Vordonia Athenolia LLC
VORDONIA ATHENOLIA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. OUR 2020 HARVEST HAS ARRIVED.
Nothing is this Fresh, Nothing is this Honest. Less than 1500 bottles of the perfect extra virgin olive oil. I Honor my Father, my Village, my Ancestors and the Athenolia olive tree with each limited drop.
Vordonia sits at the foothills of Mt. Taygetos 13 kilometers from the city of Sparta. We have a unique micro climate (Terroir). Very hot dry summers, very mild wet winters. Our trees were planted by the ancient Spartan warriors 1000 years ago.
My father was wise enough to understand our environment and taught me from an early age to respect and maintain what was left for us by our ancestors. It’s the only way to produce high quality EVOO”.
The harvest starts in October and ends in March. I follow my trees closely and when they reach the perfect ripeness ratio, I take unpaid leave of absence from work and fly to Greece to participate and oversee the harvest. Every year is different. You are beholding to the weather. I can never recreate the vintage.
I do my best each year to insure my oil will be extracted from the fruit of the ripe olive. My olive to oil pressing ratio this year was 2.60 kilos olives to 1 kilo oil. The highest in the world.
If the olives are unripe the oil will be extracted from the seed and extremely little from the dry hard fruit. We call these Olive SEED oils. Olive oil extracted the fruit lasts for years while oil extracted from seeds turns rancid very quickly.
This year for the first time, my wife and 3 young children helped with the harvest (January 15-February 10th). We hand harvested each day and used the cold process to extract our oil each evening. Over 4 hours per pressing. No one does EVOO like this anymore I’m literally the last of my kind. I’m Michael Theodore Sideris
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