Excellent and Premium Virgin Olive Oil
Our company is a family business, created by love for our place, olive and quality olive oil.
From Delphi, the center of the Earth in antiquity, and since 2014 we have been producing the extra virgin olive oil “SOCRATES” and the olives of Amfissa “SOCRATES OLIVES”.
With the main purpose of producing exceptional and premium virgin olive oil and based on the traditional ways of cultivating and caring for olive trees, we produce olive oil of excellent quality, with special aromas and characteristic aftertaste.
The largest continuous olive grove in Balkans
The olive is considered to be the gift of Gods to (Man).
It is blessed tree that thrives in the Mediterranean region for over 7,000 years.
The olive is the symbol of peace, knowledge, wisdom of health and beauty.
It was not by chance that ancient Greek Olympic champions were crowned with on olive leaf wreath.
The traditional olive grove of Amfissa is the Largest continuous olive grove in the Balkans with an area of 67,000 acres and about 850,000 olive trees. Most of the trees are of the Amfissa variety, the age of which is lost in the mists of time.
The distance between the olive trees, the soil composition and the sea breeze that pervades the olive trees all year round, gives our olive oil a global uniqueness.
After handpicking the olives from our olive trees and having them pressed on the very same day in the olive oil mill through the process of cold extraction (25 ° C), carried out mechanically, we finally produce the excellent and extra virgin olive oil “Socrates Oil“.
A HISTORY OF CENTURIES
The cultivation of the olive tree is dated in ancient Greece from the Neolithic period (3,500 BC)
After handpicking the olives from our olive trees and having them pressed on the very same day in the oil mill through the process of cold extraction (25° C), carried our mechanically, we finally produce the excellent and extra virgin olive oil “SOCRATES”.
One of the first of cultivating the olive is that of the traditional olive grove. The density of trees per acre is 4-12 trees, with little or no irrigation being applied. Traditional olive groves also, due to thein cultivation, contribute to the preservation of the ecosystem and ecological balance.
The olive tree thrives on all soil types, but it is preferable to be planted in those with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Olive tree prefers the mild and sweet climate, without many and sudden changes in weather conditions. The very high temperatures delay vegetation, affect the formation of flowers, as well as the growth and maturation of the fruit.
The traditional olive grove of Amfissa is the largest olive grove in the Balkans and the oldest in Europe. It mostly includes perennial olive trees of the Amfissa variety, the height of which reaches 10-12 m.
In this traditional olive grove, we cultivate, with special love and care, our perennial trees, from which we produce the extra virgin olive oil “Socrates” as well as the olives of Amfissa “Socrates olives”.
Without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and taking every element they need from the microclimate of the region, our-due to be declared organic-olive trees offer us the highest quality in the products produced.
The harvest of the olives is done by hand in late autumn, when the olive fruit is green and begins to get a bright reddish-purple color. In this condition the olives give us the best olive oil with the maximum number of polyphenols. The pressing of the fruit is made on the same day in a modern two-phase oil mill and at a temperature of up to 25° C.
Olive oil is stored in stainless tanks and in appropriate climatic condition until the day of bottling.