Economy- Agriculture and olive oil production

The primary agricultural occupations are animal breeding and olive growing. Most vegetable production takes place on the plains, which cover less than 15% of the island. The island has a long winemaking tradition and is home to the dry, white lemony wines made from the Robola grape. During your stay on the island, you may visit the Robola Winery, which is situated right behind the Monastery of St. Gerasimo and is clearly signposted.
Olive oil production is a major component of Cephalonia’s economy. The pressure of Venetian conquerors’ for olive plantation, especially after the loss of Peloponnese and Crete, resulted in increasing the production to such a degree that the first exports to Venice began. Before the 1953 Ionian earthquake, there were 200 oil presses operating on the island; today, there are 13. There are over one million olive trees on Cephalonia, covering almost 55% of the island’s area. Olive oil is very important to the island’s local, rural economy.

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