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A Deep Dive into Corfu’s Olive Oil Heritage with The Governor Olive Oil

Ionian Islands

Corfu

Duration

3 h
30 m

Availability

Up to 8 persons

Guided Tour

Up to 8 persons

Overnight Stay

Not provided

Active Months

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

For over 100 years, the Dafnis Family has been producing exquisite olive oil on the island of Corfu, carefully tending to the centenarian “lianolia” variety. Our olive oil is crafted at our family’s mill in the historical village of Aghios Mathaios, using gentle, low-temperature methods.

Inspired by the strong character of Count Ioannis Capodistrias, the first governor of independent Greece, the youngest generation of our family, Spyros and George, have revolutionized the island’s olive oil production. This is how The Governor was born—the first single variety olive oil from the ancient “lianolia” of Corfu.

The Governor Olive Oil is renowned globally for its participation in scientific research. Daily consumption of our olive oil enhances well-being and lowers the risk of serious health concerns. By choosing our premium olive oil, you support sustainable agriculture, the environment, and a family farm with generations of tradition.

We use “beyond organic” methods to cultivate our olive trees, many of which are around 500 years old. Our innovative milling process combines age-old knowledge with modern techniques, ensuring that our oil is of superior quality, preserving precious natural phenols.

The lianolia olive trees, first brought to Corfu by the ancient Corinthians around 730 BC, now exist exclusively on the island. These trees, belonging to the wild category of oleo craneomorpha, produce olives biennially and can expand up to 14 meters wide. The Venetians once planted these trees to fortify the island against pirate invasions, creating the only olive tree rainforest in the world.

Visit us and experience the legacy of The Governor Olive Oil, where tradition meets innovation in every bottle.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Discover the art of olive oil production at our facilities, where we unveil the blend of traditional and modern techniques employed at each stage. Learn about the rare and exquisite ‘Lianolia’ variety, culminating in a tantalizing tasting of our company’s finest olive oil.

Our excursion begins with a leisurely walk to Gardikios Castle, the birthplace of the olive tree and its precious oil. Experience an immersive journey through Corfu’s ancient olive grove, guided by The Governor, and explore the island’s rich olive tree heritage and historical background.

Delve into the intricate process of olive oil production and uncover the secrets behind Corfu’s ancient olive groves. Engage in an enlightening olive oil tasting session, where you will discover its integral role in Greek cuisine and its numerous health benefits. Gain expert insights on how to distinguish top-quality extra virgin olive oil. This captivating experience blends education, gastronomy, and the therapeutic qualities of olive oil.

As a cherished memento, depart with a certificate that testifies to your presence and expertise in the olive oil sector. Let this token forever link you to the essence of our unforgettable excursion, a perfect harmony of tradition, taste, and timeless beauty.

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Included

  • Gardikios Castle Visit

  • Tour Guide

  • Olive Oil Tasting

  • Certificate of Seminar Attendance

  • Not Included

  • Free Olive Oil Bottles

  • Lunch

  • Memorable Gifts

  • Alcohol

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