ELAIOPHYSIS olive oil is produced in the Municipality of Nestor area, in Messenia, the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, renowned since ancient times and famous for the Mycenaean palace and ancient kingdom of the mythical King Nestor of Homer’s Iliad. The olive groves thrive on the sun-soaked slopes, where for thousands of years they ripen their fruit in the breeze and scents of the Ionian Sea.
The region is known for its mild climate and the high quality of its soil. These two factors play a decisive role in the unparalleled, timeless and unique characteristics of ELAIOPHYSIS, both those of the senses (flavour, aroma) and its chemical characteristics.
Since ancient times, olive oil has been a key source of livelihood in the region and, as a commercial good, brought profit and economic vitality to the kingdom, as evidenced by the accounting tablets and huge number of oil storage jars uncovered by the archaeological digs at the Palace of Nestor. The clay tablets repeatedly record the word “elaio”, indicating financial transactions between producers and the palace with respect to olive oil.
On the front of the ELAIOPHYSIS packaging, in the form of an ancient clay tablet, is the name “elaio”, just as can be seen in the ancient findings mentioned above, written in the syllabic Linear B script of Mycenaean Greek used until the 13th century BC.