In ancient Greece, the olive tree was said to have been created by the goddess Athena and was considered so esteemed that only "virgins and chaste men" could tend the groves. Moreover, olive oil was so precious in ancient antiquity that the winners of the Ancient Olympic Games were crowned with wild olive leaf wreaths and given amphorae filled with precious olive oil.
prestige and necessity for olive oil in ancient Greece and Rome led to ships being built for the sole purpose of transporting olive oil from Greece to trading posts around the Mediterranean. For us, it was in 2009 when we begun to establish our trading posts in the United States and finally started importing our extra virgin olive oil .
oil runs through our blood. We are a family of four generations (about 150 years) of extra virgin olive oil producers working hard to bring our quality product from our trees to your table. Our family has a strong connection and love for Greece and the United States. The four Pierrakos siblings (Diamantis, Dino, Olga and Nayia) have been educated in the United States and reside in Virginia. Diamantis and Dino reside in Gainesville, Virginia and spend half of the year in Sparta, Greece working hand-in-hand with our father Vasili, who resides in Greece. Together, father and sons oversee our private olive estate to ensure a quality harvest and award-winning extra virgin olive oil. The four siblings and our mother, Magdalene, oversee Laconiko operations here in the United States.
Our olive oil, Laconiko, gets its name from the region of Greece, where our private olive estate is located - Laconia. In ancient Greece, Laconia was the principal region of the Spartan state and today Laconia's capital is Sparta. Laconiko also gets its name from the word "laconic," which is also derived from Laconia by analogy and means "to express a quality thought or idea using a limited amount of words" as the Spartans were reputed of doing by the Athenians. Similar to the Spartans of ancient Greece, our family produces "superb quality extra virgin olive oil produced by a limited amount of olive trees." We are able to achieve such quality because we do not mass produce, but rather focus on using quality processes resulting to an award-winning extra virgin olive oil.
mission is not only to produce 100% extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality, but to also educate our customers on the life cycle of olive oil production, quality assurance, and olive oil use. Providing educational awarness can help with making informed decisions about olive oils.
olive trees are in an ideal location and grown on sand. All our olive trees are planted in the sandy beaches of Southern Greece, right outside of Sparta. The sand is nature's best filtration system, thus eliminating impurities that may be present and assuring olives that are of the highest quality. Moreover, our private estate is located in one of the Natura 2000 sites, which are recognized by the European Union as sites protected for their unique habitats that safeguards the animals and plants which need these lands to survive. Being part of a Natura 2000 site assures that our estate is protected from environmental contaminants and pollutants. Thus further ensuring a controlled and quality olive production. Locate Trinisa on Google maps