Two new extra virgin olive oils from Greek island Crete will soon in UK stores

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UK based company Candiasoil will launch two extra virgin olive oils in UK Tesco stores on 14 October 2013. New Olive Oil products are produced on Greek island Crete.

oi1 Peza is produced from Koroneiki olives grown in the green, fertile region of Peza in central Crete. The oil is a smooth and slightly fruity extra virgin olive oil ideal for drizzling over cooked red meat, vegetables and homemade dressings.

oi1 Viannos is produced from Koroneiki olives, but these are grown in the mountainous and costal region of Viannos in southern Crete, which gives this extra virgin olive oil a more robust, fruity, peppery taste.

£6.35 for each 500ml bottle.

Why CandiaSoil olive oil is one of the best

The olive oil we provide is exclusively from the “Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Crete” category. However, the “Extra Virgin” label, which is awarded to all olive oil with an acidity level below 0.8%, is not enough for us. Those involved in olive oil know that this limit can also be achieved by mixing various olive oils of various acidity levels (from very low to very high), so that the average may be a figure within the acceptable range limits. There are also cases of extra virgin olive oil emerging from the mixing of oils from various regions or countries, even different olive varieties or different crops (mixing older with fresher oils). Such olive oil mixtures will be good, but not the best, as they are the result of mixing olive oils with different personalities.

The olive oil that makes a difference and is a cut above all olive oils distributed in the mass market of extra virgin olive oil has the characteristics of family-produced, artisanal olive oil: it originates from the same olive-producing region, i.e. from olive groves of the same soil and climate, it is extracted by the same olive oil mill, it is stored and preserved in the same way. This is the only olive oil that interests us and the only olive oil we sell.


The vision and philosophy of our company are expressed through its very name: CandiaSoil* : the olive oil of the Cretan land of Greece.

Growing up on the Greek island of Crete and working in its olive groves, we have had unique experiences of flavour and tradition that we wish to share with you. For us, olive oil is our culture. It is integrally linked with the history of this land, with its residents’ struggle for survival, with the scents of the island.

Having thought long and hard, we created CandiaSoil and are now in a position to offer the best olive oil produced on the Greek island of Crete. This is not merely an extra virgin olive oil; it is the most authentic olive oil, coming from a single geographical region, and offers unique scent, flavour and healthy properties.

For us, the venture has been an enormous challenge, as we chose to distance ourselves from the modern trend of adapting olive oil as a low-price product at the expense of its quality. On the contrary, we decided to take a risk and focus our activities on only one kind of olive oil: the best. Our top goal is for the olive oil that will reach your table to be nothing but the natural juice of the olive.

*Candia was the name of Crete during the period of Venetian rule.

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