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.