Olive Oil Taster Seminar – Education 2017


The first Olive Oil Tasters Training Seminar, was completed on June 10 2017, with an enthusiastically attended graduation ceremony, where the participants that successfully completed the four month course were given their Certifications by the organizer Mr. Vassilis Frantzolas and the Scientific manager Mr. Manolis Salivaras.

The first phase, which mainly aims to select the prospective tasters that will continue with the second phase, was of 35 hours duration, in 5 days.
Presentations were given by Dr. Mauro Amelio (ONAOO-Italy), Dr. Augusti Romero (IRTA-Spain), Mr. Manolis Salivaras (Multichrom Lab-Greece), Mr. Simone Gaetano (Frantoio Fonte di Foiano-Italy) and Mr. George Kostelenos (Kostelenos Nursery – Greece)

See the 2’ video


The first phase was completed with the individual aptitude tests, aiming to detect the olfactory threshold for three different defects and the taste threshold for one positive trait.

See the video from an olfactory threshold test and the ranking of the samples according to intensity of the defect.


After the aptitude tests, three candidates did not pass originally. They chose to continue the training and at the second testing opportunity given them, all passed.

The second phase, with a total duration of 22 hours was completed on June 10 2017, after six sessions on Saturdays, during which, more than 100 selected samples of olive oils, mostly defective, were tested by each taster. The samples (8 to 10 per session) that came from Italy (ONAOO) were tasted under the guidance of Dr. Mauro Amelio, Technical Director of ONAOO and the samples from Greece (6-8 per session) were tasted under the guidance of Mr. Manolis Salivaras, Scientific manager of Oliveoilseminars.com

Olive Oil Taster Catalog

Full Name Occupation Location Email
Apostolakis Manousos Producer / Olive Oil Trading Chania Crete / Athens [email protected]
Vasilis Vamvoukakis Olive Oil Producer Heraklio Crete [email protected]
Viziotis Polichronis Amateur Olives Grower Volos [email protected]
Vlachavas Odysseas Food Consultant Thessaloniki [email protected]
Georgoulis Lambros Environmentalist Olive Oil Producer Kalivia Thorikou [email protected]
Thomopoulos Nikos Olive Oil Grower Apidea Lakonias [email protected]
Ioannidis Apostolos Producer Athens [email protected]
Kavalieratos Christos-Stavros Organic Olive Oil Grower Fthiotida / Athens [email protected]
Kavouras Theodoros Olive Oil Producer Fthiotida / Athens [email protected]
Karathanos Stefanos Producer / Olives Trading Messinia Arkadia Ilia [email protected]
Katsivelis Pavlos Food Trading Athens [email protected]
Kokolaki Eirini Olive Oil Producer Messara Crete [email protected]
Komoutos Nikos Grower Producer Trikala [email protected]
Kotsoni Mando Olive Oil Producer Argolida Pelopponisos [email protected]
Koutrakis Konstantinos Olive Oil Producer Heraklio Crete [email protected]
Logothetis Dionyssis Producer / Olive Oil Miller / Olive Oil Trading Vasilikos Zakynthos [email protected]
Lykos Nikolaos Enterpreuner Athens [email protected]
Malafouris Anastasios Olive Oil Trading Zakynthos [email protected]
Maraveli Vasiliki Agronomist / Olive Oil Miller Agrinio [email protected]
Manitara Panagiota Food Technologist Lakonia / Athens [email protected]
Panagiotopoulos James Production / Olive Oil Trading Athens [email protected]
Papadionissiou Dionissis Enployee Athens [email protected]
Papadopoulos Konstantinos Olive Oil Miller Pyrgos Ilias [email protected]
Petropoulos Ignatios C.E.O. KALLONI S.A. Thessaloniki [email protected]
Salivaras Dimitris Food Technologist Athens [email protected]
Saratsiotis Georgios Producer Pylos Messinias [email protected]
Stergos Doukas Production Director Mytilini Lesvos [email protected]
Spenda Kristallia Olive Oil Miller Lakonia [email protected]
Stamou Athanasios Producer Paiania [email protected]
Tzanetou Eugenia CHEF / Producer Athens [email protected]
Tokas Alexandros Olive Oil Miller Alexandroupoli [email protected]
Trichias Marios Grower Olive Oil Producer / Lawyer Piraues [email protected]
Frantzolas Vasilis Quality Consultant Athens [email protected]
Chalanta Maria Producer Rhodos / Athens [email protected]