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Astarti Exclusive organic extra virgin olive oil is characterized as light to medium fruity. Its aroma is elegant and unusual; its taste is complex and fine with a definite bitterness and balanced pungency.

It is excellent on seafood, white meat, steamed vegetables and fresh salads.


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The main olive groves are located within the area of Stenokampos on the outskirts of Karava in the northern region of our island. The unique terroir, the microclimate and our farming practices which include dry cultivation and early harvesting (hand picked) are the factors which contribute to the superior quality of our olive oil.

At the oil processing factory (continious system), Astarti Exclusive is extracted by crushing the fruit at low temperatures (cold pressed) so as to avoid scorching the olive oil which would result in biochemical changes and loss of nutritional value.

All stages of production, from cultivation through to processing and bottling is certified by DIO (Greek Certification & Inspection Organisation of Organic Products) subject to Regulation EC834/2007 for organic agriculture.


ASTARTI – THE COMPANY

Our company Astarti is based on the island of Kythera-Greece and has been involved in organic farming since 1992 when Harry Tzortzopoulos, on completion of his studies in agriculture, returned to his forefathers’ island to take over the family olive groves. Since Astarti’s establishment in 2001, the company has been involved in the production, packaging and trading of organic and traditional Kytherian products.

Astarti’s goals and philosophy are:

• The promotion of organic farming on the island of Kythera.

• The processing and development of local produce.

• The marketing of high quality products (of limited production) of the Kytherian land to consumers in Greece and overseas.

• The promotion of environmental awareness and active participation in the protection of the Kytherian land.

The Style & Symbol of Astarti

According to various historical sources, it appears that the worship of the goddess of love, Ishtar, had its origin in Ancient Phoenicia. Due to the strong commercial relations and the resulting political affiliations developing amongst the various Mediterranean cultures the worship of the Phoenicians’ Astarti (Ishtar) gradually moved to the Southern coast and certain islands of the South-East Mediterranean basin (Cyprus, Crete, Kythera, Mylos), each place adapting similar names and rituals.

Kythera worshipped the Goddess as Astarti-Aphrodite (Aphrodite meaning she who has arisen from the froth of the seas) but with the passing of time the name of Aphrodite was upheld and she was worshipped as Goddess of platonic love.

The symbol of the company Astarti is the symbol of the fruit of the olive tree in Linear B script.

The family is expanding its interests to cover other organic products in an effort to revive traditional cultivation and local farming practices, as well as promotion of agritourism in the region.


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Business Address

Address:
Karavas, Kythera, 80200
GPS:
36.3449566, 22.952289999999948
Telephone:
(+30) 27360 33 588
info@tzortzopoulos-estate.gr
Web:
http://www.tzortzopoulos-estate.gr/

Featured Product

Producer:
Harry Tzortzopoulos
Brand:
Astarti
Origin:
Greece
Monovarietal:
Koroneiki

Awards & Accolades

1. Bronze metal for Taste in the 1st competition for Greek Extra Virgin Olive oils, during the 2nd Olive Oil & Olive Festival 2008 organized by the European Network of Regional Development (May 2008 Athens, Greece).
2. Gold medal in the World Ethnic Food Show 2006, Category Fruity – Small Producers, Médaille d’OR: Astarti présenté par Propositions Gourmandes Helléniques– Grèce (June 2006 Paris, France).
3. Second prize for packaging & presentation (250ml bottle) in EcoFestival 2006 (Nov. 2006 Athens, Greece).
4. Listed in the Italian catalogue L’Extravergine 2007 – A Guide to the Best Certified Quality Olive Oil in the World, a recognition to the best producers of extra virgin olive oil in all the world (published by Cucina & Vini Editrice and edited by Marco Oreggia).
5. Listed in the Italian catalogue Biol 2006, a recognition to the best organic olive oils of the world (June 2006 Bari, Italy).
6. Listed in the Italian catalogue Biol 2008, a recognition to the best organic olive oils of the world (June 2008 Bari, Italy).
7. Listed in the Italian catalogue Biol 2009, a recognition to the best organic olive oils of the world (June 2009 Bari, Italy).
8. Listed in the Italian catalogue Biol 2010, a recognition to the best organic olive oils of the world (June 2010 Bari, Italy).
9. Best packaging prize “Flavours & Life 2010″ of the public for the best product packaging during the exhibition “Flavours & Life”, which was held in Zappeio on 08-11 April 2010 (Athens, April 2010).
10. “Gastronomos 2011” Quality Award, from the well known Greek cooking magazine Gastronomos of Kathimerini newspaper (Athens, June 2011).


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