Casa Albornoz Wins 2 Awards at 2022 NYIOOC
Our family feels so proud, because when you win in such a respected contest, it is a certificate that your product has quality, and this is what we look for – quality and excellence.Ana Eckert, co-owner
Situated in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the company earned a Gold Award for a medium Coratina and a Silver Award for a delicate Koroneiki.
"It is an honor and a privilege, an answer to all the serious work we have put on it in the last years," co-owner Ana Eckert said. "Our family feels so proud, because when you win in such a respected contest, it is a certificate that your product has quality, and this is what we look for – quality and excellence."
She added that hot and dry weather caused plenty of problems throughout the harvest, but timely rains helped her team craft high-quality extra virgin olive oils.
"It was an excellent year for olives, but a challenging one too," Eckert said. "We had a severely dry three-month period without rain. However, when the rain came at the last moment, we produced some awesome oils."
"Also, we had to deal with the amount of fruit too, which has grown exponentially from one year to another," she added.
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 in the Official Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils.