About

Established in 2012, The Greek Olive Estate cultivates, prepares and packages Olive Oils and Olives with one goal; to preserve their natural flavour, quality and health benefits. 

The Estate is situated in the historical region of Arkadia, on the slopes of the mountainous valleys of the Alfeios River. For over 300 years, wild olive trees have grown in harmony alongside beneficial herbs and aromatic plants, harvested in a timeless ritual and tended with meticulous care by our ancestors. A primary source of energy, income and food, these wild olive trees earned profound respect, a true living legacy.

 

Acknowledging the centuries of resolute efforts and respect, modern medical science and the European Union have recognized the direct link between Olive Oil Polyphenols and health. Polyphenols form the essence of our                     Drop of Life Healthy Extra Virgin Olive Oils. 

The vision started with Costas Mathiopoulos; born on the Estate in the 1940’s he later moved about settling in the UK where in 1981 he became a major supplier of agricultural products to UK Supermarkets. Established on his knowledge and experience and with his vision to promote the region we work hand-in-hand with the local community to bring to market natural, healthy olive products. 

We believe that Olive Oil and Olives are a health superfood which should be consumed by everyone, everywhere, every day!

Who We Are

We are a family run business starting with Costas Mathiopoulos. Born in Rizospilia in the 1940’s he later moved about, settling in the UK. In 1981 he became a major supplier of agricultural produce to UK supermarkets. Always, in the back of his mind, with a dream of promoting his hometown and its’ local product: Olive Oil. After he moved back to Greece, and with the help of his two sons, in 2012 the family established The Greek Olive Estate.

Where We Are

The Estate is situated in the historical region of Arkadia, on the slopes of the mountainous valleys of the Alfeios River. For over 300 years, wild olive trees have grown in harmony alongside beneficial herbs and aromatic plants, harvested in a timeless ritual and tended with meticulous care by our ancestors. A primary source of energy, income and food, these wild olive trees earned profound respect, a true living legacy.

The village of Kato Rizospilia is a small rural village with about 40 registered inhabitants. Our family bought the land there at a time when official records did not exist and has survived on the local produce of the area for hundreds of years.

Today, with limited connectivity and infrastructure in the village, we live and work from Athens whilst we plan our small mill and bottling facilities.

What We Do

Here at The Greek Olive Estate we cultivate, produce and package Healthy Olive Oil and Olives with one goal: to preserve their natural flavour, quality and health benefits.

We produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil high in Natural Polyphenols from the trees in our village along with our family members and the few residents of Kato Rizospilia and the surrounding area.

In 2010 we discovered by chance that the olive oil we were producing in our area has a very high level of naturally occuring polyphenols. These polyphenols are responsible for the majority of health benefits associated with olive oil and their concentration in our olive oil was over 30 times higher than what our analyst had analysed before. 

We spent two years analysing our olive oil, trees and soil and meeting with scientists to understand what polyphenols were and trying to understand what was responsible for the very high levels in our olive oil.

We learnt about the importance of the harvesting procedure, the milling procedure and storage and spent the next couple of years improving our practises and finding the right people to work with to develop a product we could bring to market. In 2012 we discovered the EU health claim regarding Olive Oil Polyphenols and with the knowledge we had acquired decided to market our own olive oil, we suitably named it Drop of Life and started our company The Greek Olive Estate.