Producer | Kyklopas
Kyklopas is a family owned and operated business that began its course several generations back. Argiris Kelidis has been immersed in the world of olives since being a toddler, side by side with his father and his mother. With this solid foundation and vast inherited knowledge, Argiris and his wife Niki Kelidoy went on to set up their own family mill in 1982. The Kyklopas olive mill is situated in Makri, Northern Greece, among one of the oldest olive groves in the Mediterranean, a stone’s throw away from the cave of Homer’s Cyclops (Kyklopas in Greek) and from the ancient road connecting European Turkey to Rome, Via Egnatia. As a result of their passion and love for what they do together with continuously keeping up to date with the latest developments, today the Kelidi family has 12.000 olive trees and 2.000 organically cultivated trees of the local Makri olive variety. They produce Kyklopas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one of the most highly awarded Greek olive oils in the world.
At Kyklopas estates, we cultivate our trees with prudent use of water, fertilisers and herbicides. Every phase of production is managed in such a way as to protect both the environment and the consumer. We use the latest technology in olive harvesting, harvesting with automated vibration machinery to avoid damaging the olives. We place the olives in crates which are well-ventilated and free of plasticizers. The olive oil is produced the very same day as harvesting and under optimal conditions (cold extraction below 25 degrees). Immediately after extraction, the oil passes through paper filters in order to retain the oil’s chemical characteristics and natural aromas. We then store the oil in stainless steel tanks in a cool and dry environment. Subsequently, we bottle the oil ourselves under hygienic conditions in accordance with ISO 22000:2005 and ISO 9001:2015.
Our mission is to continue producing a premium high quality extra virgin olive oil. We want to excite every consumer with our oil, catapult all their dishes to the next level while providing all the beneficial health properties of olive oil. For years now, our family has been using the very best olive oil, and we believe it is worth being on your table too.
The advantage of our extra virgin olive oil is that we have full control of every single stage of the production process - from cultivating the olive grove, extracting the oil at our own mill to bottling on our premises. This way we are able to guarantee the consistent quality of our oil.
Over the years, we have participated in demanding international and Greek olive oil quality competitions such as Olivinus, Ovibeja, NYIOOC, China International Olive Oil Competition, London, IOOC Terraolivo, Athena KOTINOS, Japan, Olive Los Angeles, Monocultivar, BIOL, Berlin, DER FEINSCHMEKER and many more. The results speak for themselves, with us winning a multitude of awards and placing Kyklopas Olive Oil in the top ten of the world rankings, and simultaneously putting the region of Makri on the world map of the olive oil industry.
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