The International Olive Council (IOC) recently presented the 14th edition of the Mario Solinas Quality Awards for extra virgin olive oils.
Named after the late professor Mario Solinas of Italy, the awards recognize extra virgin olive oils with the best organoleptic characteristics in four categories: intense, medium and mild green fruitiness and ripe fruitiness. 138 oils competed for this year’s awards representing 12 countries: Algeria (1), Chile (2), Germany (1), Greece (6), Iran (2), Israel (1), Italy (2), Portugal (38), Spain (75), Tunisia (6), Turkey (3) and Uruguay (1).
Producers from Spain and Portugal swept the first, second and third prizes in all four categories. First prizes went to Finca La Torre of Spain (intense green fruitiness); Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira of Portugal (medium green fruitiness); Sociedade Agrícola Vale de Ouro of Portugal (mild green fruitiness); and Hacienda Queiles of Spain (ripe fruitiness).
Spain had fared well in previous competitions, taking home three first prizes in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013 Spanish producers took home all but one of the nine awards. Italian producers continue to largely stay away from the competition.
The Mario Solinas Quality Awards were presented at the 22nd extraordinary session of the IOC Council of Members in Madrid. During his opening speech, IOC Executive Director Jean-Louis Barjol announced some important changes regarding the competition: first, that next year will feature two editions of the Mario Solinas awards in order to facilitate participation from producers in the Southern Hemisphere; and second, that the next awards ceremony will be held at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City in July 2015.
Below is the complete list of winners from the IOC.
Intense green fruitiness: Finca La Torre – Finca la Reja, S.L. – Boadilla (Málaga) – Spain
Medium green fruitiness: Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira, S.A. – CARM – Almendra – Portugal
Mild green fruitiness: Sociedade Agrícola Vale de Ouro, S.A. – Ferreira de Alentejo – Portugal
Ripe fruitiness: Hacienda Queiles, S.L. – Monteagudo (Navarra) – Spain
Intense green fruitiness: Aceites Oro Bailén – Galgón 99, S.L. – Villanueva de la Reina (Jaén) – Spain
Medium green fruitiness: Gallo Worldwide – Lisboa – Portugal
Mild green fruitiness: Elosua Portugal, S.A. – Azambuja – Portugal
Ripe fruitiness: Olivos Naturales, S.L. – Madrid – Spain
Intense green fruitiness: Explotaciones Melgarejo, C.B. – Pegalajar (Jaén) – Spain
Medium green fruitiness: S.C.A. Ntra. Sra. de la Fuensanta de Oleoestepa – Corcoya (Sevilla) – Spain
Mild green ruitiness: Cooperativa de Olivicultores de Valpaços, C.R.L. – Valpaços – Portugal