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Italy, Spain Sweep Sol d'Oro Competition

Mar. 7, 2014
Luciana Squadrilli

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After a week of blind tast­ings, a panel of 13 inter­na­tional judges from Italy, Chile, Greece, Slovenia and Spain pro­claimed the win­ners of the 12th edi­tion of Sol d’Oro. The annual extra vir­gin olive oil con­test is orga­nized by Veronafiere as a pre­view” to the Sol&Agrifood event, to be held in Verona dur­ing the Vinitaly fair from the 6th to the 9th of April.

There were 250 con­tend­ing oils from ten dif­fer­ent coun­tries: Italy, Chile, Uruguay, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.

The extra vir­gin olive oils were divided in five cat­e­gories: Light Fruity, Medium Fruity, Intense Fruity, Monocultivar and Organic. For every cat­e­gory a gold, a sil­ver and a bronze medal were bestowed — thus count­ing 15 medals over­all — while many Gran Menzioni (hon­or­able men­tions) were also appointed. This year, Italy won ten medals (4 bronze, 3 sil­ver and 3 gold) while the other five went to Spain.

Among the other coun­tries, Turkey, Slovenia, Chile and Croatia deserved a Gran Menzione beside other Italian and Spanish com­pa­nies.

The win­ning pro­duc­ers will receive a qual­ity label to dis­play on their bot­tles. They will also have the chance to meet inter­na­tional buy­ers dur­ing the walk-around tast­ing” sched­uled at the Sol&Agrifood, while their oils will be offered to the fair’s vis­i­tors at the Bio Goloso restau­rant hosted inside the pavil­ion.


During the award cer­e­mony of the 8th of April, the Chilean Ambassador in Italy and the Chairman of the Panel Cata Chile Association will attend the launch of the first edi­tion of the Sol d’Oro South Hemisphere in Chile. From this year on, a detached edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion will be ded­i­cated to the New World,” where the har­vest­ing sea­son alter­nates with the north­ern one.

Once again, this year’s edi­tion of Sol d’Oro con­firmed the extra­or­di­nary qual­ity of the oils join­ing the con­test. These were pre­sented by com­pa­nies com­ing from all the pro­duc­ing areas of the world, which can find in the Sol&Agrifood a unique inter­na­tional stage to com­mu­ni­cate and pro­mote them­selves,” said Damiano Berzacola, vic­ar­ial vice pres­i­dent of Veronafiere, Starting from September, 2014 we will also launch Sol d’Oro South Hemisphere to ful­fill the needs of the pro­duc­ers from that part of the globe. We will start from Chile, and then go on every year with a major oil-pro­duc­ing coun­try such as New Zealand or Argentina. This ini­tia­tive thus adds a new and impor­tant step to the inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion process of the fairs orga­nized by Veronafiere.”

This is the list of the Sol D’Oro 2014 medals. For the com­plete list of win­ners and men­tions visit the event web­site.

Light Fruity Category

Sol d’Oro (Golden) Explotacion Jame s.l. di Villargordo (Jaen) — Spain

Sol d’Argento (Silver) S.C.A. Del Campo San Juan, Jean – Spain

Sol di Bronzo (Bronze) Agricola Tommaso Masciantonio, Casoli (Chieti) — Italy

Medium Fruity Category

Sol d’Oro (Golden) Romano Vincenzo & C. snc, Bronte (Catania) — Italy

Sol d’Argento (Silver) Agraria Riva del Garda, Riva del Garda (Trento) – Italy

Sol di Bronzo (Bronze), Cetrone Alfredo, Sonnino (Latina) — Italy

Intense Fruity Category

Sol d’Oro (Golden) Fattoria Nittardi, Castellina in Chianti (Siena) — Italy

Sol d’Argento (Silver) Muela-Oliva s.l., Priego de Cordoba — Spain

Sol di Bronzo (Bronze) Galgon 99 s.l., Villanueva de la Reina (Jean) – Spain

Organic Oil Category

Sol d’Oro (Golden) Finca La Reja s.l., Bobadilla (Malaga) — Spain

Sol d’Argento (Silver) Agraria Riva del Garda, Riva del Garda (Trento) – Italy

Sol di Bronzo (Bronze) Quattrociocchi Americo, Alatri (Frosinone) – Italy

Monocultivar Oil Category

Sol d’Oro (Golden) La Quagliera, Spoltore (Pescara) — Italy

Sol d’Argento (Silver) Il Conventino di Monteciccardo (Pesaro e Urbino) — Italy

Sol di Bronzo (Bronze) Miccione di Buccheri (Siracusa) — Italy

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