Laconía is a historical region in the southeastern part of the Peloponnese (Modern Greek: Pelopónnisos), southern Greece. The present Laconía corresponds closely to the ancient province, which was bounded by Arcadia and Argolís on the north and Messenia in the west. Sparta was once the capital of the ancient province (remember the movie 300? [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/300_(film)]).
Hail to the Village Valiant!
Our people hail from the village of Elea. Each year I get to return to the village for a month in the summer, a change to recharge my authentic Greek batteries.
Over the last few years, my dad has built a vacation compound and restored the Byzantine fortress on the property - Eleas Castle.
In 805 Laconia became part of the Byzantine Empire, and throughout the Middle Ages it was the scene of struggles between Slavs, Byzantines, Franks, Turks, and Venetians. Tradition holds that the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine Palaeologus, was crowned in the church of Hagios Demetrios, which still stands at Mistrás, just southwest of Sparta.
Proud of our heritage
The story of the Greek olive begins in the region of Laconía. Laconía’s warm rocky hillsides along the Aegean Sea provide an exceptional climate for olive trees. Grown naturally on the sun-drenched slopes of family groves, the olives produced here are among the finest in the world.
In future blogs, the team will write more about Olive Oil and how authentic Laconía Greek olive oil provides that extra virgin flavor to our recipes.