More than a holiday destination
Greece is far more than a package holiday destination and has a food history to rival any Mediterranean destination. Greeks, and especially Cretan people have among the longest life expectancies in the world and their olive groves are among the best in Europe. The olive oil produced from them evokes the warm sunny days of the Greek hillsides like nothing else.
The olive oils
Ziro Sitias was awarded the Gold Medal for quality at the 2015 New York International Olive Oil Competition, along with Gold awards in 2016 and 2017 elsewhere around the world. For the curious, the awards are listed here along with analysis certificates.
Crete is recognised as the producer of the best olives and olive oils in Greece, with Sitia then noted as the area of Crete from which the best of the best oils can be found.
This is where Ziro Sitias is grown, produced and bottled before being shipped straight to Olivaceous who are now the sole UK distributor of this extraordinary product.
The packaging of the product reflects the quality of the contents, a bottle to be admired as well as tasted.
Paragaea compliment Ziro Sitias perfectly, in this case with their range of Aegis Gourmet flavoured olive oils, and a passion for olive oil which is so great they have even restored their own historic olive oil press in the town of Parga in northern Greece.
The olives are grown by Ilias and pressed to his own exacting standards, and then the olive oil is sold here in the UK, in Germany, in Greece and at their own olive oil museum.
If you visit Parga and meet Ilias at his oil museum, or his taverna on the Parga quayside, or attend one of his cooking experience events, you realise just how passionate he is, not just about making olive oils today, but about supporting and retaining the history of olive oil production in Greece and keeping it alive for future generations.
Where to find us
Olivaceous products are available online and via
selected retailers and markets.
Cheltenham Fine Food Market: 7th April 2018
Tewkesbury Farmer's Market: 14th April 2018
Cheltenham Fine Food Market: 5th May 2018
Worcester Food Festival: 8-10th June 2018 TBC
Abergavenny Food Festival: 15-16th Sept 2018 TBC
Stratford-upon-Avon Food Festival: 22-23rd Sept 2018
Standard 500ml bottle
ONE TO KEEP
This 500ml bottle is of premium early harvest extra-virgin olive oil, is beautifully packed in a white and gold bottle which is crying out to be left sitting on the kitchen worktop rather than hidden away in a cupboard. An award-winning olive oil which adds depth to any meal and is a perfect accompaniment to any salad.
Organic Olive Oil
FOR THE REAL FOODIE
A uniquely packed cold pressed extra virgin organic olive oil from Ziro Sitias, presented in a stunning black fluted bottle with wood and cork stopper, additional pouring stopper and encased in a black box. This organic olive oil has a taste to match it's looks and makes a perfect gift or self-indulgence.
FOR LIBERAL USERS
These two Aegis Gourmet olive oil based dressings are made by the Paragaea family business in Parga, in northern Greece. The Mustard one is made using mild mustard and local honey, while the balsamic also has additional spices and garlic. On special offer at the moment in the shop.
Whichever you choose you are always getting an exceedingly high-quality olive oil.