Best Olive Oils for 2019 Revealed

In a year that saw a dramatically reduced output in some traditional regions, the findings of an 18-member panel of expert tasters suggested there is no shortage of excellent olive oils to go around.
May. 10, 2019
Olive Oil Times Staff

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The best extra vir­gin olive oils for 2019 were revealed tonight in New York.

Cur­tis Cord, the Olive Oil Times pub­lisher and pres­i­dent of the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Com­pe­ti­tion, pro­vided an overview of this year’s con­test to a packed room of 200 jour­nal­ists, olive oil pro­duc­ers and food indus­try pro­fes­sion­als, and an esti­mated 10,500 who watched the live stream of the event.

In a year that saw a dra­mat­i­cally reduced out­put in some tra­di­tional regions, the find­ings of an 18-mem­ber panel of expert tasters sug­gested there is no short­age of excel­lent olive oils to go around. In fact, the num­ber of award win­ners set an all-time record.

There were farm­ers who told us this year they sim­ply had no olives — that their trees suc­cumbed to deep freezes, drought and other calami­ties,” Cord told the crowd. And, there were some who had their best har­vest in years.”

There were 552 awarded brands from 23 coun­tries among the more than 900 entries, Cord revealed. The high suc­cess rate con­tin­ued a trend among qual­ity-minded olive oil pro­duc­ers through­out the world who aim to dis­tin­guish their brands from the pack.


The record-break­ing 552 award win­ners sug­gests that more pro­duc­ers know how win­ning oils should taste and have devel­oped the skills to craft them,” said Cord. And those who have man­aged to craft excel­lence are more often able to repeat their suc­cess.”

Pro­duc­ers from Italy sub­mit­ted the most entries with 223, fol­lowed by Spain with 154, Greece with 109, the United States with 96, Por­tu­gal with 67, Croa­tia with 61 and Tunisia with 30. There were entries from Aus­tralia, Brazil, Turkey, Chile, Slove­nia, France, Japan, China, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Uruguay, Alge­ria, Cyprus and Israel.

The win­ningest coun­try was Italy, with 152 awards, fol­lowed closely by Spain with 93, the United States with 75 and Greece with 55 awards. More than ever before, we are see­ing the tremen­dous efforts by pro­duc­ers around the world result in excep­tional oils for us to choose,” Cord said, before call­ing some of the pro­duc­ers in atten­dance to the stage to accept their awards.

This is so spe­cial,” said Richard Meisler of San Miguel Olive Farm, who received two Gold Awards for his Tus­can Gold Ele­ganza and Tus­can Gold Supremo blends. This is one of the high­lights of my life.”

This is for all the hard-work­ing peo­ple in Solta!” said Mir­jana Kan­zler, rep­re­sent­ing the Best in Class Award win­ner, Zlatna Šoltanka.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Com­pe­ti­tion is the largest olive oil qual­ity con­test and its annual list­ing of award win­ners is widely con­sid­ered the most trusted guide to the year’s best extra vir­gin olive oils.

Award win­ners will be listed in the NYIOOC’s offi­cial Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils and many will be avail­able through the Best Olive Oils Mar­ket­place, the online por­tal where buy­ers can source the win­ning oils from retail­ers and dis­trib­u­tors who stock them.

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