If you have only visited Greece in May to September, the green growth of winter may be surprising. Note the clouds in the second photo. Photos by D. Pettegrew November 28 and December 7, 2004.
Harvesting olives with Nikos Gdysis of Gemelos Taverna, November 16, 2004. Photos by D. Pettegrew.
Want some real Greek olive oil produced in the Corinthia? The Corinthian Olive Oil Company has launched a website for their Agros Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The oil is processed entirely from Corinthian olives and is simply excellent.
Here’s the blurb from their website:
Agros Extra Virgin Olive Oil was established in 2008 by Tasos Kakouros and his
brother-in-law Sotiris Apostolopoulos. Tasos had the idea to create Agros when he
visited his wife’s family in the US for the first time and gave them olive oil from the
Corinthia, his region of Greece. Everyone was impressed by the oil and Tasos decided
to start his own brand of olive oil and to expand his reach to other people and places.
Tasos, together with Sotiris, decided to introduce Agros to chefs and gourmet food
stores, as well as to individual customers. Agros has become a success.
Tasos and Sotiris choose the highest quality extra virgin olive oil from their area of the
Corinthia, only from Manaki olives and only from select farmers. Each year, after the
harvest of the olives is completed, Tasos and Sotiris personally visit these farmers to
sample the oil, for both taste and acidity (they also take each oil for testing), and collect
the oil and bottle it themselves. Tasos and Sotiris then export it directly to the Corinthian
Olive Oil Company, founded by Tasos’ in-laws in Elkton, Maryland. Because each step
in this process is overseen by Tasos or his father-in-law, they can ensure that Agros
Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes directly from the harvest to you.