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Extra virgin olive oils from Uruguay, South Africa and Chile


2019-10-16

The winners of the only blind tasting competition dedicated to extra virgin olive oils produced in the southern hemisphere were announced at Expoalimentaria in Lima. Chile took three medals, followed by South Africa and Uruguay with two and Peru and Brazil with one - yet all countries taking part expressed impressive quality, as the Special Mentions also assigned to Argentina and Australia clearly demonstrate. The special "Giulio Bertrand Prize" was awarded to Chilean producer Agricola Monte Olivo.
  
The winners of the 6th edition of the Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere competition for extra virgin olive oils come from Uruguay, South Africa and Chile, respectively in the delicate, medium and intense fruit categories. Two Sol d'Oro silver medals were awarded to Chile and one to Peru, the host country achieving a place on the podium for the first time. Sol d'Oro bronze medals were awarded to extra virgin olive oils from Uruguay, Brazil (making its absolute debut in the competition) and South Africa. 

"This edition of Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere in Peru attracted entries from more countries than ever - Peru, Chile, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil - as well as more samples, while equally highlighting impressive quality. The final ranking clearly highlights this: the nine main medals were awarded to five different countries, alongside the diversified list of special mentions, thereby demonstrating that even for producers in the southern hemisphere, with strong export vocation, quality is an important driving force as regards competitiveness," said Daniele Salvagno, Member of the Board at Veronafiere, the organiser of the competition under the Sol&Agrifood brand, during the announcement of the winners at the Expoalimentaria Trade Fair in Lima, the most important food fair in Latin America.

As regards Special Mentions, Argentina achieved the highest number of awards, followed by South Africa, while Chile, Uruguay, Australia, Peru and Brazil also emphasised the overall high quality level by earning awards.
The special "Giulio Bertrand Award", named after the great Italian producer who moved to South Africa and assigned to the company obtaining the highest score as the sum attributed to each award was taken by Chilean producer Agricola Monte Olivo.
"Almost all countries taking part saw their companies come to the fore, thereby witnessing that 'quality' by now knows no boundaries and is the keyword all over the world," said Marino Giorgetti, panel leader of the jury comprising panellists from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Greece, Italy, Spain and South Africa."

As a sequel to the competition, award-winning olive oils will be able to affix the Sol d'Oro sticker testifying to the award won and will also benefit from promotion and marketing initiatives focusing on buyers and horeca operators within the scope of Sol&Agrifood, the International Exhibition of Quality Agro-Foods held alongside Vinitaly in Verona (19-22 April 2020 - www.solagrifood.com).
  
Moreover, thanks to agreements reached with HKTDC - the outcome of the internationalisation strategy that has always guided Veronafiere's operations - award-winning olive oils can take part in the tasting organised by Sol&Agrifood during the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (November 7-9 ) with the Sol Intl' EVO Oil Show.

The complete list of medal winners and Special Mentions is available here: https://www.solagrifood.com/en/sol-doro-southern-hemisphere-winners-2019