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Producer | Markellos

Producer | Markellos

Four generations’ heritage

The olive tree is a symbol of our country’s history & culture, which some decades ago, became part of our own family history. Olive tree cultivation and olive oil production was initiated by our great grandfather Dimitris Markellos in 1932.

In 1948 he was succeeded by his son, Nikolaos Markellos who established and expanded our family company. He built a strong foundation by setting new goals for the future.

In 1981 his sons, Dimitris and Panagiotis, continued the tradition for 30 years by investing in acquiring new olive groves and modernizing of our olive oil mill.

The fourth generation has been here since 2014. Four first cousins, Nikos, Christos, Michalis, Nikos, having deep roots from our predecessors, continue to write the history of our family tree, the olive tree.

Our passion for olive oil creates the vision

The knowledge and experience we, as a family, have gained, the past decades, in combination with our love and passion for the olive oil composes our vision for it. This is the legacy each generation leaves to the next.

The passage from the third to the fourth generation was combined in 2014 with the complete reconstruction of the facilities and machinery of the production unit of our company. In parallel we invested in obtaining new olive groves. That year was a critical point for us as we presented our first packaged product, Soligea.

Our aim is to succeed in harmoniously combining our tradition with innovation to improve our olive oil quality and contribute to the recognition of the Greek extra virgin olive oil in the international market.

Soligea through history
A few kilometers away from the Isthmos of Corinth you come across the Thermal Baths of Beautiful Helen (Loutra Oraias Elenis), Galataki, Almyri, Rito, Sofiko, villages of ancient ‘Soligeia’. They comprise of a uniquely beautiful natural landscape which harmoniously combines the green, brown and grey of the olive groves, the pine trees, the bushes and the rocks but also the blue of the sky and sea.

Galataki is situated where ancient Soligeia used to lie, built on the ‘Soligeia hill’ where the ancient historian Thucydides described the descent of the Dorians after the battle with the Aioleis Corinthians, who then occupied Corinth. On this same hill did a historical battle between the Athenians and Corinthians take place in 425B.C. during the Peloponnesian War. Although, the root of the name has many explanations, the most likely one is that Soligeia was the ‘land of the light’.

Loutra Oraias Elenis was the harbor of the ancient town ‘Soligeia’. Their name comes from the thermal baths where Beautiful Helen, queen of Sparta, bathed after her return from Troy.

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