A rich cultural heritage is to be discovered on the island of Crete where mythology and history are intertwined. South of Heraklion, close to the extraordinary Minoan Palace of Knossos, lies the commune of Archanes, where our groves and olive mill are found.
Crete, the largest and most southern of the Greek islands, a land rich in mythology, where Zeus was said to have hidden from his father Cronus in order not to be swallowed by him like the rest of his brothers and sisters; where the legendary Minotaur, half man half beast, lived in the labyrinth of the Knossos palace; where King Minos ruled and gave birth to the flourishing Minoan civilization more than 3 000 years ago; olive trees have been cultivated for thousands of years. Olive oil, grapes and wine have been the staple production in the region since the beginning of time.
Here, a few kilometers south of the modern city of Heraklion, lies the Minoan palace of Knossos. On the gentle rolling hills south of these ruins, lie our olive groves. Further south, at the foot of the impressive Mount Giouktas, (said to represent Zeus’s profile staring up into the sky, when seen from afar), lies the village of Archanes. Here another Minoan palace has been unearthed, the fifth of the known palaces of Crete. The lively village of Archanes prized with its own PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) for the excellence of its olive oil is built over the ruins of this palace. Recently published archaeological finds have revealed vases and jugs, still intact and sealed, with remnants of olive oil and wine dating back to the second millennium before Christ.