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Vassilakis Estate

Neapoli, Greece
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About Vassilakis Estate
Vassilakis Estate is a modern family business, going back four generations, specializing in superior category extra virgin olive oil and other traditional products like tsikoudia and a unique variety of table olives, called mouratolia olives. Our products have been awarded at national and international competitions for quality and packaging and they're also been certified with 6 certifications for all the stages of production. We believe in Cretan hospitality and so we offer what we eat, from our family table to yours.
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makalu8000 wrote a review Aug 2020
Toronto, Canada1,060 contributions87 helpful votes
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We had an excellent visit to this Olive Oil estate. Due to covid19 tours are reduced in time and extra precautions are being taken, which are well managed by the staff. Rena took care of us and gave us a guided tour which was very educational. She was extremely knowledgeable and made a great effort to explain the history of olive farming in Crete. We purchased some olive oil, honey and other delicacies. An excellent visit! Thank you Rena!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Igor S wrote a review Jul 2020
Malbork, Poland148 contributions116 helpful votes
We had high hopes planning this visit. During our holiday we also visited many small oil manufacturers in the mountains around Chania and retimno as well. Reading the reviews I thought it is the place to be. We were met by a quite tired and bored guide, who quickly toured us through a part of premises. More was about covid restrictions, wearing masks, gloves, the fact that they had to close part of the factory for visitors due to "safety". This was also the only place we found so far that required 3year old baby to wear a face mask. Not even at the airport is this required. The tour was quick and not very interesting, maybe because of the closed parts... This quickly led to a shop with (restricted) tasting area. All goods were given by the guide, I could barely taste the oil on the bread. I like to have a bit more of it. The kids also wanted to taste the oil (have a sample of bread and oil), this was met with subtle disapproval by the guided, but in the end she complied. The next brand was not offered to kids and I wasn't pushing the guide for more. Oil in fact was not bad and we bought some. We were also offered olives, honeys, jams, spices, tomatoes and many more ... I realized that those are nothing special, you can buy those at any local grocery store for half price. They also contained some chemicals and preserving additives that we normally avoid. Same for the wine, which I could not really taste. The lady poured some at the bottom of plastic cup of a vodka shot size. When I asked for more as I needed to feel the bouquet, I was met with negative facial expression followed by even smaller sample in another small shot cup. Stronger alcohols were ok, but way too expensive. Other farms in the region are more reasonable with pricing. The whole thing was in fact a big disappointment as we planned this to be the icing on the cake of our visit. The whole experience lasted 25 minutes, most was the truly difficult tasting (in masks and plastic gloves) where we felt pushed to buying the highly commissioned products. I recommend searching on the internet for smaller local manufacturers or farms, where the family treats you with more friendliness, kindness, and where you really can see simple people's passion for what they do (and they treat you like a guest, with no masks, gloves or "move away"s). This place looks like a tourist hub for all the big tour operators, where you are just a walking $ sign. Nothing special. The positive: good quality and tasty olive oil.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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MrThomas1981 wrote a review Oct 2019
Ipswich, United Kingdom600 contributions228 helpful votes
We came here on an organised tour with high hopes but were a little underwhelmed at the end. Upon arrival we noticed a poster which advertised the free olive tour and it indicated that it lasted about 60 mins. We can't have been there more than 45 including tasting and time to peruse and buy the products at the end! The olive oil itself is excellent and well worth the trip here just for that and the staff were knowledgeable and production line modern and impressive but having previously been to the olive oil museum in Parga on the mainland, we couldn't help but feel there was something lacking.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jayne D wrote a review Oct 2019
Doncaster, United Kingdom77 contributions35 helpful votes
We cans here after we hired a car for the day we were lucky there was only 4 other people there as we got there mid afternoon. The staff were really nice and the tour around is free plus free tasting. We had a personalised tour and the guide as lovely and answered all our questions, was very interesting and afterwards we got to taste olive oil based products and sample creams. We did buy a few things as the cream was lovely and the organic olive oil was just my taste but there was no pressure if you don’t want to buy. Well worth a look if you hire a car and have a spare hour not much for kids though.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Stamoschr, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Vassilakis Estate
Responded Oct 28, 2019
Thank you very much for your rating and for your kind words.
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Ana L wrote a review Sep 2019
Navan, Ireland2,367 contributions697 helpful votes
Short tour through the process of olive oil, followed from a taste of the different products produced there. You do not have to buy anything, but of course they want you to.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Stamoschr, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Vassilakis Estate
Responded Sep 29, 2019
Thank you very much for your rating and recommendation.
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