At an altitude of 250m from the Ionian Sea, we found our little lot, the olive trees of the Koroneiki variety that we were bound to take care of in our turn. In the face of the global health crisis, our environmental sensitivity and love for pristine nature have become our responsibility and duty.
So as we are observing the effects of the climate crisis around us, we have chosen the principle of quality as the integral one, the compass for our course. We have chosen to oppose against conventional monoculture, industrial mass production which destroys aquifers and pollutes soils with agrochemical fertilizers, disintegrating the natural environment and finally resulting to undermine the very quality of olive oil and our diet itself.
The cultivation method for olive production could only be exclusively environmentally friendly.
Our olive trees are not irrigated as phenols are being reduced. In contrast, they are cultivated as dry and quench their thirst from the annual rainfall. Following the instructions offered by the consulting agronomist, the soil and foliar diagnostic analyses, we choose vegetable fertilization with legumes which they enhance fertility, improve soil structure, provide the necessary trace elements to nourish the olive and reduce problems with diseases and the parasites.
Pruning is not synchronized as usual for convenience with harvesting. The fruiting pruning is the second nourishment of the olive tree; it is carried out after winter, with moderate intensity allowing lighting and ventilation on the foliar surface of the tree, aiming to obtain the optimal production and quality of the fruit.
However, the care of olive tree cultivation goes hand in hand with crop rotation, the maintenance of native vegetation and the propagation of genetic material and biodiversity. We operate based on the principles of biodynamic, to take care of the fertility of the soil, to preserve a few citrus trees and a variety of herbs such as inula elenium – horsetail, taraxacum officinalis – chicory, lavenders and rose maries, enriching our soil but also creating in measure of possible a competing natural insect repellent for the olive fruit fly.