"Earthen Vessel" Oil Press
In 2004, the Carmei Har Hanegev Farm was established as part of a unique settlement project for lone family farms in Israel’s southern Negev desert.
We were assisted by the Antiquities Authority in locating the lands and ultimately decided to build the farm atop the ruins of an ancient Nabatean farm by reconstructing the hilly farming terraces and planting olive trees on them like in olden times.
The olive orchards are adjacent to the olive press, and the oil extraction process is done immediately after the harvest, which enhances the quality of the oil.
In 2013, the “Earthen Vessel” oil press was established and named for ancient relics that were discovered during the digging. Next to it is a Visitors’ Center that provides services to travelers in and around Mitzpe Ramon, the Har Hanegev region, and those on their way to Eilat.
A visit to the farm and the oil press is a truly incredible attraction in the spectacular desert landscape, for groups and families alike.
For an extra fee, you can take part in guided tours and fascinating lectures about Nabatean agricultural, then and today. The tour ends with oil and wine tasting at the Visitors’ Center (booking in advance). The activity takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
Contact Yossi: +972-508-725-244.
Desert olive oil
Olive Oil 750cc 45₪
Olive Oil 2 liter 80₪
Olive Oil 5 liter 190₪