Updated: Jul 5, 2022
The word “Staliá” comes from the Greek verb “ενσταλάζω” (to infuse, to instill), which also means to inspire, to cultivate a feeling gradually and systematically. Literally, it means “a little drop”, and in this case, “a drop of Greece” created for you by two sisters in the Peloponnese. Their dream is for these drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle around the world and inspire tasters to fall in love with the essence of Greece.
These drops of golden EVOO are squeezed in the sisters’ small town of Gargalianoi, in Western Messinia of the Peloponnese, where there is a long history of olive oil production of the Koroneiki variety. There, they helped their father in the modernization of traditional production methods of their beloved Staliá, with a deep appreciation of nature and their home soil.
Research has shown that olive trees have grown and been cultivated in Gargalianoi since 30,000 BC. In ancient times, olive oils were a cosmetic, and archaeologists have found large vats there dating back to the 15th-13th century BC, which were used to store olive oil, as something precious and even sacred. Today we love to orally consume Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but the origins of olive oil were as ointments for the skin. The ideals of beauty and olive oil have gone hand in hand since the beginning of its creation. No wonder packaging is such an art form in itself when it comes to creating a successful olive oil brand.
The Bougatsou sisters, Filanthi & Katerina, have carefully and artistically designed a bottle to protect their product from the ‘enemies’ of olive oil, namely sun and heat. However, it is what
is inside the bottle that matters most to them. They are the descendants of 5 generations of family cultivated lands which have produced olives, vines, raisins, cereals and figs. By combining tradition with technology and innovative design, this sister act has created a fully certified, high-quality product in a gorgeous package. The array of awards Stalia has taken home is as awe-inspiring as their love and commitment to creating such an elixir.
Staliá not only verified the excellent quality with Gold Medals for quality, every year but also was awarded Best Packaging Design Medal confirming its beautiful presentation at the international olive oil competition TERRAOLIVO. It was found among the olive oils of the best quality and was awarded a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition in 2022.