The SA Olive Awards gives recognition to the top extra virgin olive oils of each year’s harvest. The competition is judged blindly by a panel of expert tasters from SA, led by an international Panel Leader.
The SA Olive Awards were created to honour the olive oil industry in South Africa. The competition will only accept registrations from entrants with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) produced in the current season exclusively. Entries must be 100% South African and made by South African producers registered with SA Olive. The entries can be either individual producers or by retailers selling EVOO from South African producers as their house brands.
Sue Langstaff International Panel Leader, Reni Hildenbrand Olive Oil Forum, Linda Costa Olive Oil Forum, Benedetta Lami SA Olive Tasting Member, Birgitta Hofmeyr SA Olive Tasting Member, Hazel Henman SA Olive Tasting Member.
Results & News
If you didn’t attend the SA Olive Awards evening on the 24th of August 2017, here’s SA Olive Chairman, Nick Wilkinson’s message to the SA olive industry that night:
This year, for the first time, only professionals who had not entered an oil themselves, formed part of the adjudication team.
As part of its ongoing commitment to promote excellence and recognise outstanding contributions by industry individuals, SA Olive has announced the recipient of its annual Mentorship Award. The 2017 Mentorship Award goes to Joseline von Wielligh of Goedgedacht Olive Estate.
Despite a difficult harvest leading to a smaller olive harvest, SA producers have still succeeded in providing the panel of five esteemed judges with outstanding contenders for the gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs in the 2017 SA Olive Awards.