` Two Courses in Verona for Aspiring Olive Oil Experts


Two Courses in Verona for Aspiring Olive Oil Experts

Nov. 28, 2014
By Luciana Squadrilli

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Lake Garda, North­ern Italy

You don’t really need an excuse to visit Italy and its beauty, such as the evoca­tive town of Verona — where Romeo and Juliet lived and died, accord­ing to Shake­speare’s drama — and the pic­turesque olive groves that sur­round the Garda lake.

In case you need another rea­son to visit Verona, con­sider the inter­na­tional wine com­pe­ti­tion and expo­si­tion Vini­taly, from 22 to 25 March 2015, and the simul­ta­ne­ous Sol&Agrifood event ded­i­cated to extra vir­gin olive oil and other excel­lent food prod­ucts. The event is impor­tant for those who work with wine and oil, or are still study­ing the sub­ject.

O’Live & Italy, a project for the pro­mo­tion of olive oil cul­ture in the Garda Lake ter­ri­tory, will offer two courses held the week before Vini­taly which will bring par­tic­i­pants to local farms to sam­ple extra vir­gin olive oil directly from the pro­duc­ers who will be Sol&Agrifood’s exhibitors.

The courses will be directed by a high-level team of experts, fea­tur­ing Dr. Bar­bara Alfei (panel leader and expert taster of mono­va­ri­etal extra vir­gin olive oils), Dr. Anto­nio Giuseppe Lauro (panel leader of the New York Inter­na­tional Olive Oil Com­pe­ti­tion) and Dr. Marco Antonucci (writer and jour­nal­ist in the EVOO sec­tor).

The 6‑day, pro­fes­sional course, approved by the Region of Lom­bardy, is directed by Lauro. The course will be held March 16 – 21, and will allow those who pass the four tast­ing tests to obtain the Sen­sory Apti­tude Cer­tifi­cate which is nec­es­sary for enroll­ment into the National List of Tech­ni­cians and Olive Oil Expert Tasters in Italy.

The Inter­na­tional Mas­ter will last five days, from March 16th to 20th, and it will be held under the patron­age of ASSAM, the Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices Agency of Marche region which is par­tic­u­larly devoted to pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing monocul­ti­var extra vir­gin olive oils.


The Inter­na­tional Mas­ter is intended for those who want to attend an exhaus­tive course that will allow them to return home with a great wealth of cul­ture, expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge about olive oil.

In both cases, the offi­cial lan­guages of the courses will be Eng­lish and Ital­ian and the teach­ing plan involves more than 40 guided tast­ings of extra vir­gin olive oil from around the world, 4 cul­tural din­ners to explore the pos­si­ble matches between food and olive oil and com­plete edu­ca­tional mate­ri­als that will be given to par­tic­i­pants at the end of the expe­ri­ence.

The courses will be held in Toscolano Maderno, a beau­ti­ful vil­lage on the west­ern shore of Garda, in the head­quar­ters of the Asso­ci­a­tion, the Casa del Tempo Ritrovato. This is an old restored coun­try house with a small B&B and a pri­vate mill. The courses’ attendee will be accom­mo­dated there and in other local inns.

The pro­grams offer a rare oppor­tu­nity to broaden one’s knowl­edge about olive oil, while vis­it­ing a charm­ing area of North­ern Italy, and attend­ing Vini­taly and Sol&Agrifood.

See more: Course Infor­ma­tion and Signup Form (PDF)

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