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Spain's Olive Tree Municipalities Announce 'Culture Award' Winners

Apr. 25, 2012
Pandora Penamil Penafiel

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The Spanish Association of Municipalities of the Olive Tree (AEMO) has awarded the Priego de Córdoba Olive Oil Tasting School for Children, the Olea Europea expo­si­tion and Ocon Mills for spread­ing world­wide the cul­ture of olive oil 2012, within the appli­ca­tion of the 10th AEMO Awards on the spread­ing of the Olive Oil Culture 2012.

The jury, accord­ing to AEMO, decided to rec­og­nize the Priego de Cordoba School with the first prize for its great poten­tial” which affects pos­i­tively the devel­op­ment of schoolchildren’s knowl­edge on the val­u­a­tion of extra vir­gin olive oil. The school accord­ing to AEMO, dis­sem­i­nates olive oil cul­ture through future gen­er­a­tions.

The sec­ond prize, which was pre­sented by the author Antonio Campos, went to the Olea Europea expo­si­tion, held in Riogordo (Malaga), and ded­i­cated to the cul­ture of olive oil and olives. Here, the jury praised the high artis­tic qual­ity” of the art­work col­lec­tion and a very care­ful” pre­sen­ta­tion.

Meanwhile, the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of the olive press of Ocon Mills into an inter­pre­tive cen­ter of extra vir­gin olive oil received the third prize pre­sented by the City of Ocon (La Rioja). The project, from archi­tect Francisco Iturriaga, was car­ried out with an absolute respect” to the orig­i­nal archi­tec­ture. This con­ver­sion, accord­ing to the jury, will enhance the cul­ture of olive oil in this small town, located near the Ebro.”

Best Mill

AEMO granted a few days later its 9th National Award for Best Mill, an award that rec­og­nizes both the extra vir­gin olive oil pro­duced and the facil­i­ties and man­age­ment that makes it pos­si­ble.

The first award went this time to Agroexplotaciones Tucuman, from El Carpio Tajo (Toledo) whose EVOO is sold under the brand of Casas de Hualdo. In this case, the jury praised their mag­nif­i­cent and mod­ern” facil­i­ties, which make up an oper­a­tive mill, along with its high archi­tec­tural har­mony.

According to AEMO, its olive oil has a medium to intense fruity ripe, very clean, with pleas­ant aro­matic fresh almond tones. The entrance on the palate is intensely fluid, appear­ing later a very slight bit­ter­ness and sharp­ness bal­ance involved in a sur­pris­ing sweet­ness.”

The jury also deliv­ered a spe­cial acknowl­edg­ment to Almazara La Muela, whose olive oil is sold under the brand of Venta del Barón. AEMO val­ued the ratio­nal lay­out of their machin­ery and equip­ment which are housed in a mod­ern build­ing with great func­tion­al­ity, scrupu­lous han­dling of raw mate­ri­als, the sep­a­ra­tion of olive into the dif­fer­ent vari­eties and the care­ful clas­si­fi­ca­tion of oils in stock.

Moreover, the jury rec­og­nized Francisco Bujalance, head of Production at Cortijo de Suerte Alta, from Albendín (Baena) as Best Mill Master because of his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and care in han­dling this mod­ern eco­log­i­cal mill.”

Monumental Olive Tree

On the other hand, AEMO rec­og­nized as Best Monumental Olive Tree of Spain The Frozen Olive” pre­sented by the City of Culla, located in the province of Castellón. The jury awarded the sen­si­tiv­ity and per­se­ver­ance of the own­ers of the tree, the Celades Family for keep­ing a frozen olive tree appar­ently dead for over 50 years, after which it rebounded, express­ing the unique abil­ity of this species to sur­vive.

All these awards will be pre­sented at the Montoro Olive Fair (May, 16 – 19).


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