Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse, located in the Southern Peloponnese region of Greece is one of only three properties in Greece to comply with European ecotourism labeling standards. Eumelia defines what "Earth Day, Every Day" truly means.
Its proprietor Frangiskos Karelas and his family have cultivated this farm since the 1890s and is now one of the leaders in homeodynamic agriculture and argotourism in Greece.
Sprawled across a 50-acre working farm in Laconia, Eumelia offers five spacious modern, eco-sustainable cottage accommodations and is focused on sustainable farming and tourism development in the region with respect to the community and its natural environs.
Eumelia, which means harmony in ancient Greek, is situated between the mountains Taygetos and Paronas, amidst gorgeous herb fields and about 2 km from the village of Gouves in a traditional farming area about 13 kilometers from the beautiful Lakonikos Gulf.
The 2,000 year old ancient olive groves are an integral part of Eumelia’s bio-dynamic farm and need minimal influence from humans. The entire process is organic with no chemical, pesticides, hormones or fertilizers used, thus giving a final product that is healthy while protecting the land. Frangiskos has created a farm that is poly-cultural with a biodynamic olive grove including grapes, almonds, pine trees, cypresses trees along with wild herbs and edible greens that grow naturally. This abundance of positive characteristics influence the quality of the farm’s olives, making it rich in nutrients. The olives at Eumelia were analyzed by the institute, and were proved to be high in polyphenols (which helps prevent cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes).
Frangiskos oversees every aspect of this working farm that employs homeodynamic agriculture methods and other progressive farming techniques that enable nature to heal and replenish itself at its own pace. Eumelia even makes its own organic products sold on their e-shop, eumeliashop.com, including extra virgin olive oil, iconic Kalamata olives, wine and lavender soap, benefiting the farm, local community and the land itself. Frangiskos and his wife, Marliena, recently received formal training from the Kalamata Olive Oil Taste Laboratory Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese, and became certified olive oil sommeliers. They wish to impart their knowledge about the nuances and intricacies of this essential part of Greek culture to guide guests through the process from picking olives to oil pressing and tasting.
Each of the five spacious cottage accommodations was designed in traditional Greek farmhouse architecture with environmentally friendly building materials and features modern amenities like WIFI and satellite TV, a separate living room, dining area, a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, a private garden, and a large veranda with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can also participate in activities such as yoga, meditation, photography workouts, soap making, mountain biking, sea kayaking, horseback riding, art workshops and more.
As an environmental learning component, Eumelia welcomes guests, groups or small teams to have a hands-on experience with their sustainable farming methods, to learn and be one with nature. The aim is to establish a cultural space encouraging ecotourism, agrotourism, and education that receives and entertains visitors and locals alike discussing issues such as environmental technology, organic farming methods, alternative health, sustainability, self-sustainability and progressive educational tools.
Eumelia has received many awards and accolades including the recent TripAdvisor Greenleaders Platinum Award for their efforts in sustainable tourism, and has since pledged to continue to improve and spread awareness of the importance of green, sustainable, natural practices in tourism as well as in organic farming.
Some of the eco-sustainable methods Eumelia has applied include:
- The buildings are heated and cooled through the use of geothermal power with heat pumps minimizing the use of petroleum or electricity
- Natural waste management root system that recycles the water and creates compost from the farm as well as from the hotel facilities
- Water is recycled from the building structures and used for farming purposes
- Water monitoring, minimal use through water conservation technologies
- Electricity monitoring, low consumption appliances and bulbs
- The property aims to use all solar and wind power in the future to reach one hundred percent self sufficiency
NEW programs to explore at Eumelia:
Organic Foraging/farm-to-table cooking classes (30EU pp) Guests can forage wild eatable flowers (calendula) and greens (horta over 15 varieties), wild asparagus, Saffron and gather organic veggies from the garden, creating dishes highlighting seasonal Greek specialties like organic grape leaves and local smoked trout accompanied with sheep yogurt, tahini and lemon zest / Maniatiki local pasta, organic fried egg with a mizithra cheese and rosemary and olive oil / or roasted local pork sausage with orange peel and spices with baked potatoes.
Wine Tasting & Food Pairing with natural wines from Greece (40EU pp) Nestled in the Eumelia’s vineyards, guests can taste a variety of the country’s natural wines paired with local delicacies, go on a tour of the vineyards, and learn about the history of wine from ancient Greece to today.
The following farm activities are free of charge for guests:
- Grape harvesting (August/Sept) and Winemaking - guests can pick grapes and learn how to make wines traditionally like pressing the grapes with their feet
- Olive picking in the ancient groves, and organic olive oil making / Olive oil tasting with Eumelia’s certified olive oil sommeliers
- Farming Activities feed and learn about the rescued breed of Greek black pigs which are used to make Eumelia’s own sausages and cured meats. Guests can also plant organic vegetables and work in the gardens.
- Visit and learn from Eumelia’s on-property beekeeper and taste the honey from the organic bee hives
For more information and bookings, please visit eumelia.com.