Producer | Cultura Olive Oil
Hi, there! We are Labrini and Jonnek, the couple that brings to you the unique Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the wild slopes of mountainous Arcadia in Greece. We come from diverse backgrounds, but we share one common belief: If we respect and nurture nature, she will then nurture us.
So we set on a journey. We got back to the family land and started from scratch. Since 2014 we’ve been taking care of our estate while receiving training and attaining knowledge of the best practices in the field. We leverage our intellectual and creative capital, and as artisans, we craft our product skillfully and lovingly.
The land we work on is a mosaic of various local plants. Among our olive trees, great centenarian trees still stand high, and seasonal flowers jump out and blossom in unexpected places. In some areas, the vegetation has grown to an extent that the land has become a beautiful wilderness. This is the landscape where our olive trees grow and thrive. Our presence and subsequent agricultural activities have only caused minimal alterations and modifications to the landscape and habitat.
We’re advocates of a model of symbiosis. Our goal is to have minimal impact on the environment, use the least invasive methods and have nature on our side.
The Ogion Estate lies unseen in the highlands and green plateaus of Arcadia in Peloponnese, Greece. It’s located next to wooded slopes and streams that flow into Ladonas river, at an altitude of 400 m.
Our ancestors used this land for olive cultivation during the last century. Yet, its name goes way back. Ogion was a small city still inhabited when Pausanias, the Greek geographer of the 2nd cent. C.E., visited Arcadia. The myth says that its name came from Ogios, its first king and also the son of god Apollo. Our estate is in the area where this city is believed to have existed.
In the Renaissance, Arcadia was idealised because of its mountainous topography and untouched wilderness. Today, the wild and the tame are combined, shaping our definition of ‘utopia’ since 2000.
OUR VISION IS TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY FOOD CULTURE THAT NOT ONLY RESPECTS NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO CONNECTS US WITH OUR SHARED TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE. CULTURA ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IS OUR CATALYST.
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