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Official Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils

The World’s Best Olive Oils

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest. Its annual listing of award winners is considered the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

All Winners 2022
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2022 Winners

The Official Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils is the authoritative index of the world’s best olive oils and the dedicated producers who craft them.

Hilmi Yıldırım Zeytinyağı

Hilmi Yıldırım Zeytinyağı Silver award

Morellana Picuda

Morellana Picuda Gold award

Early Harvest Premium Ayvalık

Early Harvest Premium Ayvalık Silver award

Deleyda Premium

Deleyda Premium Gold award

Bono PDO Val Di Mazara 100% Organic

Bono PDO Val Di Mazara 100% Organic Gold award

Rea Intense Multicultivar

Rea Intense Multicultivar Gold award

Lucini Italia Premium Select Organic

Lucini Italia Premium Select Organic Gold award

Cape Schanck Olive Estate Leccino

Cape Schanck Olive Estate Leccino Gold award

Otello Intense Fruity

Otello Intense Fruity Gold award

El Corte Ingles Selection

El Corte Ingles Selection Gold award

Durant Olive Mill Mission

Durant Olive Mill Mission Gold award

Rosmaninho Superior

Rosmaninho Superior Silver award

Lucio Šoltanka

Lucio Šoltanka Gold award

Aden Bahçesi

Aden Bahçesi Silver award

San Antonio Istraska Bjelica

San Antonio Istraska Bjelica Gold award

Ootopia Blend

Ootopia Blend Gold award

Enzo Organic Delicate

Enzo Organic Delicate Gold award

Masmana Polyphenol Rich

Masmana Polyphenol Rich Silver award

Ootopia Organic Single Estate

Ootopia Organic Single Estate Silver award
Cultivar in the Spotlight

Picual

The Picual, also known as Marteña or Lopereña, is an olive cultivar from Spain. Picual olives are the most commonly grown olive today for olive oil, with production centered in the Spanish province of Jaén.

Picual trees are estimated to account for 25 percent of all olive oil in the world.

What makes a
great olive oil?

Crafting an award-winning olive oil takes determination, skill and obsessive attention to details. Every stage of the process, from harvest to bottle, must be perfectly managed to produce one of the world’s best olive oils.

Fruitness

Fruitness

Every good olive oil needs to have the aroma of fresh fruit. Olives are fruits, after all. The oil should smell fresh and fruity.

Bitterness

Bitterness

Olives are mighty bitter straight off the tree. So any fresh, high-quality olive oil must be bitter, which we perceive on the tongue.

Pungency

Pungency

Pungency is that cough-inducing sting on the throat that’s caused by the healthy phenolic compounds in fresh, high-quality olive oil.

Harmony

Harmony

A pleasing balance in an oil sample’s quality characteristics distinguishes high-quality olive oils from the others.

Harmony

Complexity

Exceptional olive oils send us on an olfactory and gustatory journey through a complex bouquet of pleasing sensations.

Persistence

Persistence

The qualities should linger for a while, giving the taster time to reflect on the fruity notes and complex subtleties.

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People Behind the Winning Brands

Danijala Lalin

After winning an award at the world’s largest olive oil quality competition, Lalin has become a role model for other young olive growers in Pakoštane.

“It is a long process because if you want to do something well, then it should be of good quality, and you should have time for that,” Lalin said. “I think it is important to have a goal and not give up. It took a long time.”

Award-Winning Regions

Lazio

The region has a beautiful and varied territory, from mountains to sea and volcanic lakes. This is reflected in a rich olive biodiversity which, in turn, is exalted by farmers through outstanding extra virgin olive oils.

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