Our olive estate
An olive estate situated in
a historic olive triangle
All our olive oils come from the Greek Peloponnese region, famous since antiquity for the quality of its olives and olive oil.
|Our premium extra virgin olive oil, Olive Origin©, is produced in our family-owned olive groves on a fertile, triangular-shaped plateau, around 500 metres above sea level, situated between ancient Trizina, Kranidi and Epidaurus.|
This historic olive triangle is part of a larger landmass in the Eastern Peloponnese, a spectacular volcanic peninsula which includes the Municipalities of Trizina, Methana and Poros island. It is richly carpeted with forests of yew and Mediterranean maquis, lemon and wild olive trees, carnations, gladiolas and even rare orchids, all contributing unique nuances to our olive oil’s aroma and taste.The geology and microclimate are ideally suited for olive growing:
Fruit-bearing olive trees can live for centuries and still produce excellent oil.
These factors contribute to the health and resilience of the olive trees, without the need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides: our olive groves have always been cultivated with natural, environmentally-friendly methods, whether or not officially organically-certified.
Finally, careful hand-harvesting (in order not to bruise the olives) begins in November when the olives are still slightly unripe.
The resulting olive oil is of superior quality, a naturally clear green-golden colour, richly aromatic olive oil and high in nutritional values.
A region where history mingles with mythology
Apart from its distinction as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the olive triangle is also home to many Unesco World Heritage sites. Here, history fascinatingly mingles with mythology:
- Ancient Mycenae, of King Agammemnon and Trojan War fame, was one of the major centres of Greek civilization in 2000 years BC.
- Epidaurus is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son, Asclepius the Healer.
- The Asclepeion Sanctuary adjoining the Epidaurus Theatre was the most celebrated healing centre of the Classical world, in effect one of the world’s first hospitals. Olive oil was almost certainly imbibed or applied in the form of soothing balms, as part of the cure.
- The earliest human settlements, dating back to the Bronze Age and beyond show evidence of olive cultivation. Findings in a cave in Frachti, nearby Ermioni date back to the Stone Age, 6000 years ago.
- At Methana, a primitive olive press, one of the world’s earliest, is estimated at 4000 years old.