Orii del Lazio (Golds of Lazio), established as a pre-selection for the Ercole Olivario national award, has gained its own status over the years, being attended by the top producers of the Capital region.
Olive oils produced in the Central Italian region of Lazio were assessed during tasting sessions held at the chemical laboratory of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome in February.
The organizer, Unioncamere Lazio, recently decided to disclose the 2020 winners with a press release, in the wake of the measures imposed by the Italian government to counteract the COVID-19 outbreak and announced that the date of the award ceremony for the 27th edition of the contest will be communicated soon.
Ercole Olivario, which traditionally takes place in Perugia was also postponed until “conditions permit,” the Italian Union of the Chambers of Commerce stated.
In the Orii del Lazio event, entries are categorized by region: Sabina, Canino, Tuscia, and Colline Pontine.
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Among the winners, Alessandro Donati of Frantoio Narducci, in Moricone, was awarded first prize in the light-fruity Sabina DOP category for a blend of Frantoio, Salviana, and Carboncella.
“We are happy with this result, which is an important recognition of our work,” Donati told Olive Oil Times.
“This is no time to celebrate yet but, in our small way, we dedicate this recognition to all the people affected by this serious issue, not forgetting those who are on the front lines to keep us safe,” he said. “It is our hope and wish that all this will end soon, and better days will come, to bloom again and celebrate all together.”