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Kefalonia

Island and family background

Kefalonia is located on the West coast of Greece and it is the largest of the seven Ionian Islands. A large island with diverse and dramatic scenery, Kefalonia has many wonderful bays and inlets which help to form its unusual shape. The south of the island is dominated by the forest covered Mount Aenos which reaches a height of 1628m (5341ft).

Our island became famous with the release of “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”  in 2001, based on the novel by the English author, Louis de Berniere.

Kefalonia has a history dating back over 40,000 years and is rich with archeological sites including evidence that Odysseus originated from Kefalonia!

Our family (Migliaressi) first arrived at the island from Italy in the early 15th Century and soon became one of the most influential families; this culminated when the family recieved a noble title from the ruling Venetian family.

Our long standing family tradition of producing superior extra virgin olive oil dates back to the early 20th century with our grandfather Agisilaos Migliaressi. After studying agronomy in France, Agisilaos returned to Kefalonia and applied the new  cultivation techniques, revolutionary for that time, which he had learnt and dramatically changed both olive oil production and wine making on the island.