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The South of Italy Sweeps the Sol D’Oro

The Sol d’Oro, one of the top international competitions for high quality olive oil, released the results of their 9th annual tasting evaluations and declared Italian olive oil to be the best in the world – but more specifically the south of Italy.

The special jury of multinational judges was lead by Dr. Marino Giorgetti, professor of Sensorial Analysis. It took the evaluators from Italy, Spain, Greece, Solvenia and Chile five days to assess all 218 entries.

The 2011 edition of the Sol d’Oro competition received olive oil samples from five different countries. The golden oils came from Spain, Portugal, Chile, Slovenia and Croatia and all producing regions in Italy.

The oil competition was divided into three categories: Delicate, Medium and Intense Fruity.  Awards were then given to the top three in each category. Italian oils took home the Sol d’Oro (gold), Sol d’Argento (silver) and Sol di Bronzo (bronze) in every category.

The nine top awards all went to Italian companies, representing oils from Puglia, Lazio, Sicily and Calabria.

Producers from the Olive Oil Merchant’s portfolio were well represented including Silver and Bronze medals in the Intense category:

MEDIUM FRUIT CATEGORY
SPECIAL MENTION: 
Torretta (Campania)
SPECIAL MENTION: Frantoio Franci (Tuscany)

INTENSE FRUIT CATEGORY
SILVER MEDAL
: Librandi Organic- (Calabria)
BRONZE MEDAL
: De Carlo – (Apulia)
SPECIAL MENTION: Geraci – (Sicily)

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