Valsamikes - Gourmet Kalamata Olives with Balsamic Vinegar

DescriptionValsamikes gourmet olives are the result of the persistent vision of Sakellaropoulos organic farms, in the emergence and evolution of natural Greek table olives in new paths of high quality and gastronomy.

They are an experience of unique gourmet taste, now recognized worldwide in many competitions, with unprecedented distinctions for Greek table olives.

At the same time, Valsamikes are the olives that participated exclusively in the 1st and 2nd global clinical studies of the NKUA under the supervision of the World Olive Center for Health, for their positive impact on human health.  


High Phenolic Kalamata Olives

Gourmet - With balsamic vinegar - Natural

At Sakellaropoulos organic farms, in Sparta, Laconia, since 1992, the first Greek terroir has been created with certified organic cultivation, vertical production and approved packaging according to Greek and international standards.

After years of efforts with exclusively vertical self- production (single estate), innovative methods and scientific knowledge, we cultivate, produce and package the table olives "Valsamikes" gourmet, which are high quality Kalamata olives with an amazing combination of laurel, aromatic balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.

natural black olives kalamata vinegar organic valsamikes high phenolicThey are considered one of the leading expressions of creation of Sakellaropoulos organic farms, belonging to their premium series "Gourmet Kalamata Olives", which create new tasting horizons in the Greek table olive, as a proposal of high gastronomy.

They are also one of the main functional foods of our organic farms, with one of the highest concentrations of phenols in the world, but also health protective substances in general, based on scientific research of university institutions and multiple awards in international competitions, for their health protective ingredients.

The Valsamikes olives are completely natural table olives, with a very unique taste and aroma, which lead to the conclusion that they are table olives with superior organoleptic characteristics. They are, after all, one of the key ingredients of the world-famous "Mediterranean diet", which seems to have amazing effects on the longevity of the Mediterranean people.

They combine the authentic, pure taste of Kalamata olives with their specialized natural way of processing, based on tradition and scientific monitoring, with minimal addition of salt in all stages but also a unique combination of the extremely characteristic laurel and the uniqueness of balsamic vinegar and lemon.

They are an experience of unique gourmet taste, now recognized worldwide in many competitions around the world, with unprecedented distinctions for Greek table olives.

Their production methodology is innovative, starting exclusively from our organic farms, which is why they are characterized by the international term single estate table olives of Kalamata variety.

There is absolute management during their handmade collection at the optimal stage of ripening, with simultaneous quality sorting before they go through the process of many months of natural fermentation, in a few hours from the olive harvest.

Their non-thermal processing (pasteurization) at any stage, from harvest to final packaging, has a significant effect on their content of beneficial micronutrients but also on their quality.

natural black olives kalamata vinegar organic valsamikes high phenolicThe gourmet Kalamata table olives Valsamikes of Sakellaropoulos organic farms are 100% natural, and are not processed or artificially tanned, like the usual olives on the market. At the same time, no intervention is made in their physical form, such as the deconstructive "slitting" or the violent "cracking" or their exposure to the sun and the atmosphere, as in the usual olives of the market.

Another important difference is that in Valsamikes gourmet olives, the salt content is at very low levels, throughout the fermentation process and in the final packaging, at a rate of less than 50% of the average salt content of the olives that usually on the market.

In their final packaging we add a large amount of organic extra virgin olive oil of our organic farms, a small amount of fresh lemon and aromatic laurel. The dominant taste character is given by the aged balsamic vinegar, of slow natural maturation with intensity in the aromas and bittersweet aftertaste notes.

During the aging period of this balsamic vinegar, which does not contain caramelized sugar, a portion evaporates and it is commonly said that this is the "angel’s share", a term also used in the production of whiskey, brandy and other beverages.

Gourmet Valsamikes olives are produced without chemical additives, without artificial preservatives and without pasteurization. We do not use sodium hydroxide, ferrous gluconate or other chemicals during the debittering process, which destroy many of the beneficial components of the olive and the substances that promote the development of high aromatic and taste characteristics.

Consequently, the gourmet Valsamikes olives of Sakellaropoulos organic farms have a high nutritional value, as they have high levels of phenolic compounds, antioxidants, vitamins, and beneficial micronutrients, which are preserved through the natural process of many months of fermentation. The result is a "live" functional food with wonderful natural aromas and excellent taste.

It is of no coincidence that the gourmet Valsamikes table olives of Sakellaropoulos organic farms, have been awarded with the highest distinction of the Super Health Award with Top Gold and Over All Gold awards for the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, at the Aristoleo High Phenolic Table Olive Awards, the international competition that counts the high beneficial ingredients (phenols) that table olives have.

They are characterized as one of the types of olives with the most beneficial health-protective ingredients in the world. These beneficial ingredients for table olives are phenols, predominantly hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and their derivatives.

natural black olives kalamata vinegar organic valsamikes high phenolicThese phenols are powerful micronutrients that belong to natural antioxidants, have significant biological activity and have been attributed anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and neuroprotective properties.

For Sakellaropoulos organic farms, the collaboration with university research institutes is at their core and is the scientific proof of the quality diversity of their table olives.

Such an example is the 1st worldwide clinical study carried out by the scientific team of the School of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the 401 General Military Hospital of Athens, under the supervision of the World Olive Center for Healththe results of which were announced at the scientific conference of the Oleocanthal International Society (OIS) in 2016 (read more).

The 20 volunteers who participated in the clinical study, completely healthy, saw an overwhelmingly significant improvement in their lipidemic profile, especially LDL / HDL cholesterol indicators, consuming only five (5) Valsamikes table olives per day.

The gourmet Valsamikes olives were selected for the study, as Kalamata type olives produced by Sakellaropoulos organic farms, as they were found to have 5 times higher concentration of hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol than the other commercially available olive varieties.

A 2nd clinical trial was carried out in a larger group of patients with hyperlipidemia, from 2017 to 2022 entitled “The effect of daily consumption of Kalamata table olives on the lipidemic profile of patients with hyperlipidemia”. The research was carried out at the Hypertension Unit, First University Cardiology Clinic, Ippokratio GNA and at the Biopathological Laboratory, 401 General Military Hospital of Athens in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy of NKUA where 94 volunteers participated, of which 71 completed the study. Statistically significant results were found in cholesterol and LDL levels of 71 patients (p<0.05), while no significant change in HDL and TG levels was observed. Cholesterol showed a significant decrease of 9.01 units and LDL levels showed a decrease of 10.98 units after only 30 days of daily consumption of just five olives, while the results were published in the annual edition of the World Olive center for Health, on May 2022 (read more).

Apart from the rich health protective ingredients, the unique identity of the premium series, "Gourmet Kalamata Olives" and especially of the Valsamikes olives is defined by their taste profile, which is of very high quality.

The gourmet Valsamikes olives of Sakellaropoulos organic farms are plentiful and tastefully belong to the international category "excellent olives".

They have many taste characteristics that give them excellent taste personality, proper maturation of fine olive aroma, uniformity of size, low salt content, with correct firmness and percussive crunch.

natural black olives kalamata vinegar organic valsamikes high phenolic cholesterol nkua study clinical HDL LDLTheir delicious palette is complemented by the slight bitterness, the rich fibrous texture, the spicy notes in the taste, the freshness and the refined aromas.

Their identity is completed with a prolonged aftertaste, to which the aromas and flavors of the accompanying ingredients contribute harmoniously. The intensity of the delicate laurel is combined with the fragrant lemon juice, in a combination of opposite flavors. Then, the balsamic vinegar is added to the flavor panel of the aromas, which characterizes the whole profile of the Valsamikes olives, like a hidden delicious treasure that is waiting patiently to be discovered.

For this special taste and high quality, the gourmet Valsamikes table olives are constantly distinguished in the largest international table olive tasting competitions.

They have received repeated distinctions in the famous Great Taste Awards competition in London. They were honored with the gold star award, one of the high distinctions of the competition for 2012 and 2015.

At the same time, they have been awarded for three years, by numerous panels of gastronomic judges, in the international table tasting competition of Taste Olymp Awards 2020, 2019 and 2017, with the very great distinction of the Gold Award of taste and quality, with a high score by the tasting judges, that exceeded 90%.

As a result, Valsamikes olives are ranked among the world's elite gourmet foods, and are considered one of the most award-winning table olives in the world.

The gourmet Valsamikes olives are the result of the persistent vision of the Sakellaropoulos organic farms, in the emergence and evolution of the taste characteristics of the natural Greek table olives in new pathways, of high quality and gastronomy.

The focus and philosophy of the whole new series "Gourmet Kalamata Olives" with the signature of Sakellaropoulos organic farms, is exclusively the great value and their global uniqueness exclusively for the internal content, and not the packaging or the design, the marketing or the branding.

As a single estate and terroir olive product of Sakellaropoulos organic farms, it is packaged exclusively in our modern packaging facilities with all the legal specifications for food safety and hygiene (see more).

Gourmet Kalamata olives Valsamikes – Unpasteurized – Without preservatives

With triple rigorous selection by hand - 10 month natural fermentation process

  • Aristoleo High Phenolic Awards 2023 GOLD
  • Aristoleo High Phenolic Awards 2022
  • Olymp Taste Awards 2021 GOLD
  • Aristoleo High Phenolic Olives 2021
  • Olymp Awards TASTE GOLD 2020
  • Aristoleo High Phenolic 2020 Gold
  • Aristoleo High Phenolic 2019 Gold
  • Olymp 2019 Silver
  • Aristoleo High Phenolic 2018 Gold Green
  • OlympTaste Gold 2017
  • Aristoleo High Phenolic Olives 2017
  • Great Taste Awards 2015 1 Star
  • Great Taste Awards 2012 1 Star