Tradition

 
Kaštelir above Korte, or »Kašler«, as the locals say, is not only a slope covered with grass and shrubs, from which the view extends from the Bay of Piran to the central part of the Šavrin. Kaštelir is much more, it is a mysterious view into history.

Right here, on Kaštelir, there was one of the largest prehistoric settlements in the hinterland of the Slovenian coast. Under the purchases of stones, ruins from the early Roman period are hidden. Under them there are many older ones, which are supposed to go back to the time of the younger Iron Age, 5000 years before our count.

Just as Kaštelir offered protection to the first settlers on the slopes of the Šavrin hills, today it protects the olive tree grove of the Barut family from the north wind and winter frost.

When we walk among the old olive trees, we can easily imagine that they were here during the time of the Romans, who were great experts and appreciated the liquid treasure offered by magnificent trees. Perhaps a human four-legged friend and protector rested in the shade of the olive tree, perhaps the same as the 2700-year-old bronze statue of the Kashlerish Hound.

Today, Julijan, the head of the Barut family and an experienced olive grower, is devoting all the needed attention to his olive trees. In exchange, they endowed him every year with liquid gold, known as extra virgin olive oil.