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Portuguese olive oils are worth gold (and silver) in New York

The New York International Olive Oil Competition - one of the most respected in the world - awarded 32 medals to olive oils from Portugal’s north to south.


There were many Portuguese olive oils medaled in the International Olive Oil Competition in New York (NYIOOC), one of the largest and most prestigious olive oil competitions in the world and whose list of winners - this year, and due to the conditions of the pandemic, were revealed in dribs and drabs - in this unofficial guide to the best brands of extra virgin olive oil of the year.


Some of the big winners in New York are the Gallo Olive Oils, which bring home three gold medals (Grande Escolha, Colheita Madura, Gallo Azeite Novo Colheita) and two silver medals (Reserva and Gallo Bio).


At the highest level of awards are two olive oils from Casa de Santo Amaro (Casa de Santo Amaro Premium and Casa de Santo Amaro Grande Escolha), which also added a silver medal (Casa de Santo Amaro Prestige) to the trophies won in the last six years of this competition. Altogether, there are already 14 medals at NYIOOC. 

image from www.dinheirovivo.pt

From the acres of olive groves in Moncarapacho came four medals for Monterosa Olive Oils - all monovarietal -, artisanal producers from the Eastern Algarve. There were two gold medals (Monterosa Picual and Monterosa Cobrançosa) and many others silver (Monterosa Selection and Monterosa Maçanilha).


With three trophies, Herdade do Esporão olive oils, “one hundred percent local” and produced with olives “one hundred percent from the Alentejo” in the oil press of the herdade in a “one hundred percent sustainable” way, stand out. They are the olive oil Esporão Biológico Olival dos Arrifes, produced with the varieties Cobrançosa and Arbequina (gold medal), the monovarietal Herdade do Esporão Cordovil and Herdade do Esporão Selecção, from the best olives of the Cobrançosa variety (both with silver medals).


Oliveira da Serra (Sovena) also won three distinctions: Lagar do Marmelo and Gourmet (gold medals), Oliveira da Serra Ouro (silver medal).


The Sociedade Agrícola Ouro Vegetal brings to Portugal two gold medals for the Cabeço das Nogueiras Cobrançosa and Cornicabra olive oils.


Other gold medals: Bare Superior (Bare Foods), Carm Grande Escolha (CARM), Porca da Murça (Agricultural Cooperative of Olive Growers in Murça), Secrets of Côa Premium Organic, by producer Aníbal Soares and Acushla Gold Edition (Acushla)


The remaining silver medals: Saloio (Est. Manuel da Silva Torrado & Cª), Vale de Arca Premium and Vale de Arca Gourmet (Vale de Arca Estate), Carm Premium (Carm), Arribas do Douro (Porttable, by Freixo de Espada à Cinta) and Magna Olea (by Mirandela).


The New York International Olive Oil Competition was founded in 2013 by Curtis Cord, editor of the commercial magazine Olive Oil Times. 



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