Giánnis Grosomanídis

Giánnis Grosomanídis has been caring for his 5,000 Adramytianí olive trees ever since taking over the family business from his father, who in turn inherited the farm from Giánnis’ grandfather. All harvesting is done by hand. Giánnis, his family, and a few seasonal employees scale the rocky hillside groves outside the villages of Kleió and Mandamados,  to hand-club the olives into nets spread out in the dry winter grass. In groups of five or six, they work from dawn until dusk to harvest the fruits following a year of careful organic farming. Many of the Grosomanídis’ groves were planted over 200 years ago, and all of their trees are at least a century old.

 Giánnis Grosomanídis, a third generation olive grower

Giánnis Grosomanídis, a third generation olive grower

 Adramytianí olive trees in the Grosomanídis grove

Adramytianí olive trees in the Grosomanídis grove