Selection of best olive oils from across the globe

The 3rd International Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Contest – Ovibeja Prize, to be held in Beja this weekend, will feature approximately 70 samples of olive oil from seven countries, mostly from Portugal and Spain, but also from Italy, Greece, Argentina, Chile and Algeria.

The best olive oils will be chosen between April 20 and April 21 by a panel of 30 judges approved by the International Olive Oil Council.

The president of the jury is José Gouveia, a professor at the Higher Institute of Agronomy and considered to be one of Portugal’s leading olive oil specialists.

“The importance of this contest has grown because it is starting to be recognised on an international level, which leads to more samples being sent to the competition,” said José Gouveia, adding that this kind of competition helps develop the sector.

Visitors to Ovibeja, a traditional agricultural fair held annually in Beja from April 24 to 28, will have the chance to be the first to taste the prize-winning olive oils during the tastings every day at the “Wine and Olive Oil” hall.