A Rich Heritage
Our small olive groves, form geometrical patches on the flanks of the rolling hills, between the ruins of Knossos and the village of Archanes. At an altitude of approximately 200 meters, the cool summer breezes protect our trees from the scorching summer heat. All within the perimeter of the Archanes PDO, our groves cover approximately 19ha. The PDO label “Archanes, Heraklion, Crete” is a guarantee of the superior quality of the Archanes region’s oil that has been exported for close to four millenniums!
We tend to our trees with respect and devotion. Our 2000 olive trees, some more than 80 years old, bloom in the white, chalky, well drained soil, far more prized than the red for the cultivation of olive trees.
We cultivate only one variety of olive in our groves, the Koroneiki.
Traditionally grown in the region, they are first of all very rich in olive oil: they contain more than 28% of oil. Furthermore, the Koroneiki has a high level of polyphenols if you harvest the olives at the right time.
Our single varietal oil has distinctive characteristics of its own.
Established in Crete in 1999, Koronekes® olive mill is a family business.
We, the Koutoulakis family, have a passion for olive oil that led us to build our state-of-the-art olive mill, at the very heart of our land, to ensure optimum quality olive oils from the tree to the bottle. We farm our olive trees in different groves surrounding the olive mill; this area benefits from the PDO Archanes Heraklion Crete since 1991.
The produce is taken to the olive mill at harvest time, arriving in batches several times a day. Harvest time starts in mid-October when the olives are mostly green.
The oil is carefully pressed, naturally decanted, clarified then stored at the mill in order to preserve its full flavor and qualities. We chose to make extra virgin olive oils using the ancestral traditional method of presses.
The olive mill is active all year long, bottling on the premises on demand. Only our olives go into the making of our oils.
Our quest for sublimation, flavor and taste led us to separate our unique run-off : Fleur d’huile and bottle it for its specificity.
It is our flagship oil.
Our olive mill is equipped with a first cold press system, there is no addition of water during processing. The system exerts pressure on stainless steel discs spread with fresh olive paste, extracting the oil by pure mechanical pressure.
In our olive mill the water and the oil contained in the olive are naturally separated by decantation. Since water and oil don’t mix, after settling for some hours, the oil floats to the top of our vats where it is collected. This system allows for a higher quality product. The oil produced preserves the original characteristics of the fruit, namely its rich fruity flavor and it’s high content in polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants good for our health which also help keep the oil fresher for a longer period of time.
Our olive mill, built three storeys high, uses the natural force of gravity for directing the olive oil from the press to the storing vats, and from these vats to our bottling installation.
Our mission starts at the tree and ends at the bottle!
Ancestral know-how and modern technology coincide at our family mill to bring you delectable oils with distinctive tastes.
Our mission is to control every step of the process. Our small production and personal investment give us the possibility to ensure top notch, 100% quality at all stages: growing, producing and bottling. Not only do we take excellent care of our olive trees in order to produce healthy, tasty and rich olives, but we ensure a maximum delay of two hours between the harvesting and the pressing of our olives.
As a result we have the freshest extra virgin olive oils available! We sort our olives by hand before crushing them in order to remove all damaged olives, leaves and any impurity (such as a stone or snail!). Bottling, is performed on the third lower floor of our factory; the oil is sent there by force of gravity alone. The stainless steel tubes in the mill connecting all our vats, from floor to floor, cover more than 8 kilometers!
Each bottle is numbered as required by the PDO regulations. Our mission at our olive mill equipped with traditional presses is to bring to you unique extra virgin olive oils in the most natural way. Our oil literally seeps out of the pressed olive paste.