The two leading olive oil varieties, the well-known Koroneiki and the unique Athinolia one, form the basis of "Hellia" extra virgin olive oil production. The rich fruity aroma and the velvety taste of these varieties uniquely balance between bitter and spicy flavors.
Combining knowledge, experience and modern technology during the olive harvest, transport and cold pressing, we are able to produce "Hellia" extra virgin olive oil with no added mixing; a truly fresh olive juice.
The existence of ideal conditions during the olive cultivation shared with excellent cultivation techniques and right postharvest handling, provide a higher quality final product. The olives’ early harvest along with the modern machinery of the oil press, ensure this.
The raw material undergoes the following postharvest stages:
- Temporary storage in burlap bags to ensure adequate olive ventilation
- Pressing of the olives within the first 48 hours of harvesting
- Olive oil separation in conditions of up to 28 Celsius degrees (maximum)
- Storage in stainless steel tanks in cool and shaded places.
In this way we ensure that all organoleptic characteristics as well as the rich Greek flavor and aroma are transferred directly to your table in their purest form.
- The acidity is less than 0.4 %
- The fruity aroma is intense and comes from the pressing of fresh and unripe olives. The fresher the olives the fruitier the aroma.
- The balance between spicy and bitter tastes; a positive feature in extra virgin olive oil. We can feel it as a burning sensation inside the throat that lasts for a few seconds after swallowing.
- The presence of polyphenols. Natural antioxidants found in extra virgin olive oil. Polyphenols are a protective shield for both the consumer and the product itself. The more polyphenols we get, the longer our olive oil will be kept fresh over time.
"Hellia" organic extra virgin olive oil originates from the region of Laconia, specifically from the historical region of Monemvasia. It has been officially recognized by the EU as a product of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and may carry both the European and the national trademark of verified PGI products.
The certification of Protected Geographical Indication refers to those agricultural products whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are attributable to the broader geographic area or place from where they originate and where production, processing and preparation are carried out.