Soligea journey into history
Only a few kilometers from the Isthmus of Corinth you meet the Baths of Oraia Eleni, Galataki, Almiri, Ryto, Sofiko, villages which belong to the wider area of ancient " Soligeia " and compose a unique natural landscape that combines all natural beauty that combines shades of green, brown and gray of olive groves, pine trees, shrubs and rocks but also the blue of the sea and the sky.
Near the present village of Galataki, it is believed that there was the ancient village "Soligeia" (the current name of the wider area is now Soligeia) built on the "Soligeio Hill". According to Thucydides, the historic descent of the Dorians took place from him, who, after a battle with the Aeolian Corinthians, occupied Corinth. The hill itself became the scene of a stubborn battle between the Athenians and the Corinthians in 425 BC. during the Peloponnesian War.
The extra virgin olive oil is an integral part of our family since 1932, where the first member of the first dealt with the production.
As the fourth generation of company owners, respecting this valuable asset as well as our family tradition and experience in olive cultivation, we continue to keep alive the vision of our family for its quality production.
Olive mill and bottling unit
Our facilities are located in Galataki, a village only 9 kilometers away from the isthmus of Corinth.
In 2014, a milestone year for our company, we proceeded to a radical renovation of our mill and established our own bottling unit.
We have all the necessary certifications that ensure the high quality of both our services and the products we produce!
Our priority is to ensure the conditions that allow us to produce
excellent quality products and offer high quality services.
In 1981 it was the turn of Nikolaos Markellos' children - Dimitris and Panagiotis - to continue the tradition. For more than thirty years they have been constantly investing in the acquisition of new olive groves and in the modernization of our mill.
A legacy of four generations
The olive tree is a tree symbol for the history and culture of our country. Several decades ago it started to become part of our family history.
The 1932 was the year that the first member of our family, Dimitris Marcellus, dealt first with the cultivation of olives and olive oil.
In 1948 he was succeeded by his son Nikolaos Markellos who established and expanded the family business setting a solid foundation and new goals for the future.
Our passion for olive oil creates the vision
The knowledge and experience gained by family members all these years combined with our love and passion for olive oil compose our vision for it. This vision is the legacy that each generation leaves to its next.
The transition from the third to the fourth generation was combined with the complete building and mechanical equipment of the company's olive oil production unit. At the same time we invested in the acquisition of new olive groves. In addition, that year was a turning point for us because we presented for the first time the Soligea packaged product line .
Soligea journey into history
Only a few kilometers from the Isthmus of Corinth you find the Baths of Oraia Eleni, Galataki, Almiri, Ryto, Sofiko, villages which belong to the wider area of ancient " Soligeia " and compose a unique natural landscape that combines all natural beauty that combines shades of green, brown and gray of olive groves, pine trees, shrubs and rocks but also the blue of the sea and the sky
Our People always have a leading role in the evolution of the dynamic course of the company. We recognize that People are the ones who push the business and contribute to achieving its goals.
We take care of the continuous training, development and prosperity of all the employees of the olive mill and the bottling unit by applying procedures that ensure the development of their skills and knowledge and we always aim at the continuous improvement of the provided services, the best service of our customers and the best quality of finished products.
With a strong sense of social responsibility, our company recognizes that the path to Sustainable Development is inextricably linked to building strong bonds with the wider local community.
The axes of strengthening the local community concern the following actions:
Support for local employment
Practical support for social and cultural initiatives
Sponsorship of amateur sports clubs, cultural clubs, etc.
Strengthening the local economy
The history of olive oil
The history of olive cultivation (olea europaea) is lost in the depths of the centuries. The olive, which prevailed as a symbol of peace, is believed to have appeared in the Mediterranean basin around the 8th millennium BC.
There are researches that trace the origin of the olive tree in the eastern Mediterranean, but the most probable version is that it comes from Greece.
In addition to food, olive oil was used in sacred ceremonies, in medicines, as a fuel for lamps, in the production of soaps and skin care products. The Minoans had adopted the use of olive oil in all their religious ceremonies.
Gradually olive oil became the primary product of the Minoan civilization, which is believed to have been a symbol of wealth.
Olive oil was a product of various uses in Mycenaean Greece (1600-1100 BC) and was the main export product of the time.
What is extra virgin olive oil?
Higher grade olive oil produced directly from olives by mechanical means only. Its acidity (expressed in oleic acid) does not exceed 0,8g per 100g, the number of peroxides does not exceed 20meqO2 / kg, the absorption coefficient K232 does not exceed 2 , 50, the absorption coefficient K270
Other olive oil (excluding kernel oils)
Virgin olive oil
Olive oil produced directly from olives and only by mechanical methods. Its acidity (expressed in oleic acid) does not exceed 2.0 g per 100 g, the number of peroxides does not exceed 20 meqO2 / kg, the absorption coefficient K232 does not exceed 2.60, the absorption coefficient K270 does not exceed 0.25, the variance of the absolute depreciation value
Low-quality olive oil (lampante)
Olive oil whose acidity (expressed as oleic acid) exceeds 2.0 g per 100 g, whose median defect value exceeds 3.5 and whose other specific characteristics comply with those laid down for this category.
Refined olive oil
Olive oil whose acidity (expressed as oleic acid) does not exceed 0.3g per 100g, peroxide value not exceeding 5meqO2/kg, specific extinction Κ270 not exceeding 1.25, variation of the absolute value of the specific extinction (ΔΚ) not exceeding 0.16 and the other characteristics are in compliance with the specifications of this category.
Olive oil composed of refined & virgin olive oils
Oil comprising exclusively of olive oils that have undergone refining and oils obtained directly from olives, whose acidity (expressed as oleic acid) does not exceed 1.0g per 100g, peroxide value not exceeding 15meqO2/kg, specific extinction Κ270 not exceeding 1.15, variation of the absolute value of the specific extinction (ΔΚ) not exceeding 0.15 and the other characteristics are in compliance with the specifications of this category.
Markellos about news
Our company innovates in the field of tourism! The first virtual reality video in Greece on the production of extra virgin olive oil! March 23, 2021 March 23, 2021
How to properly store extra virgin olive oil May 21, 2020 May 21, 2020
The President of the Republic of Ireland Mr. Michael D. Higgins visited our mill April 3, 2019 February 25, 2018
Olive season 2018–2019 - Production data and ways to reduce costs April 3, 2019 November 15, 2018
We also try to reduce our ecological footprint as a company. Our mission is to always operate with absolute respect for nature and in harmony with the natural environment. All our products can be recycled or reused. It is very important for us not only to respect the environment, but also to participate in its protection.