Humankind has cultivated the olive for more than 10,000 years, and while the exact origins of this miraculous fruit are shrouded in the mists of history, most pomologists (fruit experts) agree the olive tree arose somewhere in the Mediterranean. Today, olive oil is ubiquitous throughout our everyday lives, not only because it tastes delicious, but also due to its healthful benefits. However, not all olive oil companies produce this fine, viscous gold in the same way; some makers, like Golden Isles Olive Oil, use quality processes and others use commercial mass production methods.
Golden Oils from Golden Isles Olive Oil
Golden Isles Olive Oil procures the best olives from all around the world, based on the harvest in the southern and northern hemispheres. For example, in the southern hemisphere, Golden Isles imports product from Chile, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa, and in the northern hemisphere, they import olives from Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal. In addition to their premium extra virgin olive oils, they provide fused oils with blends such as roasted almond and walnut as well as exotic flavors that include blood orange, black truffle and bacon.
Golden Isles is also a fine purveyor of balsamic vinegar, but not the type of sour vinegar you find for a low price in your grocer’s aisle; this is the real stuff, the tart nectar of the gods imported from its birthplace, Modena, Italy. Here, Golden Isles sells balsamic vinegar from Modena or Reggio, where the makers use Trebbiano (red) or Spergola (white) grapes to create a milky reduction of a delicate character. This aged reduction goes through the Solera method, similar to the style of making Jerez, or sherry in Spain. Additionally, just as with their olive oils, Golden Isles Olive Oil offer a wide variety of infused balsamic reductions that include flavors such as black cherry, cinnamon pear, red apple, pomegranate, and strawberry. The white flavors include passion fruit, key lime, cranberry, peach, and coconut! Each flavor is undoubtedly unique; however, you can use these infusions on so many dishes!
Wine Bar & More
Naturally, before you try any oil or balsamic, it would help to try some of them before buying. Fortunately, Golden Isles contains a wine bar where not only can you taste oils and balsamic, but you can also enjoy a glass of wine and create your own cheese board to accompany them. In addition to the wine bar, Golden Isles Olive Oil hosts monthly events that include tastings, cooking classes and the friendly folks can even help plan a wedding, private party, anniversary or any other memorable event. When you’re excited to experience Golden Isles Olive Oil for yourself, make your way to 306 Redfern Village for a memorable experience you won’t soon forget! Golden Isles Olive Oil is open to the public Monday through Saturday between 10:00 am and 7:30 pm with adjusted hours on Sundays between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Nearby Destinations to Enjoy and Explore
While a stop at the Golden Isles Olive Oil is sure to be an inspiring, insightful, and of course, flavorful visit, this establishment prime destination in Redfern Village means that visitors can enjoy even more options for fun to enjoy nearby. When you’re looking to make the most of your St. Simons Island stay and can’t wait to expand on that exciting itinerary, consider adding the following stops to your must-visit list.
Those that are traveling to St. Simons Island with little ones in tow and have a passion for perusing the boutique shops the island hosts will fall in love with their visit to Cutie Patooties. Situated conveniently close to the Golden Isles Olive Oil at 276 Redfern Village, Cutie Patooties is a one of a kind kids’ clothing boutique with charming selections to choose from. Open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday, Cutie Patooties stocks a wide variety of apparel for boys, girls, and babies as well as an exclusive selection of shoes for all ages and styles. Depending on what time of year you arrive on St. Simons Island, you might be lucky enough to stop in at Cutie Patooties when they’re turning over inventory for the season and enjoy great prices thanks to annual sales.
Southern Soul Barbeque
Easily found at 2020 Demere Road, Southern Soul Barbeque is a great addition to any day on St. Simons Island and has a reputation built on its laid-back ambiance in combination with fantastic flavors. Come inside a renovated gas station and enjoy some of the island’s most mouthwatering selections of BBQ ranging from pulled pork to ribs and everything imaginable in between! Service is friendly at Southern Soul where comfort food is the focus alongside a great time and great conversations.
Retreat Golf Course
When you can’t imagine a trip to St. Simons Island without taking advantage of the many golf courses to be enjoyed, start your journey on the greens by booking a tee time at Retreat Golf Course. Located at 100 Kings Way, Retreat Golf Course is a private destination that’s as challenging as it is fun. The terrain is sensational and offers enough of a challenge to keep newcomers and golf enthusiasts equally intrigued. Open from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm daily, Retreat Golf Course is a great place to put your skills to the test in island style.