2014 Marco Zichella Awards Results

The 13th Edition of the Marco Zichella Awards, for many one of the highlights of the olive industry calendar, took place on the 3rd of October in Stellenbosch. This award was instituted by Piera Zichella and Benedetta Lami Zichella as a tribute to the late Marco Zichella, respectively their husband and father. The aim is to honour his vision and passion for olive oil which inspired so many South Africans to produce their own. It was his wish to host a friendly competition like the ones which are organized on the Tuscan farms where families and friends get together to taste the freshly produced olive oils and vote for the best.

From all over the country proud owners of Oliomio machines (the first one imported by Marco Zichella in 1997, and produced by Mori–Tem in Tuscany), sent their samples to be blind tasted by a professional panel of selected judges. The Tasting Panel included: Linda Costa (Panel Leader), Reni Hildenbrand, Anne-Marie Ferreira, Robert Claasens, Louise Rabie, Leonard Arangies and Benedetta Lami.

Marco Zichella Tasting Panel

The event was hosted in the Zichella family home in Stellenbosch, and as usual it was filled with fun and excitement and underpinned by a competitive spirit of each producer believing his oil is the best! Each guest attending the evening was asked to taste and vote for the Consumer’s Choice Awards, namely their favourite oil, the one they would want on their table.

Authentic Italian hospitality and food accompanied by the delicious wines generously offered by Stellenbosch Vineyards, sponsor of the evening, created a warm and happy atmosphere and an occasion of socializing, interacting and sharing.

The first prizes, 4 beautiful hand-painted ceramic plates (Papillon Blue in Stellenbosch), were a well-deserved tribute to top quality extra virgin olive oil.

The panel voted as follows:

Delicate Category :
1st Olyvenhoudt (Still Bay)
2nd Muiskraal (Riversdale)
3rd River Bend (Eilandia – Breede River Valley)

Medium Category:
1st Gabrielskloof (Bot River)
2nd Groote Vallei (Tulbagh)
3rd Andante (Porterville)

Intense Category:
1st Rio Largo (Sherpenheuvel Valley)
2nd L’Ormarins (Franschhoek)

The Consumer’s Choice Awards went to:

1st Rio Largo (Scherpenheuvel Valley)
2nd Muiskraal (Riversdale)
3rd Gabrielskloof (Bot River)

Marco Zichella Winners

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