CRETE

Crete is the biggest island of Greece with about 600.000 inhabitants. Its geographical location in between the Mediterranean sea and Africa endows the island with a temperate climate, which in combination with its fertile soil constitutes it an ideal place for the exploitation of the olive tree.

Furthermore, this characteristic creates unique micro-climates around the island. So, while the climate of Crete in general is ideal for the cultivation of the olive tree, the specific location that the olive grove is pinpointed results in vast diversities in the olive oil quality and taste. In other words, even within the four largest regions of Crete, there are some certain areas that are known and awarded throughout the years for their unique olive oil for its quality and taste.

Sitia of the Lasithi region is such a unique example. It's a region that has offered many excellent examples of extra virgin olive oils in the past, many local olive oil producers have received numerous awards throughout the years, and will carry on in the future due to its worldwide unique combination of soil and micro-climate.

Last but not least, the extra virgin olive oils of this region are protected under the "Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)" E.U. scheme. It's the official acknowledgment of the unique values and tradition found in the extra virgin olive oils of this region.