How the climate and the nature of Chania help make one of the best quality extra virgin olive oils in Greece

The climate and the nature of Chania are very important for the quality of the local extra virgin olive oil, one of the best in Greece.

There are many factors that contribute to the uniqueness of the climate and the nature of Chania, but the final result is a climate and a natural landscape that are very helpful for the growing of excellent olive trees that produce the unique Chania first-class quality extra virgin olive oil, which is one of the best in Greece.

The climate of Chania and how it is related to the quality of the local extra virgin olive oil

The Chania climate is very characteristic, and it has a lot to do with the quality of the local produce, and, of course, the quality of the Chania olive oil – especially the extra virgin type – which is one of the best in Greece, and known all over Europe for its characteristic taste.

A large part of this especial climate has to do with the natural location of the region of Chania: It is the westernmost region of Crete, and it is part of the climatological system of West Greece, which is characterized by increased rainfall in contrast with other parts of Greece, including East Crete.

As a result, Chania region has much more precipitations than the rest of Crete. And this helps the local olive trees produce the very unique Chania olive oil – the extra virgin type being its top quality – which, along with the Kalamata olive oil produced in the Peloponnese, are considered the best in Greece.

What the quality of the Chania extra virgin olive oil has to do with the local natural terrain

Chania region has numerous beaches, some of which are among the best in Greece and the Mediterranean in general. Indeed, many visitors to the region come primarily to visit the popular beaches on the north of the region, or the secluded beaches on the south.

However, the region of Chania is also known for its mountainous nature. Indeed some of the local mountains, like the White Mountains (or “Lefka Ori” in Greek), are so high, that you can hardly believe you are on an island. It is not a coincidence that the Chania region has a large amount of gorges, among which are some true miracles of nature, like the famous Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe.

The vast mountainous parts of the Chania region natural landscape are a far better land than its coastal counterpart to grow any kind of vegetables and fruits, and among them – you guessed it – olive trees, which are – and historically were – the most common tree to grow in these areas. The main reason for this land being better for cultivation is the local mountain microclimate, which has far more annual rainfalls than the coastal microclimate of the Chania region.

Hundreds of villages in the Chania mountains have historically survived and thrived due to their ability to grow the best quality of olive oil – and extra virgin olive oil – possible. As a result, the Chania olive oil producers have literally centuries of combined family experience in olive oil production.

The extra virgin olive oil of Chania has historically been – and still is – one of the best quality olive oils in Greece and Europe. This has to do with the climate and nature of the Chania area, but also with the timeless mastery of the local olive oil producers.

The Psaroudakis family has a long history of quality olive oil production and packaging, and knows from generation to generation how to best process the finest produce of the unique climate and nature of Chania: its highest quality extra virgin olive oil, one of the best in Greece.