With the increasing popularity of experiential travel, people are looking for more creative ways to get involved with the local culture and heritage of the places they visit. Offering the opportunity to get a hand’s on experience of a destination and a working understanding of local markets and produce, agritourism is the next step for many active travellers looking for something new from their holiday. There are plenty of opportunities discover agritourism in Malta, from interactive experiences at picturesque farms and shopping at Ta’ Qali Farmers Market to wine tasting at Ta’ Mena Estate and olive oil sampling at Wardija Olive Estate. Jump on board this growing trend on your next visit to Malta and you’ll never travel in the same way again.
Ta’ Mena Estate is a family-run vineyard and farm in Gozo, named after the late Carmela Spiteri, the mother of the family lovingly known as ‘Mena’. Opened with the intention of combining tourism with agriculture, the estate was one of the pioneers of agritourism in Malta and today invites visitors to explore the land and discover how local produce is made. Ta’ Mena specialises in wine and produces 12 red and white varieties. It also owns a fruit and vegetable farm that grows ingredients used in traditional recipes, making jams, pickles, chutneys, olives, liquors and more. The best way to appreciate the estate is to book a guided tour, followed by a tasting session during which participants can enjoy an array of antipasti from the farm and sample four wines from the estate. At certain times of the year, strawberry and orange picking is also available on request.
Ta’ Qali Farmers Market
If you’re interested in agritourism, don’t miss the opportunity to sample local produce and interact with the Maltese community at the Ta’ Qali Farmers Market. Taking place in Ta’ Qali Crafts Village every Tuesday and Saturday, the colourful market brings together farms and producers from across the Maltese islands. Foodies can discover a variety of Maltese produce that’s come straight from the fields to the stalls, such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, condiments and preserves, and must-try local delicacies such as Bigilla (paste made from beans) and Ġbejna (Goat’s cheese).