Frantoio Agostini Wins 2 Awards at 2021 NYIOOC
Obviously, winning these awards feels great... Awards from the NYIOOC, along with appreciation from people who love good food, make us realize that all the efforts we made in the previous 12 months have gone in the right direction.Gaetano Agostini, owner
The company produces extra virgin olive oil in Marche from Frantoio, Favolosa and Leccino olives using traditional methods. Frantoio Agostini earned the Gold and Silver Award for two medium blends, Sublìmis and Hurticinum, respectively.
"Obviously, winning these awards feels great," owner Gaetano Agostini said. "Working in agriculture means that every harvest is a completely new challenge, with its own specific difficulties."
"Awards from the NYIOOC, along with appreciation from people who love good food, make us realize that all the efforts we made in the previous 12 months have gone in the right direction," he added.
For the producers behind Frantoio Agostini, the award is especially gratifying after a 2020 harvest season full of challenges.
"The challenges were many, but mainly due to climate change, which is getting stronger each year," Agostini said. "Despite the great quality of the olives, we had to face high summer temperatures until the end of October, which creates many problems in terms of fruit ripening."
"We had to speed up and concentrate our highest quality production in a time 50 percent shorter than usual," he 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 Index of the World's Best Olive Oils.