The Competition

ATHENA 2018
Delfoi

Delphi olive groves

The oldest olive groves in Greece.

It has existed for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest olive groves in Greece.

The wider area of Phocis is dominated by the Amfissa olive, one of the top Greek olive varieties, which is considered one of the best edible olives in Greece, along with the Kalamon variety.

In recent years Amfissa olives are also being used to produce olive oil with very good organoleptic qualities and pungency, as well as a richness and complexity that gives you the feeling that you are "drinking olives."

In addition, scientific studies have shown that Amfissa olives are particularly rich in polyphenols and have a lower fat content than other Greek olive varieties.

Why in Delphi?

Delphi, with its Oracle, was considered the center of the world in antiquity. Today it is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Covered with olive trees, the plain of Delphi is one of the most historic in Greece. It offers a unique combination of olive tradition and culture, since the well-known Delphi, with its Oracle, was considered the center of the world in antiquity.

Today it is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site which also includes part of the olive grove in the wider region of Phocis, although the latter does not enjoy the prestige it deserves. The combination of olive tradition, culture, and the promotion of the historic olive grove of Delphi ideally reflects the central core of the ATHENA competition's philosophy regarding the annual selection of its venue.

Besides, what better symbolism for award-winning olive oil than Athena in the role of the Pythia, giving an "oracle" of distinction that will contribute to its commercial success? Of course, unlike the ambiguous oracles of the Pythia, the ATHENA competition is totally transparent, definite, and explicit. In this context, ATHENA becomes an advocate of the olive oil that excels in the competition, given ATHENA's recognized status in the olive oil world after its first two successful competitions.

During ATHENA’s third incarnation, in Delphi, its upward course will continue

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