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Chile’s TerraMater Wins Gold

Mar. 7, 2012
Charlie Higgins

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The Chilean pre­mium wine and olive oil pro­ducer TerraMater has claimed the top prize at this year’s Sol d’Oro Competition — part of the SOL International Exhibition of Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil held each year in the north­ern Italian city of Verona.

The win­ning oil in the del­i­cate fruit cat­e­gory was Petralia, TerraMater’s extra vir­gin oil extracted from the native Chilean vari­etal Racimo. The olives used to make Petralia are grown in olive groves planted between 1948 and 1950 at Chile’s old­est estate ded­i­cated to extra vir­gin olive oil.

Petralia has won more inter­na­tional prizes than any other Chilean olive oil and was recently men­tioned in the 2012 edi­tion of the guide Flos Olei, where it received 97 points from a max­i­mum of 100. The com­pany sells around 10,000 liters of Petralia each year in mar­kets includ­ing Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Belgium and the United States.

We are extremely proud to receive this award, both as a com­pany and as a coun­try,” said Alfredo Schiappacasse, gen­eral man­ager at TerraMater.

Over 200 extra vir­gin oils com­peted in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Silver and bronze medals in the del­i­cate fruit cat­e­gory were awarded to Italian pro­duc­ers: Vincenza Murgia of Oliena and Fantasia of Raiano. Chilean pro­duc­ers Maria Isabel, Huaquen Sociedad, Soho Sociedad, Olivos Ruta del Sol received hon­or­able mentions.

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The fact that a Chilean oil received the most impor­tant inter­na­tional award of its kind for the third time is not a mat­ter of luck. It says that we’re doing things right and are able to com­pete with the best in the indus­try. It’s also great to see that other Chilean olive oils were rec­og­nized in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Schiappacasse added.



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