Everything I’ve learned about extra virgin olive oil came from time spent with Tom and Nancy Alfonso of Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oils & Balsamics, and when I told them I was going to Greece, they instructed me to visit a local olive mill.

Ever the obedient student, I did just that!

The adventure began with a tour of the Kotsonis Estate Company, an 8,000-tree olive grove that has produced olive oil in this region since 1900. Following the tour, we sipped some of their best, a product called 3,000 BC, while enjoying a multi-course lunch with wine pairings.

Enjoy my interview with sisters Antigoni and Mando Kotsoni who shared a beautiful story about their family business.