Earl Mas Des Bories Wins Gold in NYIOOC Debut
As newcomers to the world of olive oil making, it is with great pride that we received our first Gold Award at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.Claire De Fina Coutin, owner
Based in the southeastern region of Provence, the producer earned its award for a medium blend.
"As newcomers to the world of olive oil making, it is with great pride that we received our first Gold Award at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition," owner Claire De Fina Coutin said.
"This also encourages us in our choice of an artisanal and small-scale production approach, and our desire to have complete control over the production chain, from the tree to the bottle," she added.
Southern France's unique and diverse terrains and microclimates make deciding when to harvest a particular challenge for many producers. De Fina Coutin said Earl Mas Des Bories was no exception.
"Special attention is paid at harvest time," she said. "Picking our olives at their optimum point of maturity is one of our main challenges."
"Resisting the temptation to pick the olives before they have become soft at the touch – harvesting them neither too early nor too late – in order to give our olive oil the best aromatic compromise," De Fina Coutin 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 on the Official Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils.