The official results for the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition are in! The winners were announced at a recent event in New York after a panel of 18 experts put the candidates through rigorous testing. This competition is the one of the most prestigious of its kind, and the final list of winners is viewed as “the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.”
Spain performed exceptionally well at this year’s event, taking home a record number of awards and, in particular, taking home more Gold awards than ever before. The country’s producers entered a total of 154 olive oils, just a few more than last year, coming in after Italy but ahead of Greece and the US in terms of entries.
In total, Spain took home 4 Best in Class distinctions and 84 Gold and 25 Silver medals, with the result that around 74% of producers that entered the NYIOOC took home an award. That is “one of the highest success rates among the top producing countries and 11 points higher than in 2018,” according to www.oliveoiltimes.com. Moreover, winning oils came from all over Spain and not just from Andalusia.
Best in Class winners were Palacio de los Olivos, Master Miller García de la Cruz, Oro Bailén Reserva Familiar Picual, and Nobleza del Sur Eco Day. Gold winners included Cortijo Villapardillo Picual, Olimágina, Esencial Limited Edition, Conde de Mirasol, and Nevadillo Negro Temprano. Silver winners included Luque Organic, Merula, Terra Anduyar, Magnun Sess, Sabor d’Oro, and La Despensa de Palacio.