Tuscan Producers Manage Difficult Harvest to Achieve Outstanding Results

Despite the challenging harvest conditions, Tuscan producers were able to attain remarkable outcomes. Italy was again the most awarded country at the 2023 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

Tuscan farmers significantly contributed to this success – they submitted a record number of entries and were one of the most represented regional groups in the Official Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils.

Tuscany's award-winning extra virgin olive oils are mostly created from autochthonous varietals, cultivated with a focus on protecting the soil, from the terraced hillsides of the Tyrrhenian coast to the rolling slopes around inland communities.

Like many other Italian and European growers, Tuscans faced an intense drought over the past year. Still, they overcame the threat of water stress and achieved a good yield with outstanding levels of quality.

Among the winners is Dimora Girlandaio, which earned a Gold Award in its NYIOOC debut with a blend of Moraiolo, Frantoio and Leccino olives produced in Colle Ramole, outside of Florence.

The company is now converting to organic practices but has long been promoting sustainable farming management; a photovoltaic system supplies its energy, and the producers have a lake for water recovery.

The blend produced at Podere Il Montaleo also impressed the NYIOOC judges, winning a Gold Award for its intense, harmonic combination of Moraiolo, Frantoio, Maurino, Leccino and Pendolino olives.

Another major accolade went to Le Balze di Fontisterni for an intense blend of Moraiolo, Frantoio and Leccino olives with notes of almond produced by Tom Luger in the village of Pelago, not far from Florence.