Olive oil culture

Olive trees require careful maintenance and reach full maturity in about 15 years. The very first harvest may take up to 7 years. The olive tree, dedicated to patron goddess Athena (also goddess of wisdom), has always represented peace and prosperity since the start of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. Today an olive branch surrounds the United Nations (UN) logo as a symbol of international peace.

Ancient Greeks Aristotle and Plato philosophised about the gnarled tree and appreciated the olive more than any other food. For centuries, traditional agricultural methods of olive cultivation have been preserved and maintained by the Greek olive farmers, some of who are today partners of the Bläuel family in the MANI company. The annual olive harvest in November and December is the culmination of a whole years work, celebrated with festivities and social activities. Every year, the moment when the first drop of “green gold” flows from the mill into the bottle is an occasion for dancing and joy.

The Greek food culture is based on the use of natural products of the Mediterranean cuisine to be enjoyed surrounded by family and friends. It has become internationally recognised as a joyful and healthy lifestyle. Give yourself some peace and joy.

What makes a good olive oil?
The quality of a good olive oil depends on many factors. Only if all the environmental, climatic, management and processing conditions are met can an olive oil be developed to be one of the best in the world.

Connoisseurs know what it takes to produce top quality MANI extra-virgin olive oil:

  • Stone and mineral-rich soil
  • Optimal location and climate conditions
  • Ecological soil management
  • Professional pruning of the trees
  • The local olive variety: Koroneiki
  • Immediate, gentle processing after harvest
  • Correct extraction methods
  • Strict quality control
  • Careful storage and bottling

This is the perfect combination of elements which creates the unique fruitiness, complexity and nuance of flavour of MANI organic extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy the life force of the olive.