Monday, March 6, 2017


Award-winning olive oils presented at tastings during Sol&Agrifood 9-12 April 2017

300 extra virgin olive oils entered the competition from 10 countries:
 Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, France, Chile and
 - for the first time - Japan
Italy is the undisputed leader in terms of the quality of its extra virgin olive oils.
The winners were announced on the first day of EVOO Days, the new 
 Veronafiere-Sol&Agrifood training and networking initiative in the 
olive oil sector.

Verona, 27 February 2017.  With one gold medal more than last year, Italy 
improved its share of the medals to defeat Spain 12-3 in the duel between 
 the world's best extra virgin olive oils which ended this evening in Verona 
 after attracting entries by 300 samples from 10 countries (Italy, Spain, 
 Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, France, Chile and - for
 the first time - Japan). The international jury of 13 highly qualified 
judges from Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Slovenia worked 
for six days in "blind tastings" to assess the oils.

The Sol d'Oro Northern Hemisphere 2017 competition saw Italy 
take four out of five gold medals envisaged in the award categories –
 delicate, medium and intense fruit, organic and single-variety – as well 
as all five silver medals and three bronze medals. Three medals, one
 gold and two bronze, went to Spain.  
The announcement of the winners of Veronafiere's international 
competition rewarding the best extra virgin olive oils in the world took
 place this afternoon in Verona during the first day of EVOO Days, the
 new Veronafiere-Sol&Agrifood training and networking initiative in the
 olive oil sector.
As an internationally recognized certificate of quality, bottles of medal 
winning olive oils will be entitled to display the award received 
(Sol d'Oro, Sol d'Argento, Sol di Bronzo - gold, silver and bronze). 
 Award-winning oils be given pride of place at Sol&Agrifood, the 
Quality Agro-Foods Exhibition scheduled 9-12 April 2017 
(, through dedicated initiatives themselves 
going back several years: from the "Sol d'Oro Stars" guide book 
for distribution to international buyers and Veronafiere delegates
 worldwide, to guided tastings and the Evoo Bar. For the second 
year, olive oils earning special mentions will be used during the finals 
of the Jam Cup; the 2nd Junior Assistant Master Trophy will take place 
precisely during Sol&Agrifood. The event highlights young members 
of the Italian Chefs Federation for the year 2017.

List of Winners SOL D'ORO Northern Hemisphere Competition - 2017 
(The full list of Sol d'Oro Competition 2017 special mentions
 is available on the site

Delicate fruit category:
Sol d’Oro  - Moli D’Oli Gabriel Alsina, Castello De Farfanya - Spain
Sol d’Argento -  Leone Sabino, Canosa di Puglia (Barletta-Andria-Trani) - Apulia
Sol di Bronzo - Batta Giovanni, Perugia - Umbria

Medium fruit category:
Sol d’Oro - Cosmo Di Russo, Gaeta (Latina) - Latium
Sol d’Argento - Azienda Agricola Donato Conserva, Modugno (Bari) - Apulia
Sol di Bronzo - Aceites Oro Bailen Galgon, Villanueva de La Reina – Spain

Intense fruit category:
Sol d’Oro Tenuta Zuppini, Torricella Sicura (Teramo) - Abruzzo
Sol d’Argento - Agricola Quattrociocchi Americo, Alatri (Frosinone) – Latium
Sol di Bronzo - Pruneti, San Polo in Chianti (Florence) - Tuscany

Organic olive oil category:
Sol d’Oro – Azienda Agricola Tommaso Masciantonio, Casoli (Chieti) - Abruzzo
Sol d’Argento – Azienda Agricola Quattrociocchi Americo, Alatri (Frosinone) – Latium
Sol di Bronzo - Frantoio Franci Snc, Montenero (Grosseto) - Tuscany

Single variety category:
Sol d’Oro - Leone Sabino, Canosa di Puglia (Barletta-Andria-Trani) - Apulia
Sol d’Argento – Azienda Agricola Quattrociocchi, Alatri (Frosinone) - Latium
Sol di Bronzo -  Aceites San Antonio, Jaen - Spain

The President of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese, officially opened work
 sessions on first day of EVOO Days - during which the International 
Sol d'Oro Northern Hemisphere Competition 2017 came to an end 
with the announcement of the winners - and pointed out that:
"The recent conversion of Veronafiere into a joint-stock equity 
company was accompanied by a business plan involving 94 million
 euros of investments by 2020, a significant part of which will 
support the development of events, including those in the 
agro-food sector. The EVOO Days dedicated to training and networking 
in the olive oil sector, move precisely in this direction since they interpret 
the new style we are keen to achieve for "Made in Veronafiere"
 exhibitions. Patronage for this initiative by the Georgofili Academy 
and the Olive and Olive Oil Academy ensures great prestige and support 
for us in pursuing the aim of expanding the professional skills of 
sector operators and improve company business. The EVOO Days are 
 especially part of the event development strategy for Sol&Agrifood 
promoted by this new two-day initiative. The show held alongside Vinitaly 
dedicated to quality agro-foods is enjoying continual growth: in 2016, 
it attracted more than 56,000 professional visitors (more than
 14,000 international from 82 countries). Now, thanks to the synergy 
between Sol&Agrifood, the Sol d'Oro Northern and Southern Hemisphere 
Competitions and EVOO Days, companies will have access to technical 
and economic information as well as marketing strategies to make
 the best use of all the business opportunities offered by the 'exhibition' tool."


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