Aris Sarrigiannis knows how important it is to be able to work with people who are professional in their approach; people who are committed to their work and take pride in it. Aris doesn’t change the people he works with. They are only a handful, but they are the best at what they do. Aris sought these people out and he shares much more with them than simply what is said while working.
His pruners, the people he trusts to “tweak” his olive trees, are Antonis and Yannis Anagiannis. They know all there is to know about pruning and tend to the trees lovingly, their touch ensuring that the fruit will be good and plentiful.
The harvesters are Sergios Titisidis, Oleg Kovolkov and Yorgos Tsitras. Harvesting is a tough job, but for these guys it’s a pleasure. They’re glad to gather a year’s worth of toil. That’s 800 kilos of olives a day, placed in crates and handed over to Aris by evening, when he gets on his way to the oil press.
There, at the organic oil press, which is kept as scrupulously clean as an operating theatre (the equipment is disassembled, cleaned and reassembled each summer), Yorgos Evangelinos processes the olives and produces a pure olive oil, using cold water and cold machinery.
The oil handed over to Aris is clean and pure, exactly as the olives that were picked from the tree. Such quality olive oil is well worth the 60-kilometre drive to Kato Gatzea each day!
In charge of the honey is Constantinos Tsakiris. Beekeeping pupils came and went, but Constantinos stayed. Enthusiastic and purposeful, Constantinos fell in love with the beehives, the place, Aris, Aris’s family, Aris’s “people.” And he became one of them. Now, the honey has two people to take care of it. Two co-workers and friends, who feel like they’ve known each other for years, and who will surely keep working together for many years to come.
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But aládano’s people wouldn’t be complete without Stathis and Ioanna, Aris’s children. Sharing their father’s love for their grandma and grandpa’s land and for the beehives, they rush to help whenever the opportunity arises. Putting on their beekeeper’s outfits, they watch as the wisdom of nature unfolds before them. They don’t know if they’ll choose to follow in their father’s steps, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is the fact that at aládano, every day, they experience nature and its unique splendour.