Absa awards the top olive oils in SA for 2019

Absa has supported the South African olive industry since 2013 by recognising and awarding the best locally produced extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs). In an industry where many top quality EVOOs are produced, being an Absa Top 10 winner speaks of excellence and a dedication to the craft.

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SA EVOOs are top-notch

Last week three international and five local olive oil tasters came together to judge the 93 South African extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) entered into the SA Olive awards. The overwhelming feedback from the judges was that our local oils are superb. Special mention was made by a number of judges about the excellent flavour profiles of the entries into the delicate category.

Jose Mingo, an international taster from Chile, remarked on the unique fresh cut grass and wild herb qualities of the South African EVOOs. He went on to say that ‘South African producers can comfortably market their oils internationally with these distinctive flavour profiles as an element of differentiation in the market’.

For panel leader, Müge Nebioğlu, it was her first introduction to such a vast array of South African EVOOs. Müge commented that ‘the judging was an incredible experience and the oils were excellent. SA producers are very knowledgeable and their use of modern technology produces very good oils’.

The judges also talked about the effect of the continued drought on the quality of SA’s EVOOs and the fact that it has by and large not had a negative impact yet.

This Thursday evening is the big night when the producers find out which of their oils made the nod for the bronze, silver or gold medals in the SA Olive awards. This will be followed by the Absa Top 10 awards on 27 September.

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SA Olive Young Chef winners: Variety is the spice of life!

The first SA Olive Young Chef competition is testimony to the fact that variety is indeed the spice of life and that diversity brings forth innovation.

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SA Olive Young Chef Dishes

The first ever SA Olive Young Chef Competition is a tasty mix of South Africa’s thriving culinary culture, the incredible talent of our future chefs and the versatility of olive oil and olives. SA Olive sees it as the perfect opportunity to be part of developing young and talented local chefs.

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Absa awards the top olive oils in SA for 2018

Absa has recognised and awarded top locally produced extra virgin olive oils since 2013. Being an Absa Top 10 winner is a remarkable achievement for winning producers and an award in this competition is confirmation that their oils are of the highest quality.

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Sol d’Oro 2018: International Acclaim for SA Olive Oils

South African extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) made a clean sweep of all nine the coveted medals in the 5th edition of the Sol d’Oro Southern hemisphere olive oil competition. Sixty-two Southern hemisphere EVOOs entered the competition and were blind tasted by an international panel of olive oil experts from Italy, Spain, Chile, Peru, Greece, and South Africa.

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A Worthy Global Competitor

Against the beautiful backdrop of the Paarl winelands, a group of very knowledgeable and passionate people came together to judge the 93 oils entered into the 2018 SA Olive Awards competition.

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SOL D’ ORO International Olive Oil competition – Southern Hemisphere

OSAKA / JAPAN   11. September – 16.September 2017

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SA Olive Awards Judging – Behind the Scenes

This year, for the first time, only professionals who had not entered an oil themselves, formed part of the adjudication team. 

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