Wine & Greene Unfiltered Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil (5l)
Strangely enough, Wine & Greene’s first venture was not wine, but olive oil. A few years ago I went to visit my beloved, slightly eccentric aunt, in Greece’s wild and woolly Mani peninsula. This green, mountainous land in the southern Peloponnese is the source of one of the world’s best artisan food products: Mani olive oil. We hatched a plan to bring it to the UK.
Our oil comes from a small, family-owned olive grove up in the mountains. We ship it in its fresh, unfiltered form once a year, in the 5l cans the locals use.
Mani olive oil of this sort is usually exclusively for the locals. The oil is made on a small scale by families who have been doing it for generations. The quality is a given, and it is snapped up in plain five (or seventeen) litre cans straight from the press - quite different to most of the expensive oil you see here in tiny bottles. It is very fresh, unfiltered and completely unadulterated. It is simply harvested, pressed, canned and sold.
Thanks to our 'woman on the ground' (also known as my aunt Jo) for our first harvest (2017) we secured 100 cans of oil from a superb local grower. Dimitri and Tassos's family have been farming their olive groves for generations. The groves are all Koroneiki trees between 30 and 100 years old. Farming is in practice organic, but they do not go in for certification. The olives are simply pressed and the oil canned locally, unfiltered, within 12 hours of harvest.
Some things to note:
- This olive oil is unfiltered, so each can contains sediment from the flesh of the olives. This is part of the reason it has such a great flavour. It also means it may appear cloudy, and we recommend that when you reach the heavy sediment you pour it through a sieve to extract the last of the oil.
- The oil is best at its freshest and should be kept sealed in its can away from heat, light and air. We recommend re-filling a dark glass bottle from the can as you need it.
- It is best used as a dressing, for finishing or in recipes which will allow the flavour to come out. Tomato sauce- yes. Roast potatoes - probably not.
- Wine & Greene Olive Oil is released once a year. Once it's gone, that's it until the next harvest.