Mirambello Valley terroir
Much like wine, the characteristics of an olive oil - its quality, taste, aroma and colour - are determined by its environment and growing conditions. The fertile valley of Neapoli, also called Mirambello Valley, is recognized to produce some of the finest olive oils in the world.
The valley is near the coast on the Greek island of Crete with a geomorphology and microclimate ideal for olive cultivation: cold wet winters and hot dry summers. The rains roll down the mountains and hills of various elevations, running into many small dales like a natural irrigation system. This rainwater brings nutrients from the forests and wooded slopes into the olive groves. The valley is untouched by industry and unchanged by mass tourism. Pretty country roads wind their way through small isolated dales, terraced olive groves, tiny villages, monastic dependencies and fields of aromatic herbs and wildflowers.