A personal message from the founder of the Monolea brand
The inspiration to create the Monolea brand came in 2012 when I visited the island of Lesvos & tasted the unique flavour of the islands olive oil.
After my initial research I discovered the secret to the unique taste of the local oil is due to the high concentration of the “Kolovi” variety of olive which I discovered is cultivated almost exclusively on Lesvos island & virtually nowhere else in the world.
This was exactly what I had been looking for! This inspired me to create a new brand of Superior Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a brand that would establish a new level of excellence in the market.
In 2013 I purchased my first olive grove in south Lesvos, it had been virtually abandoned by its previous owner & set about bringing the field back to its former glory. This was the ideal choice because I knew the former owners had never used any non-organic products or fertilizers. Furthermore my new olive grove consisted mostly of ‘Kolovi’ olive trees, I also knew the combination of Kolovi & Adramytiani would produce (what I call) a ‘natural blend’ with a unique flavour.
The next two years was spent not only cultivating the trees & the land but developing the brand & image of the product to come. By 2014 I finally had the name & the concept and by 2015 I was confident the final brand design & logo was ready for the market.
In 2016 we received a silver award at the London International Olive Oil Competition. Later that year we entered the market with ‘’Monolea Classic’ & exported our entire production exclusively to a client in the U.A.E.
In March 2017 I was awarded official organic producer status, certified by Bio Hellas.
2018; Monolea Classic is featured in the ‘FLOS OLEI 2018’ A Guide to the world of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
2019 & Beyond; In future I intend to expand the Monolea product range with my local partners…. so watch this space!