This year the Southern Hemisphere edition of Sol d’Oro was held in Cape Town at the Park Inn, Heerengraght street. Judging for the competition commenced on Tuesday (8th September) and concluded today (10th September) with the live announcement of the winners.
The Sol d’Oro competition is an international event organized by Veronafiere and while the Southern Hemisphere edition is still very new, this year being its second year, the competition itself has been going for about 20 years. There has been a lot of excitement with South Africa having the honor of hosting this prestigious event, particularly as it is an opportunity for smaller producers to enter without incurring the usual full costs of shipping oils overseas.
Producers from four countries, namely; Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and South Africa, submitted their best oils to be judged under three categories: Delicate Fruit Oil, Medium Fruit Oil and Intense Fruit Oil.
The winner are:
- Petralia by Terramater (Chile)
- Alonso Olive Oil Ultra Premium Frantoio by Agricola Pobena (Chile)
- Rio Largo Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Rio Largo (South Africa)
- Miditerra Grand by Miditerra (Argentina)
- Baleia Olive Oil by Baleia Wine (South Africa)
- Adamskloof Olive Oil by Adamskloof (South Africa)
- Colina de Garzon Trivarietal by Agroland (Uruguay)
- Keerweer Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Wildekrans (South Africa)
- Gabrielskloof Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Gabrielskloof (South Africa)
The following oils received ‘special mention‘ awards for their high scores:
- Oakhurst Delicate by Oakhurst Olives (South Africa)
- Willow Creek Director’s Reserve by Willow Creek (South Africa)
- Babylonstoren Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Babylonstoren (South Africa)
- 8 Olivos Blend by Agr. Y For. Don Rafael Lida (Chile)
- Carozzi Intense by Empresas Carozzi S.A. (Chile)
- Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Morgenster (South Africa)
- Andante Intenso by Porterville Olives (South Africa)
- Tokara Premium by Tokara (South Africa)
- Chaloner Mountain Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Chaloner (South Africa)
- Prince Albert EVOO by Prince Albert Olives (South Africa)
- Marbrin Olive Growers Director’s Reserve by Marbrin Farms (South Africa)
- 1492 Picual by Olivares de Quepu SA (Chile)
Congratulations to our South African producers for performing so well!