Vasilis Frantzolas

Olive Oil Taster & Quality Consultant
M. Sc. Food Policy City University London

  • Subscriptions for the new seminars started !

    We have announced the next two seminars! Part A' (Olive Groves and Olive oil making) - Saturday 14, January 2017 and Part B' - Saturday 3th, December October 2016.

    Join now to pre-register to secure a place because the number of participants is already large. Part B' seminar has 3 vacancies only.

  • Pruning seminars with Professor Riccardo Gucci

    Professor Riccardo Gucci  (University of Pisa - Italy), author of the book "Modern techniques for pruning trees" will give also this year, a seminar on pruning for, Saturday, April 22  and Sunday, April 24, 2017 . The seminar includes 2 -2.5 hours theory and practical training to an olive grove in Mesogeia, Attika,  where there will be a demonstration on trees 20 - 25 years old and also on trees 4 years old. Emphasis will be given on pruning techniques for tree shaking machinery and for mechanical collection with other methods. There will be simultaneous translation from English to Greek.

  • We have printed new posters for the organoleptic evaluation of olive oil and the best practices for olive oil mills

    We have released two informative / educational posters:

    1. The official procedure for proper tasting and sensory evaluation of olive oil.
    2. Best  practices  and  all  critical points to be followed at the mill for producing high quality extra virgin olive oil.

    Clicking on the eshop in the menu bar you will find all information about ordering and delivery n Greece and abroad (in English - upon request for the delivery). Also you can order blue glass tasting cups, I.O.C. specifications!


Seminar video

New series of Olive Oil Seminars certified by SWISS APPROVAL TECHNISCHE BEWERTUNG. Attend a new, revamped series of Olive Oil Seminars, which have been certified by the institution SWISS APPROVAL,  according to their procedures and specifications.

Olive Oil Seminars offer basic as well advanced knowledge for people who want to produce a high quality extra virgin olive oil and also get the principles of organoleptic evaluation and practice on the defects and positive attributes.

1. Best cultivation practices for a productive olive grove.

2. Chemical parameters of olive oil and how to improve them.

3. Analytical description of best technological practices at the olive oil mill in order to produce high quality olive oil.

4. Conservation principles of olive oil in order to maintain its characteristics.

5. The method of sensory evaluation (positive characteristics and defects), reasons of defects’ development and ways to eliminate them.

6. Organoleptic evaluation of defected samples, tasting and evaluations of positive attributes of 12-14 prime olive oils from Greece, Italy, Spain, etc.

7. How to get well prepared to export olive oil, how to set the cost elements, distribution networks, basic branding principles, competitions, exhibitions.

We visited in Tuscany, Italy three top quality olive oil mills !

During a three-day educational – informative trip to Italy from 12 to 15 October 2015 we visited and talked with the owners and technical managers of the three multi-award winning Italian mills: Franci, Colli Etruschi, Fonti di Foiano, all located north of Rome and Tuscany. The experiences and knowledge are unique and we always share with people attending seminars of  Part A’ – Olive Oil Seminars.

Impressions from an educational trip to olive oil mills and research Institutes in Morocco!

The impressions the journey of the international team of Varietals in  November in olive oil mills and Institutes in Morocco can be found in our article on ( !

Eight (8) awards at the NY Olive Oil Competition won by people who attended our seminars!

We have confirmed from the awards list of the NYIOOC 2015 that eight (8) olive oil brands out of the totally 35 awarded Greek olive oils were made  by several producers who have followed our  courses. The success of these producers came after several hours of  hard work and the guidance provided during the last three years. The new generation of Greek High Quality Olive Oils starts right here!

… And the winners are …

JP Kabos – Gold Award – James Panagiotopoulos
39-22 – Gold Award – Lefteris Kommatas
Mythosia – Gold Award – Konstantinos Papadopoulos
Ziro – Gold Award – Vassilis Beos – Giorgos Proestakis
Pelion Olive Farms – Gold Award – Vasilis Frantzolas
Sparta Groves  – Silver Award – Dimitris Tsarpalis
Navarino Icons – Silver Award – Sokratis Kalisperatis
Ladolea – Silver Award – Panos Kloutsiniotis

Vasilis Frantzolas
Personal office

6 Vas. Amalias
14561, Kifisia

T: +30 210 808 6565
M: +30 6944 314 878
F: +30 210 808 7305