The Astrikas Estate olive groves are located in the small village of Astrikas, within the PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) area of Kolymbari in northwestern Crete. They were acquired by the Dimitriadis family in the mid-18th century and are farmed today by 5th generation descendants. George Dimitriadis founded Biolea in 1997; the company specializes in artisan production of organic, stone milled and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Biolea’s olive oil is exclusively estate-produced and bottled.
Biolea is based on principles of self-reliance, innovation an environmental consciousness. It operates from a solid scientific base, applying the soundness of the traditional ways of farming and extracting olive oil to modern standards thereby improving olive oil quality, preserving and promoting tradition and supporting sustainable agriculture on the island Crete.
Biolea’s objective is to offer to the health conscious person who appreciates and understands “gourmet” foods and who has a keen sense of value, an olive oil from a specific “terroir” untainted in its quality and taste, and which reflects the uniqueness of the organoleptic properties of our soil, local microclimate and the traditional olive oil production method.
Biolea Olive Oil Our estate, single variety olive oil, made of stone milled and cold pressed Koroneiki olives. A superbly balanced extra virgin and organic olive oil.
LemoniO Koroneiki olives, harvested from Astrikas Estate olive groves, stone milled and cold pressed with fresh whole lemons.
NerantziO Koroneiki olives, harvested from Astrikas Estate olive groves, stone milled and cold pressed with fresh whole bitter oranges (nerantzi).
Organic Cultivation Biolea produces exclusively organic olive oil and actively promotes organic cultivation in Crete. To learn more about organic cultivation and its importance follow the link to the right.
Stone Milled and Cold Pressed Olive oil produced at Biolea's Astrikas Estate is stone milled and cold pressed. To learn about the tradition and benefits of this forgotten process follow the link to the right.
Single Estate Biolea olive oil originates in Astrikas Estate. Find out more about why Estate olive oils are special.