The true origins of the olive tree are revealed in Greek mythology: Back in 800 BC, Athena and Poseidon competed against each other to decide who would become the ruling God of what is now known as Athens. They decided to present the people of the city with one gift each and let them choose whose they liked best. First, Poseidon struck a stone with his trident giving the people salt water. Athena countered by striking her spear on the holy rock of the Acropolis, giving the people their first olive tree. Pleased with the usefulness of her offering and her obvious generosity, the citizens chose the olive tree and renamed their city Athens in her honour. While this story is myth, its spirit lives on in our name and legendary olive oil.
For generations, the Tsiriotakis family has carried on the legacy of our ancestors, producing some of the purest, most delicious olive oil in the world. From tending fields and hand-picking olives, to first-cold-pressing the crop and packaging our bottles: every step of olive oil production is handled with meticulous attention to detail. Our family honour depends on it.
Harvested by our family on the island of Crete, Acropolis Organics provides hand-picked, first-cold-pressed, unfiltered olive oil that is simply divine. While commercial manufacturers often "blend" olive oils, we grow and press ours without the use of pesticides or chemicals using a single variety of koroneiki olives. These olives are renowned for their superior oil and are never mixed. The result is pure, simple and divine.
Panagiotis Tsiriotakis brought the family tradition of olive oil making to the Canadian market in 2003 when he founded Acropolis Organics. Born in Toronto, Canada, Tsiriotakis returned with his parents to their native village of Vouves, Crete at the age of nine. Over the next 20 years he learned the ins and outs of the olive oil business: from picking to production to promotion. After completing a degree in business and marketing from London Guildhall University, Tsiriotakis came back to Toronto to share his prized family olive oil with North America.