Timon and Kris Brataševec: Pioneers of Organic Olive Oil Excellence

Timon and Kris Brataševec: Pioneers of Organic Olive Oil Excellence

In the picturesque hills of Goriška Brda, nestled on the border between Slovenia and Italy, the Brataševec family has cultivated a legacy of organic olive oil production. Their story is one of passion, innovation, and a commitment to sustainable practices.

Fifteen years ago, the Brataševec family made a bold decision: to replace their vineyards with olive trees. The olive trees had nearly vanished from the Brda region after a devastating frost in 1929. Undeterred, brothers Timon and Kris Brataševec embarked on a journey to revive this ancient tradition.

At Villa Eva, their family estate, the Brataševec brothers have meticulously tended to their olive groves. Their commitment to organic production extends beyond mere farming—it’s a way of life. They’ve embraced modern techniques while respecting the land’s natural balance. Their state-of-the-art automatic irrigation system, sourced from a mineral-rich underground well, ensures optimal conditions for olive growth and enhances the oil’s quality.

Their dedication has borne fruit—literally. Villa Eva’s organic extra virgin olive oil has garnered international acclaim. The Brataševec family consistently shines at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the most prestigious olive oil quality contest. Their silver awards in 2021, 2022, and 2024 reflect their unwavering pursuit of excellence1. These accolades are a testament to their resilience and passion.

But the Brataševec brothers aren’t content with resting on their laurels. Their latest venture is a testament to their vision: a cutting-edge olive oil press. This state-of-the-art facility includes a laboratory, a tasting room, and a conference space. But it’s more than just a press—it’s a hub for knowledge exchange. Olive oil producers from around the world can gather here, share insights, and collaborate. And overlooking it all are five stunning rooms for tourists, offering breathtaking views of the pool and the Italian Dolomites.

Timon and Kris Brataševec’s journey—from revitalizing olive groves to pioneering sustainable practices—inspires us all. Their commitment to quality, innovation, and community sets a shining example. Villa Eva isn’t just an estate; it’s a testament to the power of passion and the richness of the olive tree’s legacy.

So next time you savor that drizzle of golden-green olive oil, remember the Brataševec brothers—the guardians of tradition and the architects of a brighter, greener future.


Evropski kmetijski sklad za razvoj podeželja
Prejemnik podpore iz Programa razvoja podeželja RS 2014-2020 (sredstva zagotavljata EU in SLO)