This is the first olive oil mill of our family, built in 1900 by great-grandfather Pepin u Roi, using wood and stones from our valley.
The water of the Argentina Creek activated the millstones thanks to a big wheel, which is still present outside the house. The grinded olives were put in a wooden cart with a shovel and put in the “sportin” by hand. The pressing mats or “sportin” were made as bags in hemp ropes and presses were holded on tight with the arms.
Finally, oil and water were put in a big pot, where the separation started: the oil, lighter than water, came afloat and it was taken while water stayed at the bottom. The oil was stored in terracotta jars.
You can visit the mill-museum making a reservation. I will be glad to introduce you in my world.