Croatian olive oil? Croatian olive oil brands have received great awards in New York. Croatian oils ranked fourth after Italy, Spain and the USA. Impressive result for a small country with modest production.
The number of registrations for the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) in Croatia is increasing year by year. 61 Croatian producers registered at NYIOOC 2019 and received 51 prizes, including 32 gold medals, 18 silver medals and 1 best in class, a success rate of 84%.
Croatian olive oil
45 of the 51 winning oils come from the Istrian peninsula in the northern Adriatic. It is an olive grove that is recognized year after year for its high quality of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). The next major olive growing area in Croatia is Dalmatia, a region that stretches south along the Croatian Adriatic coast.
The main winner was Agrolaguna, a large producer of wine and olive oil in Istria, known for its olive oil range Ol Istria and awarded 3 gold and one silver medal.
Organic olive oil
The best in its class was the organic oil Šoltansko Maslinovo Ulje (island Šolta), which was produced by an island producer cooperative from the Šoltanka culture (also called Levantinka).
The EVOO on the island of Šolta benefit from the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) at EU level as well as other oils from the islands of Cres, Krk and Korčula.
Also noteworthy is the ŽŽ Zdrava Hrana oil, a monovariate from Dalmatia, which was awarded a gold medal.
This organic olive grove with 15 hectares and 450 olive trees is located in Selca at the southeastern end of the island of Brač and has a long history. The oil is extracted from organic olives. Grass and weeds are removed manually and the sheep graze and fertilize the soil naturally without using chemical fertilizers.
Oro Bailén, one of the best in the world, from Jaén
Harvesting is done manually and grinding begins just a few hours later to preserve all the aromas of the olives. It is a completely natural product. Its owner, Željko, carefully monitors all aspects of the production to guarantee a quality product. The peroxide content is also significantly below average.
Al Torcio, a family business from Istria, also participated in NYIOOC for the first time and won two gold and one silver medal.