SA Pride at NYIOOC 2021

South African Pride at the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition

Five SA Olive Industry Association members have won nine awards in the annual NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.  The NYIOOC (The New York International Olive Oil Competition) is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil quality contest and is rated the most trusted guide to the year’s best Extra Virgin Olive Oils.  South Africa’s awards list is impressive and proves that South Africa is expanding its appeal, ability and aspirations to become a major quality olive oil producing country.

South Africa produces some of the world’s finest Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) as evidenced by the results at this year’s NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

Gold Awards
– Andante Forte
– Willowcreek Directors Reserve
– Rio Largo*
– Andante Intenso

*Rio Largo has also just won a distinguished Silver Award at the 2021 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.

Silver Awards
– Willow Creek Estate Blend
– Mardouw Oil of the Olive
Andante Mezzo
– Willow Creek Nuy Valley
– De Rustica Estate Collection Coratina

SA Olive manager, Vittoria Jooste says: “These accolades are testament to the quality of South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a well-deserved recognition of the efforts of those involved in making the success happen. We are extremely proud of our producers who fly the South African EVOO flag on the global scene, and we hope that even more producers will be able to participate in future editions.”

This year’s NYIOOC saw a record-breaking 1171 entries from 25 countries. All entries were analysed by 21 expert tasters from 13 countries working remotely and supported by the NYIOOC technical teams.

The award winners are presented on the Official Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils, the world’s authoritative guide to high-quality extra virgin olive oils.

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About SA Olive
SA Olive is an association representing the common interests of the South African olive industry and is committed to supporting a healthy future, i.e. ensuring a healthy future for its members, healthy growth and development for the industry and a healthy lifestyle for all South Africans.

Always look out for the SA Olive CTC seal on a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is a seal of confidence and it’s the guarantee of the producer’s Commitment to Compliance in quality olive oil production.  It confirms that the EVOO is 100% locally (South African) produced and is authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.