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The cultivation of olives in Slovenian Istria does not have a long history, as severe frosts in 1929, 1956, and 1985 destroyed most of the trees. After the last frost, the Istrska Belica variety was planted and now accounts for approximately 70% of the trees in the region.
At the end of the 1990s Janko Franc Morgan, whom everyone calls Janko, decided to plant the first olive trees on his family's property. Before that they had always had a few dozen trees, which was enough for their own needs. He did everything by himself. In the beginning he cleaned and prepared the somewhat abandoned terraces for new plantations. He then split the logs of old, hardy olive trees, which always sprouted saplings after frosts, carefully nurtured the shoots and then planted them. When the saplings were strong enough, he grafted them with the Istrska belica variety. In the olive groves he also planted seedlings grown in nurseries.
When we entered the market, this was the first design for our olive oil
We started our promotional activities by selling our products at market stalls.
We decided to adopt organic production (BIO) with respect to our living environment and the care for our health. Organic production is controlled by external contractors, who issue an appropriate certification to the olive grower when all the necessary requirements are met.
The decision to use the PDO. The first protected designation of origin in Slovenia was entered in 2007 for extra virgin olive oil from Slovenian Istria which means that the oil has to be produced under precisely defined conditions, in terms of work in the olive grove, the varieties planted, and the processing of fruits into oil. These procedures are controlled by the relevant authorities.
We received our first major award at the Golden Olive Branch competition
First oils with various flavours (lemon, orange, chili)
We started to sell our products in boutique and chain stores.
Winner of the Golden Olive Branch competition.
Our oil began to decorate the tables of many prestigious restaurants.
The first groups visit us for oil tasting.
Our olive oil has achieved great acclaim, being selected as one of the top 20 in the world at the prestigious Flos Olei competition. This was just the beginning of our success, as we subsequently received the award for best ecological oil in Slovenia at the BIOL competition and were among the top twelve at the Sol d'oro competition in Verona. Our collection of awards also includes gold medals from prestigious competitions in Tokyo, Israel, New York, Paris, Stockholm, London etc."
Our oil received recognition beyond our national borders and so we started exporting it to Serbia, then Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, etc.
Our olive grove expanded and grew by an additional hectare.
Our latest label was created.
Implementation of the new motto: "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary". This means that the activities on the farm are focused on obtaining olive oil of the highest quality. The result of these activities are international and domestic awards we receive on an annual basis, and most importantly the satisfaction of our loyal customers.