The island of Lesbos is the largest island of the north-east Aegean sea. It has a natural environment that presents great diverseness of landscapes and important biodiversity features, something remarkable for a local insular area. In 2012 the island listed three of its areas as Natura in the Global Geoparks Network of Unesco. Dominant cultivation of the island is the olive tree, with groves covering more than 500,000 acres, thus contributing a significant share to the total of Greek olive oil production.


Plomari is the most populated town of Lesbos after Mytilini. Located on the south coast is considered to be a traditional settlement. Its main expansion was during the 18th century, both in terms of population as well as in trade and industry. Today Plomari is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its ouzo and olive oil production. The specific micro climate provided by the massif engulfing the town gives the characteristic taste and aroma to its olive oil.

The Donkey

The planting of the olive groves of the mountainous Plomari is dated by historians close to the 16th century when people moved high in the mountains far from the sea spurred by fear of pirates. The donkey during all these centuries has contributed vastly as a means of transport. One could argue that it has contributed so much as to say that the Plomarian olive grove would not have existed without its work. Nowadays its population in Greece is shrinking sharply from 508,000 in the 50's to 95,000 in the 90's and to less than 16,000 in 2008. Tending to become a remnant of a lost era, one more piece of the disintegrating natural environment. This olive oil is a tribute to this animal and a big thanks for its work.