Portuguese olive oils win 24 medals in Japan

Portuguese olive oils were among the stars of this year’s Olive Japan competition, winning 24 medals at what is considered “one of the world’s premier olive oil contests”.

Portugal was the third country that took home the most medals, only beaten by Spain (116) and Italy (44).

The Algarve’s Monterosa Maçanilha oil from Moncarapacho was considered one of the 12 best extra-virgin olive oils – winning the ‘Premier’ medal, said to be the most prestigious of all.

Elsewhere, Gallo Worldwide won four medals, while Herdade do Esporão, Oliveira da Serra, Picoto, Valpaços, Casa de Santo Amaro, Viveiros Monterosa and Quinta Vale do Condo won others in various categories.

Nine silver medals were attributed to Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira (CARM), Angelica, Casa Anadia, Oliveira da Serra, Art&Soul, Quinta da Lagoalva and Herdade do Esporão.

This year, Portugal’s olive oils were up against over 400 other producers from 22 countries, including Argentina, Uruguay, the USA, South Africa, Tunisia, Jordan, Cyprus and Italy.

In all, the jury handed out a total of 12 ‘Premier’ medals, 152 gold medals and 134 silver medals.

The winners were announced on April 29.