In 1948 he was succeeded by his son, Nikolaos Markellos who established and expanded our family company. He built a strong foundation by setting new goals for the future.
In 1981 his sons, Dimitris and Panagiotis, continued the tradition for 30 years by investing in acquiring new olive groves and modernizing of our olive oil mill.
The fourth generation has been here since 2014. Four first cousins, Nikos, Christos, Michalis, Nikos, having deep roots from our predecessors, continue to write the history of our family tree, the olive tree.
The passage from the third to the fourth generation was combined in 2014 with the complete reconstruction of the facilities and machinery of the production unit of our company. In parallel we invested in obtaining new olive groves. That year was a critical point for us as we presented our first packaged product, Soligea.
Our aim is to succeed in harmoniously combining our tradition with innovation to improve our olive oil quality and contribute to the recognition of the Greek extra virgin olive oil in the international market.
Galataki is situated where ancient Soligeia used to lie, built on the ‘Soligeia hill’ where the ancient historian Thucydides described the descent of the Dorians after the battle with the Aioleis Corinthians, who then occupied Corinth. On this same hill did a historical battle between the Athenians and Corinthians take place in 425B.C. during the Peloponnesian War. Although, the root of the name has many explanations, the most likely one is that Soligeia was the ‘land of the light’.
Loutra Oraias Elenis was the harbor of the ancient town ‘Soligeia’. Their name comes from the thermal baths where Beautiful Helen, queen of Sparta, bathed after her return from Troy.
We, therefore, focus on supporting the continuous education, development and well-being of all our staff through processes which enhance their skills and expertise. We always aim to improve the services provided to our customers and the optimal quality of our final products.
We therefore take pride in supporting the local workforce and subsidizing cultural, athletic and other relevant initiatives.
We are also trying to reduce our ecological footprint as a company. Our quest is to operate with total respect for nature and harmony with the natural surroundings. All our products can be recycled or reused. It is very important for us not only to respect the environment, but also to participate in preserving it.