world