“They grow on what the sky and the soil bring them.” According to this philosophy, Aris Sarrigiannis lets his 3,500 olive trees grow and bear fruit, be harvested and rest, and then begin their life cycle all over again.
He drives 120 kilometers every day for 15 days in order to ensure that his oil comes out clean, pure and organic – just the way his olives are when they leave his hands. He stands wakeful guard over the pressing of his olives, then takes it home, purges it of its sediment, tends to it and carefully stores it. Before his customers run out of oil, he will take them another batch. For Aris Sarrigiannis and the people at aládano, olive oil is not merely a means of survival – it is the essence of their life.