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Official Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils

The World’s Best Olive Oils 2023

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 2023
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2023 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.

Grubić Buža

Grubić Buža Gold award

Laurel & Flame Fresh

Laurel & Flame Fresh Gold award

Arbequina Blend

Arbequina Blend Gold award

La Huerta De La Vera

La Huerta De La Vera Silver award

Tesoro del Rio Chemlali

Tesoro del Rio Chemlali Gold award

Aegis Gourmet

Aegis Gourmet Gold award

Safitad Private Reserve

Safitad Private Reserve Gold award

Laconiko ZOI

Laconiko ZOI Gold award

Marciano Estate

Marciano Estate Gold award

Oro Del Desierto Organic Coupage

Oro Del Desierto Organic Coupage Gold award

Tropicual – Reserva Familiar

Tropicual - Reserva Familiar Gold award

Annapurna Memecik

Annapurna Memecik Gold award

Le Radici IGP Toscano

Le Radici IGP Toscano Gold award
Cultivar in the Spotlight


Coratina olives are widely grown in the southern region of Puglia in Italy. This variety is known for producing an oil that is robust and flavorful, with a fruity aroma and a slightly bitter taste. The olives are typically harvested when green and unripe to produce a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil rich in polyphenols, which have been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of heart disease.

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.



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



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



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



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



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

People Behind the Winning Brands

Alexis Karabelas

AMG Karabelas, based in Ancient Olympia in western Peloponnese, was the first among participants from Greece to earn a Gold Award at NYIOOC 2023 for its Laurel and Flame Fresh extra virgin olive oil made from early harvested olives of the indigenous Tsabidoelia variety.

“We feel amazing to win a gold award for our local Tsabidoelia in the world’s most prestigious competition for the second year in a row,” Alexis Karabelas told Olive Oil Times. “We sense that the Tsabidoelia variety is starting to take the place it deserves among Greek olive varieties and this gives us the satisfaction and the energy to continue our efforts and hard work.”

Award-Winning Regions


İzmir, located on the Aegean coast of Turkey, is known for producing some of the highest-quality olive oil in the world. Olive trees have been cultivated in this region for thousands of years, and the mild Mediterranean climate and fertile soil create ideal conditions for growing olives. İzmir olive oil is a staple ingredient in traditional Turkish dishes like mezze, salads, and grilled meats.

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