If you imagine the Garden of Eden, there would surely be a profusion of fruit trees, aromatic herbs and flowers, whose scents would cast a spell as you wandered the paths among them. Cooling waters would spring from the earth and collect in pools that reflect the bright blue sky or the turquoise waters of the sea beyond. This is the scene that greets a visitor to Kinsterna’s vast gardens and orchards, with centuries-old olive trees, fragrant orange groves and colorful beds of herbs and vegetables, which provide the fresh and flavorful ingredients for our restaurants’ delicious dishes. Most of the estate’s trees have been here since the early 19th Century (according to old records) and are still carefully tended, while any trees that die are replaced by local species. There is also a remarkable variety of flowers.
Many times, only minutes after a fruit is plucked from the tree, it appears in a fruit salad on your plate At other times, it takes weeks, months or even years of patience and careful preparation in order to produce a culinary treasure, as in the ageing of vintage wines after the grapes are harvested or the maturing of extra-virgin olive oil until it is ready to consume.
This is the way of life in an almost self-sufficient rural paradise. This is how the local communities thrived and survived for centuries and how the former lords and masters of Kinsterna managed their land. The current owners of the estate, who are also from the area, have made every effort to revive and maintain these traditions, with respect for the past and an eye to the future. A simple stroll through the estate and its gardens is enough to understand the beauty of this place - and the care, love and effort behind it.