Meet the Beekeepers – The Raw Honey Shop
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Meet the Beekeepers

Our beekeepers are the backbone of our shop, and we owe everything we do to their hard work (alongside their bees), creating the most natural, delicious raw honeys we can find. Some, like Ramon and Antonio, have been with us since the very beginning, and after many visits to see them and their bees, we have formed long-lasting, trusting relationships.  Others, like Thomas and his family, are more recent partners, and their honeys are fast becoming some of our most popular.  We visit all of our beekeepers regularly to see their processes, meet the bees, and hear about the current conditions.

All of the beekeepers we work with keep their hives in quite remote areas, away from sources of pollution, and use natural, traditional beekeeping methods. This means they don't use any antibiotics or synthetic pesticides, and none of the honeys they provide to us comes from bees fed with sugar.  When they harvest honey from the hives, they always leave enough for the bees to eat during the leaner months of the year.  This means they produce far less than some of the big industrial producers.  We believe this is essential to making the purest, best quality, and most delicious raw honey available while treating the bees and the environment with the utmost care and respect. 

We work with beekeepers from a range of different countries, including Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Australia, and Portugal.  Of course, this list is always expanding as we continue to discover new, passionate beekeepers and their exciting varieties of raw honey.  If you ever discover a particularly wonderful honey while on holiday or travels abroad, please do let us know!

 

There are always new beekeepers coming on board to work with us in providing the best raw honeys to our customers, and it may take some time for us to add their profiles here.  So, if you don't see a beekeeper on this page, don't worry - we're working on it!  :)

-The Raw Honey Shop team

 

Antonio

Beekeeper Antonio Simon with Award - Raw Honey Shop

Antonio is a 4th generation beekeeper, continuing a long tradition of natural beekeeping.  Currently, he is training his children and grandchildren to carry the business into the future.  He is our first and longest-running beekeeper to produce certified organic raw honeys.  He produces a range of different raw honeys such as chestnut, oak, lavender, eucalyptus, and others.  His hives are located in and around the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains north of Madrid.

You can find his products here: Antonio's range

 

Ramon

Ramon with Bee Hives and Raw Honey Jar

Ramon's raw honey is the honey that started this whole adventure.  In a small shop in a small mountain town, we found out just how amazing raw honey could be and just how much we were missing by only having had supermarket honey.  Ramon supplies us with a wide range of raw honeys, such as almond, carob, orange blossom, thyme, and many others.  He and his wife Begonia are based in Aragon in Spain amongst the mountains and foothills of the Pyrenees.

You can find his products here: Ramon's range

 

Rossend

Rossend with Award-Winning Raw Honey

Rossend is a very meticulous beekeeper, keeping a close eye on the quality and purity of his raw honey.  He has won many awards from the International Taste and Quality Institute over the years for the excellent flavours of his various products.  He produces many raw honeys such as apple blossom, arbutus, forest, lemon blossom, and others.  Rossend and his hives are located in the Pyrenees mountains and foothills of the Spanish region of Catalonia.

You can find his products here: Rossend's Range

 

Thomas

From building the bee hives to caring for the bees, Thomas and his family are all involved in the production of their beautiful, raw honey.  The family has been producing traditional honey for generations, and now Thomas and his cousin, Panos, are looking to carry the business forward into the future.  They create small batches of traditional Greek varieties such as thyme, pine, and fir as well as oak and heather.  Thomas and family place their hives throughout the mountains of central Greece and in coastal pine forests.

You can find his products here: Thomas's Range

 

Luisa

Luisa and Daughter in Spain

Luisa and her daughter, Olaya, head up this raw honey operation, taking care of the bees, harvesting the honey, and managing the business.  Much of Luisa's production has been certified as organic, which goes to show how much they believe in the purity and quality of their products.  Located in the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain, their bees forage in lush, remote forests, producing some of the finest forest and tree honeys we have found.

You can find her products here: Luisa's Range

 

Alvaro

Alvaro and Beekeepers - Raw Honey

Alvaro and his father run their raw honey operation along with fellow beekeeper, Juan Carlos.  Alongside producing delicious raw honey, they also run courses and activity days on beekeeping and honey tasting for visitors.  They produce a wide range of raw, certified organic honeys, including heather, mountain, wild lavender, and others.  They are located in a Biosphere Reserve in the Spanish region of Rioja, known for its rich soil, which produces bold and fruity wines and honeys.

You can find his products here: Alvaro's Range

 

Asterios

Asterios is lucky to live in a very remote place in eastern Greece - surrounded by forest, wild scrubland, and mountains. He takes his bees to these wild places where they produce rarer types of honey, like Sidr. His aim is to produce the best quality honey possible, so sometimes he produces less to ensure a better quality. His hives are situated deep in the forest, miles from places where pesticides, herbicides and fungicides might be present. Asterios is preparing for organic certification and follows organic principles. For Asterios, beekeeping is an art, and he is excited that his honey will be appreciated in the UK.

You can find his products here: Asterios range

 

Menelaos

Menelaos has his hives close to the Greek border with Turkey in a very wild & under populated area. Forest and scrubland stretch for miles and this is an ideal place for Sidr to grow and for bees to make honey without contamination from pollution and pesticides. Menelaos is a dedicated beekeeper who often sleeps in the forest close to his bees during the honey production season. He follows organic principles and is working to gain organic certification.

You can find his products here: Menelaos Range.

 

David

David Raw Honey Beekeeper with Hives and Honey

David is the head beekeeper of a team of dedicated beekeepers based in the mountains of Galicia, Spain.  They are committed to all-natural beekeeping, with no chemicals or sugar used.  They are particularly concerned with helping protect their local environment, and they use sustainable beekeeping practices to ensure they are minimising any impact they have.  David and his team produce some of the best and most consistently delicious forest and mountain honeys we've had.

You can find his products here: David's range

 

Plamen

Plamen is a natural, traditional, organic-certified beekeeper, following on from generations of family beekeepers before him. He lives with his wife and son in a little stone and wood house, sat in a meadow, faced by beehives. The whole family are beekeepers, including his wife and son (who you can see in the photo above). 

Plamen's bees collect various varieties of forest honey, including Oak from the Great Bulgarian Forest - a remnant of a primeval forest that used to cover most of Europe. This type of old growth forest produces the best honey.

You can find his products here: Plamen's range

 

Dimitris

 

Dimitris and his wife Vicky’s bees work the trees and plants in a Natura 2000 reserve in the area of Mount Holomontas in Chalkidiki. It is a forested reserve, a very pure and wild area, with soil and climate that enables the bees to produce incredibly special honeys - with a depth and intensity of flavour that you only find in the very best honeys. Organic beekeepers Vicky and Dimitris believe that honey in the jar should be as it was in the hive.

You can find their products here: Dimitris Range.

 

Debbie

Debbie came upon beekeeping by accident - after discovering two wild swarms. She rapidly developed a deep love of beekeeping. She lives in an ideal place for it - surrounded by Native Forest from the Pukaha Mount Bruce Conservation Reserve. Here wild Manuka grows up the mountain side. And the Ruamahunga river provides fresh mountain water for the bees. Debbie has a genuine love for her bees, and this results in an amazing quality raw Manuka honey.

You can find her products here: Debbie's Range

 

Jose Orantes

Jose Orantes leads a group of beekeepers who follow an ancient bee-keeping tradition in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalusia, Spain. The honey from this area is so unique that it has been awarded its own Protected Designations of Origin in Spain – which is only awarded for a very few honeys. Jose is renowned for his knowledge of beekeeping and the scientific study of honey. He is a graduate of zoology and biology.

View his range here: Jose's Range.

 

Giorgos

Giorgos Rizos is the master beekeeper behind a series of premium award-winning honeys which keep winning top awards year after year. Giorgos has a knack for finding the best places in Greece for his bees to produce honeys, with outstanding complex flavours. Places like Mount Kissavos, where the climate and soil combine with his bees and his beekeeping craft to produce sublime honey. Giorgos is certified to the highest level.

View his range here: Giorgos Range.

 

Laimonas

Laimonas follows an ancient tradition of beekeeping handed down from his grandparents and his grandparents’ grandparents. This heritage gives him a deep knowledge of bees and honey which enables him to produce a very high-quality honey.

His hives, in wild northern forests and wildflower meadows, are untouched by the industrial agriculture that blights much of Europe. His bees produce a range of honeys, from the nectar of berries and herbs along with honeydew from Oak and Pine.

View his range here: Laimonas Range.

 

Paul Costa

Paul, and his son Daniel, are artisan beekeepers from Australia’s pristine natural wilderness. Paul is super sensitive to the signs of nature and has a deep understanding of the land – perhaps due to the many years he spent with indigenous Australians. This enables him to find the best places for his bees in some of the remotest and wildest places you could imagine. The result is incredible honey. He never sugar feeds his bees or gives them antibiotics.

View his range here: Paul's Range.

 

 

 

 

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