Italy Triumphs at New York International Olive Oil Competition

By Luciana Squadrilli
Olive Oil Times Contributor | Reporting from Rome

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Frantoio Franci

Italian extra virgin is a catch-all at the international competition in New York, winning 87 awards out of the 232 given to the Northern Hemisphere and the 261 overall.

The much-publicized first edition of the New York International Olive Oil Competition was a big success in itself and probably set a new standard for international olive oil competitions and awards, and it was certainly a great achievement for Italian extra virgin.

Italy was the most award-winning country at the competition, gaining the record number of 87 medals, while Spain followed with 45 and the United States gathered 33 awards.

Among the 87 awarded Italian products, 8 won the “Best of Class” medal for the different categories of the Northern Hemisphere, and a very satisfying 53 won a Gold Awards, while 26 won a Silver. Winning oils came from different areas of Italy, with many representatives from the famous regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and Sicily.

Frantoio Franci, with the excellent score of 9.60, won the Best of Class Award for the Robust Blend category. A blend of Frantoio “Correggiolo” (50 percent, a local subvariety), Moraiolo (35 percent) and Leccino (15 percent) varieties, it has an elegant and intense aroma with artichoke and roasted coffee notes.

It has been a golden year for Villa Magra, which also won many other national and international competitions such as the SOL d’Oro, the Joop – Japan Olive Oil Prize and a silver medal at the Ercole Olivario competition in Italy.

The family-owned company from Tuscany also won a second award in New York with the IGP Toscano olive oil – a less complex yet very good product with fresh grass and fruity notes and a light tomato scent – that was awarded as Best of Class for the Medium Blend category, and a third – a Gold Medal – for its Olivastra Seggianese in the Delicate Monovarietal category.

Giorgio Franci, who leads the company together with his father Ferdinando, is very happy for the result and he is firmly convinced that the New York Competition will become an essential reference for all the buyers and consumers who really care about high quality extra virgin olive oil.

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Olio Reserva by Domenica Fiore obtained the highest score at the New York competition.

Olio Reserva by Domenica Fiore Company won the Best of Class award for the Organic Medium Blend category. It is a golden green oil, robust and full-bodied, and it comes in the special 18/10 stainless steel bottles inspired by the ideas of Marco Mugelli, the founder of National Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ANAPOO), to preserve olive oil’s nutritional and flavor characteristics.

The Tenuta Torre Di Mossa by De Carlo company from Apulia won the Best of Class award for the Robust Monovarietal category, being an intensely pungent and bitter yet balanced olive oil obtained from the local variety Coratina.

Best of Class award in the Organic Robust Monovarietal category went to the Torre Bianca Frantoio by the Torre Bianca Farm, from Tuscany again, with its very sharp smell of fresh greens. La Montagnola’s Minerva (a beautiful farmhouse in Umbria, which also offer nice rustic accommodations, yoga classes and olive oil tasting seminars) won the Best of Class award for the Delicate Monovarietal Category.

For the Delicate Category, the organic extra virgin by Tenuta San Jacopo (a beautiful farmhouse in Tuscany, again, also producing wines and spirits) was awarded as Best of Class Organic Blend while the Best of Class Award for traditional Blend went to the Olevano Delicate extra virgin by Consorzio Olivicolo del Tusciano, which also won the Gold Metal for the Robust Blend Category with its Olevano Intense oil.

This company was actually born by the twinning and relationship between Wilmington, DE USA, and the small village of Olevano Sul Tusciano, in Southern Italy. Over the centuries, many Olevanese emigrated to the US but their descendants continued to communicate and strengthen the trans-Atlantic relationship with their Italian cousins, until in 2003 the two cities were officially declared as Sister Cities of the International Organization. Extra virgin olive oil is only one of the Italian products coming from their homeland that they decided to import to the US.

The panel leader Gino Celletti was very proud of the Italian results, but especially of the jurors’ job: “It was one of the broadest and most qualified panel that has ever been made, and they all did extremely well,” he said.

The other winning olive oils from Italy are below. The full list of winners can be found at the Best Olive Oils website.


Italian Winners at NYIOOC

Brand Name
Producer
Award
Intensity
Variety
Affiorato Intini
Olio Intini
Gold
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MediumBlend
Agrestis Fiore D'oro DOP
Agrestis Soc. Coop. Agricola
Gold
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RobustTonda Iblea
Albereto
Badia a Coltibuono
Silver
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MediumBlend
Aspromontano
Olearia San Giorgio
Silver
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DelicateBlend
Bellini
Rita Società Agricola
Gold
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MediumBlend
Bramasole
The Tuscan Sun, LLC
Gold
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RobustBlend
Casale Sonnino
Azienda Agricola Sonnino-Treves
Silver
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DelicateBlend
Crudo
Manicaretti Italian Food Importers
Gold
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DelicateBlend
Dell'Orto
Oleificio Dell'Orto s.a.s.
Silver
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MediumCarpellese
Dell'Orto PDO
Oleificio Dell'Orto s.a.s.
Silver
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DelicateBlend
DeNigris
Agrioil spa
Gold
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MediumBlend
Domenica Fiore Olio Novello
Domenica Fiore Corporation
Silver
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MediumBlend
Domenica Fiore Olio Reserva
Domenica Fiore Corporation
Best of Class
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MediumBlend
Dominus Riserva
Oleificio Frantoio Fam
Silver
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RobustRavece
Don Gioacchino
Sabino Leone
Gold
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MediumCoratina
Donna Ludovica
Gregorio Di Luzio
Gold
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MediumBlend
Emozione
Azienda Agricola Decimi
Gold
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MediumBlend
DOP Sabina Etichetta Nera
Azienda Agricola Silvi Sabina Sapori
Gold
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MediumBlend
Frantoia
Premiati Oleifici Barbera
Silver
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MediumNocellara del Belice
Frantoio Franci Igp Toscano
Frantoio Franci
Best of Class
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MediumBlend
Fratelli Colletti
Fratelli Colletti
Silver
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MediumBiancolilla
Giachi Duomo IGP Tuscany
Giachi Giovanni SRL
Gold
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RobustBlend
Hortulanus Olivastra Seggianese
Hortulanus srl società agricola
Silver
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MediumMonovarietal
Il Molino Canino
soc. Agr. SCIUGA s.s.
Gold
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MediumFrantoio
Intense taste
Frantoio Oleario Monterisi s.r.l.
Gold
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RobustMonovarietal
La Bandiera
La Bandiera Ltd
Gold
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RobustBlend
La Mola
La Mola di A.M. Billi Soc.agr.
Gold
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MediumBlend
La Montagnola
La Montagnola Snc
Best of Class
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DelicateMinerva
Lab
Oliocru.Consorzio SRL
Gold
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MediumBlend
Larcangelo DOP Penisola Sorrentina
Azienda Agricola Russo
Gold
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DelicateMonovarietal
Laudato
Frantoio Oleario Gabrielloni E. & G.
Gold
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DelicateBlend
Le Colline
Le Colline
Silver
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MediumBlend
Le Colline DOP
Le Colline DOP
Silver
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DelicateBlend
Le Magnolie
Mario Tortella
Gold
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MediumBlend
Le Tre Colonne Selezione Coratina
Azienda Agricola Stallone Salvatore
Gold
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RobustCoratina
Le Tre Colonne Bio
Azienda Agricola Caputo Maria
Gold
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MediumCoratina
Librandi Monocultivar Carolea
Azienda Agricola Librandi Pasquale
Gold
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DelicateCarolea
Lorenzo 3
Premiati Oleifici Barbera
Silver
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RobustCerasuola
Lucini Organic Limited Reserve Premium Select
Lucini Italia
Gold
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RobustBlend
Lunavera Bio Bosana
Azienda agricola
Gold
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RobustBosana
Lunavera Bio Nera di Oliena
Azienda agricola
Silver
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MediumNera di Oliena
Mandranova Monocultivar Nocellara
mandranova
Gold
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RobustNocellara del Belice
Marina Colonna
Marina Colonna Soc. Agr. S.r.l.
Silver
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MediumBlend
I Megaliti
Fattorie Del Maestrale
Silver
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MediumNera di Villacidro
Mille Olive
Mille Olive
Gold
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DelicateCarboncella
Monovarietà Intosso
forcella
Gold
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Mediumintosso
Moraiolo
Quattrociocchi Americo
Gold
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MediumMoraiolo
Murgo
Az Agr E Scammacca del Murgo SSA
Gold
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DelicateNocellara Etnea
Olevano Delicate
Consorzio Olivicolo del Tusciano
Best of Class
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DelicateBlend
Olevano Intense
Consorzio Olivicolo del Tusciano
Gold
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RobustBlend
Olio Cottone
Nicolo Cottone
Silver
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MediumBiancolilla
Oliva Bella
Oliva Bella
Gold
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MediumTonda Iblea
Olio Extravergine di Oliva Fattoria La Vialla
Fattoria La Vialla
Gold
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RobustBlend
OlivaMia
Azienda Agricola Nature Loves You
Silver
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RobustBlend
Olivastra Seggianese
Frantoio Franci
Gold
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DelicateOlivastra Seggianese
Olivastro
Quattrociocchi Americo
Gold
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RobustItrana
Ortice Riserva
Ortice Riserva
Gold
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RobustMonovarietal
Ottobratico
Olearia San Giorgio
Silver
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DelicateOttobratica
Paesanol
Oleificio Asaro srl
Gold
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RobustBlend
Pietregiovani
Società Agricola Salentino srl
Gold
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MediumBlend
Posta Locone
Fratelli Ferrara S.A.S.
Gold
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RobustCoratina
Primo DOP Monti Iblei
Primo
Gold
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RobustTonda Iblea
Ravida
Natalia Ravida
Gold
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MediumBlend
Respiro
azienda agricola massimo mosconi
Silver
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MediumMoraiolo
Risveglio
azienda agricola massimo mosconi
Gold
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MediumRaggia
San Giuliano Alghero Classic Line
Domenico Manca S.p.A. - San Giuliano Olive Oils
Gold
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DelicateBlend
San Giuliano Alghero DOP Sardegna
Domenico Manca S.p.A. - San Giuliano Olive Oils
Gold
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MediumBlend
San Giuliano Alghero Organic Line
Domenico Manca S.p.A. - San Giuliano Olive Oils
Silver
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MediumBlend
San Jacopo
Tenuta San Jacopo
Best of Class
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DelicateBlend
Selezione Storica
Premiati Oleifici Barbera
Silver
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DelicateNocellara del Belice
Sussurro
azienda agricola massimo mosconi
Silver
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MediumLeccino
Tenuta Torre Di Mossa De Carlo
De Carlo SRL
Best of Class
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RobustCoratina
Terre Di San Mauro
Olearia San Giorgio
Gold
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DelicateBlend
Tiratari
Villa la Ripa
Silver
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MediumBlend
Titone
Manicaretti Italian Food Importers
Gold
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MediumOgliarola
Torre Bianca Frantoio
Azienda Agricola Torre Bianca
Best of Class
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RobustFrantoio
Trappeto di Caprafico
Azienda Agricola Tommaso Masciantonio
Gold
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MediumBlend
Trappeto di Caprafico Colline Teatine D.O.P.
Azienda Agricola Tommaso Masciantonio
Gold
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MediumBlend
Tuscia DOP
Colli Etruschi Cooperative
Gold
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RobustCanino
Ulianesu
Murgia Vincenzaa
Gold
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MediumNera di Oliena
La Valle del Mulino
Azienda Agricola La valle del Mulino
Gold
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MediumBlend
Vicopisanolio IGP - Bio
Societa' Agricola Il Frantoio Di Vicopisano
Silver
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MediumFrantoio
Villa Magra
Frantoio Franci
Best of Class
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RobustBlend
Villa Stabbia
Villa Stabbia
Gold
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MediumBlend
Viola Colleruita DOP Umbria
Azienda Agraria Viola
Gold
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MediumBlend

 


This article was last updated April 26, 2013 - 11:34 AM (GMT-5)

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  • Maria Luisa

    I thought they would reward Laudemio EVOO too, I think that it is the best Tuscan olive oil.

  • noIMspartacus

    Hardly surprising as they mix it with Greek olive oil which is generally regarded as the the best overall…

    • NYCLove1

      Not really Spanish Andalusian EVVO is generally regarded as the best overall

      • noIMspartacus

        No, really it is, that’s why others mix it with theirs, whereas you never hear it the other way round. Still wishful thinking and maybe a close second isn’t bad either…