Marqués de Valdueza Wins Double Gold
Marqués de Valdueza from Spain has won 2 gold awards at the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.
The company produces extra virgin olive oil in Extremadura (Spain) from a blend of, Arbequina, Picual, Hojiblanca and Morisca olives using traditional harvesting methods.
John Cancilla, the Marqués de Valdueza sales manager told Olive Oil Times about some of the difficulties the Spanish company faced to produce an award-winning extra virgin olive oil this season.
"In our region, Extremadura in Spain, the dry and variable weather is always a challenge, but this year, production was difficult due to labor and supply shortages and rapidly increasing costs," Cancilla said.
"Our excellent relationship with the local community and our centuries-old, sustainable agricultural processes helped us overcome these difficulties."
Marqués de Valdueza won Gold Awards for its Marqués de Valdueza and Merula blends, produced in Extremadura.
"Winning in New York is always a shot of adrenaline that convinces us that we are on the right track," Cancilla said of the industry's most coveted quality award. "Our aim is to make the best olive oil our estate is able to produce and this accolade gives us the motivation to push ourselves to greater heights. The recognition from the NYIOOC experts, while humbling, is extremely satisfying."
The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring in New York, is the world's largest and most prestigious olive oil contest and 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 of the World's Best Olive Oils