Ages - luxury bottle
The eternal wonder of the oldest olive grove in Europe. The grove that has produced this crisp, delectable extra virgin olive oil ceaselessly for centuries. The olive juice you have the the good fortune of savouring is truly unique. An undeniable demonstration of the inconceivable forces of Mother Nature. And of its generosity, when its unspoken laws are respected. And her precious offerings are humbly received and cherished.
The fact that this monument of Nature is today in the loving hands of the Kelidis family and of their olive mill Kyklopas, may very well be a happy coincidence. Or just pure destiny. Perhaps they were chosen as the guardians of this testimony of History, in view of their awards from all over the world, which exceeds 100. Perhaps to have the scared duty of passing this unspoilt wonder to the next generations.
Ultimately, though, the true beneficiary is you: Ages is your opportunity to enjoy a piece of Evolution.
- Centuries-old olive grove with an ideal microclimate.
- Monovarietal / Makri olive variety.
- Region: Makri, Region of Evros, in the province of Thrace.
- Early harvest / Cold pressed.
- Olives harvested by hand.
- Olives pressed within 90 minutes max. of harvest.
- Limited production (2019: 1640 bottles).
- Acidity: very low (<0.3%).
- Aromatic Notes: banana peel, freshly cut grass, green apple, tomato.
- Taste: sweet, green almond, tomato, black pepper.
- Availability: only in fully opaque 500ml bottles, with flow control.
- Production: at Kyklopas (Argyris Kelidis) olive mill.
- Permanent colouring of the bottle in matt.
- The container (glass bottle), with its curves, distinguished proportions and shape, alludes to older forms, while remaining classic and modern. The chosen colour is a Greek dark blue; classy and timeless with a matt texture that also stimulates the sense of touch, in addition to vision.
- The main graphic could be none other than a stylized, gold-plated and embossed perennial olive tree from our olive groves - a tribute to this monument of nature.
- Finally, other details complement the entire image: the seal on the cap that proudly bears the guarantee of quality from Kyklopas, as well as the folded label that adorns the elegant neck of the bottle and tells the story of the product.
Kyklopas is a family owned and operated business that began its course several generations back. Argiris Kelidis has been immersed in the world of olives since being a toddler, side by side with his father and his mother. With this solid foundation and vast inherited knowledge, Argiris and his wife Niki Kelidoy went on to set up their own family mill in 1982. The Kyklopas olive mill is situated in Makri, Northern Greece, among one of the oldest olive groves in the Mediterranean, a stone’s throw away from the cave of Homer’s Cyclops (Kyklopas in Greek) and from the ancient road connecting European Turkey to Rome, Via Egnatia. As a result of their passion and love for what they do together with continuously keeping up to date with the latest developments, today the Kelidis family has 12.000 olive trees and 2.000 organically cultivated trees of the local Makri olive variety. They produce Kyklopas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one of the most highly awarded olive oils in Greece.
At Kyklopas estates, we cultivate our trees with prudent use of water, fertilisers and herbicides. Every phase of production is managed in such a way as to protect both the environment and the consumer. We use the latest technology in olive harvesting, harvesting with automated vibration machinery to avoid damaging the olives. We place the olives in crates which are well-ventilated and free of plasticizers. The olive oil is produced the very same day as harvesting and under optimal conditions (cold extraction below 25 degrees). Immediately after extraction, the oil passes through paper filters in order to retain the oil’s chemical characteristics and natural aromas. We then store the oil in stainless steel tanks in a cool and dry environment. Subsequently, we bottle the oil ourselves under hygienic conditions in accordance with ISO 22000:2005 and ISO 9001:2015.
Our mission is to continue producing a premium high quality extra virgin olive oil. We want to excite every consumer with our oil, catapult all their dishes to the next level while providing all the beneficial health properties of olive oil. For years now, our family has been using the very best olive oil, and we believe it is worth being on your table too.
"The advantage of our extra virgin olive oil is that we have full control of every single stage of the production process - from cultivating the olive grove, extracting the oil at our own mill to bottling on our premises. This way we are able to guarantee the consistent quality of our oil."
Over the years, we have participated in demanding international and Greek olive oil quality competitions such as Olivinus, Ovibeja, NYIOOC, China International Olive Oil Competition, London, IOOC Terraolivo, Athena KOTINOS, Japan, Olive Los Angeles, Monocultivar, BIOL, DER FEINSCHMEKER and many more. The results speak for themselves, with us winning a multitude of awards and placing Kyklopas Olive Oil in the top ten of the world rankings, and simultaneously putting the region of Makri on the world map of the olive oil industry.
Kyklopas Extra Virgin Olive Oil is exported to many countries around the world, including Germany, Switzerland, England, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Canada and Cyprus. We form long-term relationships with our customers and clients who depend on us. We adhere to schedules and we are in constant contact with the customer at all stages of preparation of each order. We ensure our products are received in optimal condition, both in terms of packaging (bottles - labels) but also their contents.
Kyklopas is sensitive towards the natural environment, inspired by our environmental conscience. Our environmentally friendly policy towards farming includes the composting of pruned branches rather than burning them. We also preserve the natural greenery and turf in our olive grove. We routinely inspect and examine the fallen leaves to ensure the best quality soil. In terms of oil extraction, liquid waste is collected daily by a biogas electricity plant while the leaves and pruned branches are used to make compost which is then returned to our olive groves. Finally, all our packaging is made of recyclable materials.
The story of the Cyclops (Kyklopas in Greek)
It is said that the Cyclops cave, who was named Polyphemus and is known from Homer's Odyssey, is located on the south side of the village of Makri, near Alexandroupolis. Specifically, the cave is located below the archaeological site, with an entrance dimension of 5*3 metres, which is increased as you go deeper. Space consists of different carved chambers with stairs and clay structures.
According to Homer's Odyssey, when Odysseus and his men entered the Cyclops cave, Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, prevented the men from leaving the cave. After the Cyclops had eaten two of the men and fell asleep, Odysseus and the others caught a wooden stick in his eye and turned him blind. Then, Polyphemus released the exit leading the sheep out of the cave and trying to trap Odysseus and his men. However, the men were hidden under sheep's bellies and managed to escape from the cave.
According to local tradition, the Cyclops cave was a place of worship of the deities of Thrace. During the Byzantine era, it seems that the area around and inside the cave was used as a cemetery.
Research shows that the area was inhabited during the Neolithic period (5000 BC) by a settlement, which is one of the most important in the Balkan Peninsula.