Band of Chefs is an extra virgin olive oil that will break your everyday culinary routine. It is crafted in the coastal area of Ermioni, Argolida from Koroneiki and Manaki, two extraordinary olive varieties which in this olive oil yield their best self, thanks to the perfect soil and climate conditions they thrive under.
Crafting Band of Chefs starts at the olive groves and continues with the harvest, the olive making process, and storage and is completed with the stages of standardization and packaging. All of the steps involved in making Band of Chefs depend on the standards of the ISO 2200 Quality Assurance System which are followed faithfully while lavishing on the product the attention it deserves and keeping aware of the need for environmental protection. Harvesting, which begins mid-October and lasts until late December, does not start until the olives of Manaki and Koroneiki have reached their perfect maturation point. During harvest, olives are picked by hand carefully so that their sensory traits may remain intact. They are then sent to the plant where they yield their olive oil only by means of cold extraction.
Band of Chefs is an extra virgin olive oil that will not only suit your everyday culinary needs but will also prove an indispensable ally in finishing savory as well as sweet recipes. It has aromas of mild intensity and a distinctive sweet flavour with piquant notes, traits which well-known chefs in Greece and abroad value for their recipe-enhancing attributes.
How To Enjoy
- Ideal for recipes calling for pork, beef, fish, poultry, pasta, and fresh vegetables.
- Before or after opening, store in a cool place away from direct sources of light.
Olive oil is the base of the Mediterranean gastronomical culture. Its high content in mono-unsaturated fats ranks it among the top health products. Olive oil is the oil produced from the fruit of the olive tree. Olive trees were among the first trees to provide food to humankind that was as nourishing as it was nutritious. The olive tree’s history, cultivation, fruit, and fruit juice (none other than olive oil), are inextricably linked to the peoples of the Mediterranean and to Greece in particular. It thrives near the sea under the Mediterranean sun, it shows a preference for infertile and rocky soils, and can survive weather conditions of drought and rough winds. It is precisely because of all those reasons why olive trees thrived in Greece: The country’s outstanding terroir encourages olive trees to yield fruit that gives unique, traditional Greek products that envelop all of the history and tradition of Greece. Historians believe that the olive tree has its roots in ancient Greece. Archaeological finds throughout the country include olive presses for olive oil extraction and olive oil storage vessels that date back to times before recorded History.
Today, Greece ranks first among Mediterranean countries producing traditional, quality virgin olive oil. Greek olive oil is not just a culinary delight. It also gives its bounty generously to those who look for it. "Virgin” olive oil is the "natural juice” of the olive which contains all of the olive’s key elements (vitamins, trace elements, micro-elements). By extension, it also contains all of the beneficial properties of the olive. According to the relevant legislation, virgin olive oil must be produced solely by mechanical means and undergo only natural processing so that the end product may remain unaltered. Depending on its acidity, virgin olive oil is divided into "virgin olive oil” and "extra virgin olive oil”.
Given the fact that 75% of the olive oil produced in Greece is extra virgin, Greece ranks first in the world in extra virgin olive oil production (the term, ‘extra virgin’, stands for the highest quality olive oil), while it is the third largest olive oil producing country in the world. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is described as being almost free of acidity, expressed as oleic acid and not exceeding 0, 8%. Acidity is one of the most important criteria for olive oil quality, since the lower the acidity level, the better olive oil quality we get.
Olive Vision is a company established in 2011 by Kostas Balafas and George Dimarakis. Though fairly new, Olive Vision is a fast-growing company with expertise and specialization in producing, standardizing, and trading extra virgin olive oil. Olive Vision’s founders are not strangers to the field. They have coupled their love and devotion for olive growing and olive making with their long-standing marketing know-how to arrive at the crafting of “Moria Elea”, a range of exceptional extra virgin olive oils.
They have set their heart not only on crafting a product of excellence but also on pampering their consumers with a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience. To do so, they are growing Koroneiki and Manaki, two of Greece’s best olive cultivars, in the family olive groves in Ermioni, Argolida, in sunny southern Greece where their storage and standardization facilities are also located.
The production process starts with olive growing, continues with the harvest, and ends with the crafting of the olive oil, its storage, and bottling. Under the guidance of a team of experts and following a rigorous pattern of soil, water, and leaf analysis, Olive Vision goes on to implement the best and safest growing practices, all anchored on an Agricultural Production Integrated Management System. Depending on the olive variety, harvesting takes place between mid-October and late December and never before the olives of each variety have reached their perfect point of maturity. The olives are then hand-picked with great care so as not to have their sensory traits compromised. The end result is “Moria Elea”, a highly acclaimed extra virgin olive oil which has been the proud recipient of many an international award both for its quality and its elegant packaging.
Argolida extends to the eastern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. It constitutes a challenge for historical, cultural and naturalistic exploration. Nafplio, also known as the "first capital of Greece” during recent historical times, manages without a doubt to enchant its many visitors. Its cobblestone streets, Venetian castles, neoclassical mansions, Turkish fountains, historical churches, and its boat rides on crystal clear water, all add to the magic of this magnificent and beautiful town. One is awe-struck when visiting the ancient palace of Atrides in the area of Mycenaes, the cyclopean walls of ancient Tiryns and the outstanding ancient theatre of Epidaurus – a theatre most famous for its excellent acoustics and where many a visitor goes during the Summer Festival, to watch a play. Low hills with olive groves and vineyards, enormous rocks with deep gorges and prickly pear trees, along with totally wind-protected coves with fish taverns, all form the natural landscape of Argolida.
On the southeastern coast of the Prefecture of Argolida, there is an area of unrivalled natural vistas and breathtaking beauty: Ermioni (Hermione). It is a small, coastal town whose scenic, island-like architecture and ambiance captivates visitors at first sight. Amphitheatrically built on Pronos Hill, in one of the most picturesque nooks of the Argo-Saronic Gulf, Ermioni is one of the most attractive areas of the Peloponnese that has become a preferred tourism destination as it affords its visitors unforgettable holidays. Ermioni has been uninterruptedly inhabited since 3000 BC. Its ancient inhabitants were mainly engaged in the processing and trading of Porphyra (Imperial Purple), a natural dye secreted from a saltwater snail. Porphyra was highly prized in antiquity and was a status symbol with which royal and imperial garments were dyed including the garments of Alexander the Great.
Ermioni is famous worldwide for each numerous beaches and crystal-clear waters which are surrounded by verdant pine tree forests and promise one-of-a-kind escapes. In the town’s center, visitors can see the Church of Taxiarches. It has been looking down from its lofty height since the 17th century when it was built on the spolia of an earlier temple dedicated to Demeter Chthonia. The location’s highest elevation promises a magnificent view to the scenic islands of the Argo-Saronic Gulf that no visitor should miss!