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OPG Turinela Awarded for 3rd Consecutive Year at NYIOOC

9 months agoBy OOT Staff

OPG Turinela from Croatia has won a Gold Award for a medium blend at the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

In agriculture, you can never stop learning, but it is good to see the fruits of your labor being recognized for their excellence.

Aurora Volarevic, owner

Located on the Istrian coastline, one of the world's northernmost olive growing latitudes, the company produced 300 liters of extra virgin olive oil using traditional methods in the 2021/22 crop year.

"It is our third year being recognized for our top-quality olive oils," owner Aurora Volarevic said. OPG Turinela earned Gold Awards for the blend in 2020 and 2021.

"To us, this means we are doing it right," Volarevic said. "In agriculture, you can never stop learning, but it is good to see the fruits of your labor being recognized for their excellence. For our small family farm, this makes all the difference, and gives us a cause for celebration."

Along with many other producers in Istria, Volarevic said the weather provided to be the most significant obstacle in the previous harvest season.

"We’ve spent the past year fighting the weather," she said. "When we needed the cold to get rid of pests, it wouldn’t come, but when we were preparing for sunshine while our olives were flowering, it snowed."

"While Mother Nature is unpredictable, we persevered, adapted and ended up with our signature premium olive oil despite the hardships," Volarevic 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.

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