Prepare yourself for an enchanting trip through the land of olive oil in the heart of the Peloponnese. A visit to this the Melas olive-oil factory and olive groves will amaze you and teach you all you need to know about this green gold.
The Peloponnese has been making olive oil for millenia, in a process that has reached great heights to produce an excellent product that promotes health, beauty and good nutrition. Whether you’re visiting the gorgeous town of Nafplion and its castle or the magnificent ancient theatre of Epidaurus, a trip to the Melas Olive Oil factory will be very rewarding. Wherever you’re coming from, the people at Melas will welcome you with open arms and proudly show you their factory.
To begin with, Melas only produces extra virgin olive oil that has won a ‘protected designation of origin’, as the Manaki type olive that is used comes from the immediate vicinity. In addition, the factory produces both conventional and organic olive oil that are being exported to the finest markets in Europe and America.
When you arrive to Melas, you will be impressed by the surrounding fields filled with olive trees. Begin the tour from the noble olive trees in the field and learn about this fascinating processs. The guided tours are given in English, French or Greek.
The facility’s owners or management team will take you on a tour that explains every step of the, from harvesting and processing to bottling and storing. You’ll also understand the yearly cycle of the olive tree and gain invaluable knowledge about olive oil production through a visit to this professional family-owned olive-oil factory.
On another note, you’ll love the tasting session at the end of the tour which unveils the great taste of olive oil, served with feta cheese, cucumber and country bread. While you’re not obliged to buy anything, it’s a good idea to take some of this amazing olive oil back home with you, now that you’ve become an olive-oil connoisseur. Lastly, the facility also produces cosmetic products such as creams and soaps made with olive oil, offering all of nature’s benefits.