Winners for the Southern Hemisphere edition of the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition were recently chosen from among 139 entries. 66 producers hailing from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay participated in the competition, which celebrated its 15th year.

This year’s Best of Show prizes went to Colinas de Garzon of Uruguay in the “Delicate” category; Alonso Olive Oil of Chile in the “Medium” category; and Olave of Chile in the “Robust” category. Alonso Olive Oil also received the Marco Mugelli Award given in memory of the former competition judge and renowned expert.

A total of 48 Gold Medal Awards, 25 Silver Medal Awards and 20 Bronze Medal Awards were given out. Though it did not receive a Best of Show designation, New Zealand took home an impressive thirteen gold medals, nearly a third of all the gold medals awarded, as well as four silver medals and two bronze.

“The success of New Zealand producers in the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition is a real testament to New Zealand being one of the top producers of Extra Virgin Olive Oil” said Gayle Sheridan, executive officer at Olives New Zealand.

Results of the 2014 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Southern Hemisphere

BEST OF SHOW – Delicate

Colinas de Garzón, Uruguay Blends, Garzón, Uruguay

BEST OF SHOW – Medium

Alonso Olive Oil, Chile Mono Cultivar, Coratina, Chile

BEST OF SHOW – Robust

Olave, Chile Mono Cultivar, Organic, Nocellara, Chile

Marco Mugelli Award

Alonso Olive Oil, Chile Mono Cultivar, Coratina, Chile

2014 BEST OF CLASS AWARDS

Olave, Chile Mono Cultivar, Organic, Nocellara, Chile, Robust

Alonso Olive Oil, Chile Mono Cultivar, Coratina, Chile, Medium

Alonso Olive Oil, Chile Blends, Chile, Medium

Montefiori, Peru Mono Cultivar, Criolla, Tacna, Medium

Montefiori, Peru Mono Cultivar, Coratina, Tacna, Robust

Don Alfredo, Uruguay Blends, Arbequina/Manzanilla, Uruguay, Robust

Colinas De Garzón, Uruguay Blends, Garzon, Delicate

Colinas De Garzón, Uruguay Blends, Garzon, Medium

Cape Schanck Estate, Australia Mono Cultivar, Coratina, Mornington Peninsula, Medium

Chapman River Olives, Australia Blends, Fruity, Chapman Valley, Delicate

Chapman River Olives, Australia Blends, Robust, Chapman Valley, Robust

Cobram Estate, Australia Blends, Classic Flavour, Boort, Medium

VIRTUO, New Zealand Blends, Whangaripo Valley, Medium

Whangape Grove, New Zealand Blends, Tuscan Blend, Waikato, Medium

Rangihoua Estate, New Zealand Blends, Waiheke Blend, Waiheke Island, Robust

Matiatia Grove, New Zealand Blends, Blend 2, Waiheke Island, Robust

Matiatia Grove, New Zealand Blends, Waiheke Island, Robust



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