De Robertis Earns 5th Consecutive NYIOOC Accolade
Azienda Agricola De Robertis from Italy has won a fifth-consecutive award for its Chiaroscuro brand at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.
Winning is a great feeling for myself, my wife and our dedicated team... It is great to see that our hard work and dedication receives this recognition.Paolo Milicic, co-owner
The Apulian producer earned a Gold Award at the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition for the medium Coratina.
"Winning is a great feeling for myself, my wife and our dedicated team," co-owner Paolo Milicic said. "It proves we are going in the right direction year after year in producing our high-quality Chiaroscuro monocultivar Coratina extra virgin olive oil. It is great to see that our hard work and dedication receives this recognition.
In the 2021/22 crop year, the company produced 25,000 liters of extra virgin olive oil using traditional methods. Milicic added the award is especially gratifying after all the challenges the company faced during the harvest season.
"Last summer was a very hot one with little rain," he said. "Fortunately, we have our own irrigation system and were able to provide the right amount of water and at the appropriate time to our secular trees."
"The ongoing Covid situation also had some impact on our team," Milicic added. "In the end, we once again completed our harvest."
The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring in New York, 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.
The complete list of winners can be viewed on the Official Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils.