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Biolea

Astrikas Estate, Kolymbari, Crete 73006 , Greece
+(30) 28240 23281
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Kolymbari
Owner description: The Astrikas Estate organic olive groves are located in the small village of Astrikas, within the PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) area of... more » Owner description: The Astrikas Estate organic olive groves are located in the small village of Astrikas, within the PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) area of Kolymbari in northwestern Crete.Biolea specializes in artisan production of organic olive oil, stone milled and cold pressed. The company's organic olive oil is exclusively estate-produced and bottled.The Astrikas Estate is open to visitors; we offer a tour free of charge to anyone who is interested to learn about the production method of olive oil. TOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. « less
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

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

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Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

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... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

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... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Visited this place in June 2013, wanted to show my daughter the process of making olive oil, unfortunately there was nobody around on the property, so we kind of enjoyed the magnificent view all around and drove away but even-though my daughter was little bit disappointed we had a great time just driving around and exploring places. Highly recommended even... More

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Oosterhout
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

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... More

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Thank you Chloe we had a really good time learning about your olive production. Set in a beautiful location about 10kms from Kolymbari. Biolea is an organic producer and the result is a golden oil which is fragrant and light. The oil with lemon is really something. Our tour was made all the more interesting with the unexpected arrival of... More

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Sde Boker
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We thought we knew about organic farming, and about olive oil, until we heard the explanations at Biolea. Now we *really* know about olive oil! We bought 3 flavours to take home (regular, lemon accented, and orange accented). Delicious! Thanks for the time and effort in disseminating information, along with selling your oil. Good luck!

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Toppclass reception, tour and tasting. This is an "not too miss" when in Chania. Changed our reference of good oliveoil. Thanks!

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

It is a great place to find out all about the making of olive oil. Lovely views as well. We went late in the afternoon and were the only people there so got a lot of attention:) You can buy excellent olive oil there. On a side note: the owners have a very friendly dog.

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Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

As reviewers mentioned, announce yourself beforehand and you're certain of a personal tour of the factory. Christine was very hospitable and could tell us all sorts of things about their process of olive oil production. Pack light, as you'll want to buy in bulk ;)

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