Our Tradition

The story of Olea: four generations, history in the making

After the Greek revolution of 1821, and the liberation from the Ottoman occupation, the land was sold to the Greek people by the leaders (captains) of the revolution. It was that time, in 1856, when

Nikolas Chronis, our great grand father, upon his arrival from the United States settled back to his hometown Goritsa and purchased a piece of land, next to river Evrotas that runs through the valley of Sparta. He planted a few hundred olive trees and patiently cultivated them to support his family.

When Nikolas died, his son George took over the family’s extensive land holdings, and became a respected member of the community and Lakonia. He was elected mayor over a twenty year period was responsible for some of the most important public works projects in both Goritsa and Tsintzina, because of his organizational skills, his tireless efforts, and most importantly, the high esteem in which he was held among the Tsintzinians in the States.

His honesty was unquestioned, and his desire and ideas to improve the quality of life in both towns was unmatched. He was honored as one of the most effective mayors in Lakonia by King Paul of Greece. He read and kept up with agricultural literature. Fascinated by the Israeli’s success with desert irrigation, he was one of the first to use drip irrigation in southern Greece.

Our grand father George passed away in 2002, and the fields continued to be cultivated with the same passion by his son Nikolas. Our father Nikolas, a retired cardiologist, is overlooking the fields and making sure the tradition continues as his grand father had envisioned.

Today, four generations later, George and Demosthenis Chronis, the great grandsons of Nikolas Chronis are proud to make the olive oil from these olive trees available to everyone.