We went on a morning tour of this delightful organic olive oil family estate just about 40 mins west of Chania. We were shown around by the owner Christine who took us through the plant and showed us how they process the olives using granite mill stones and bespoke machinery to get as much pure oil as possible, with no additives / water used to dilute or affect the quality of the end product. This is true cold pressed stone milled olive oil and the taste of the final product was subtle and superb. I especially liked the two flavoured varieties of lemon and orange - again using the same milling process to give gentle flavoured oils for salads or cooking.George (husband and 3rd generation family head) was on hand to help with sales at the end, and it was clear that they both were very proud of the quality and standard of their product. I would agree whole-heartedly with them.A delightful and informative way to spend a morning and fully appreciate what effort it takes to make a top-quality extra virgin olive oil. Forget the supermarkets - this is the real thing.
What a surprise to find a Canadian lady giving us a wonderful tour of her organic olive oil factory with old stone presses. Will order online from them.
We visitied BioLea after Karavitakis Winery - a great double ! we were a party of eight who had not booked but were welcomed and had a very interesting tour of the small factory and shown how organic stone pressed oil is made, although not olive oil production season, we were shown a video to bring it alive and tasted the best olive oil I have tasted, the lemon and orange milled ones were beautiful and the extra virgin had no bitterness and was light and nutty and sweet.we need a UK distributor!I think the owners name was Christine (apologies if not) and she was very passionate and knowledgeable - as an added bonus the location was stunning and the drive up and around was worth it.We will be back.
My girlfriend and I are from Montreal, Canada. We visit the Biolea mill while in Crete, because they are one of the rare (and last) olive mills to use the old traditional way of producing olive oil, which consists of stone milling thanks to huge granite stones to manually crush the olives for the cold pressing. We had a guided tour of the facilities by the owners who were so kind. It is nice to see producers that really care about the quality of their products. I am from Greek decendance so olive oil runs through my veins. Let me tell you that the extra virgin olive oil of Biolea is very good! Very soft taste. Congratulations to the Dimitriadis family for their great work.
We dropped by without appointment and were welcomed by Christine who gave us a good explanation of the process they use to press olive oil. The traditional way of pressing by milling stones yields olive oil with much more natural anti oxidants than olive oil made by the modern method that is common nowadays. Only organic olives are used by them. Indeed the olive oil we tasted had a very mild and pure taste. The other two types, with lemon and orange flavor - made by adding fruits to the olives being milled - tasted also very pure and natural. The small company they are is enthusiastic about their products and is really worth a visit to learn about the essentials of olive oil.
Very sympathetic guided tour of the installation and nice tasting of olive oil, that you can buy after for very good price.
Great place with views up in the White Mountains. Guide spoke fluently in 3 languages.Video supports the commentary after the tour. Sampling the oild upstairs with bread then an opportunity to purchase a bottle.Interesting tour for gourmands
Biolea is truly a remarkable "juice" of the Olive, it is found just a short drive from Chania in the Astrikas Estate. The area is breathtaking, quite, clean and the sheep and goats roaming the steep slopes probably the healthiest and happiest I've ever seen.we toured many places on the island met many friendly and hospitable people and listened to many stories about so many wonderful Olive Oils but Biolea is still the best one can find, it is so smooth and so healing. Thank you George and Christina, we love Biolea Olive Oil.
My friends and I were traveling though Crete for just a few days and, while we could have spent each one at the beach, we decided to explore the interior a bit. Fortunately, a little bit of research brought us right to Biolea. I called that morning and was able to arrange a tour for the same afternoon. Christine was welcoming, friendly, and very knowledgeable. While they have just a small staff of mostly family, she spent a long time with us describing their traditional approach to milling olives and all the incredibly hard work that goes into making a high-quality product. It really was stunning to learn about the intricacies of the process and the effort they've put into preserving old-world techniques.Then, the best part comes when you can taste all the products. Again, despite all she had to do that day, Christine was patient and helpful in guiding us through the tasting process. She even gave us a bunch of restaurant recommendations for small, out of the way, non-touristy spots.
We had a lovely visit to this olive oil estate. Christine, the owner, showed us around and explained the processes used to produce their olive oil. We had the opportunity to try the delicious oils and find out for ourselves the benefits of using stone mills and cold pressing to produce such a high quality oil.