The world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil competition, the New York International Olive Competition (NYIOOC), has awarded two highly prized and international acclaimed “Best in Class” trophies to NSW-based producer, Alto Olives.
The coveted dual trophies and gold medals were won respectively by the flagship single varietal, Alto Vividus, and its stablemate, Alto Robust, a Tuscan blend.
The NYIOOC attracted more than 700 entries from 25 countries, and were judged by an international panel that tested and tasted the oils over three days.
Both these Extra Virgin Olive Oils (the only Alto oils entered in the competition) were produced from the 2014 harvest lodged in different classes, the Alto Vividus as a single varietal and the Alto Robust blended oil class.
Robert Armstrong, Alto proprietor, said the New York Competition is regarded as the ultimate challenge by the world’s oil producers.
“To be recognised by such an esteemed global panel, not just for one Australian Extra Virgin oil but for two, is remarkable and very exciting especially for a young artisan company like Alto Olives,” Armstrong said.
“At Alto Olives we are fastidious about quality and that focus is certainly paying dividends. Especially if you consider these two trophy oils were from the 2014 Australian harvest and were competing against younger oils from the northern hemisphere.
“Equally exciting is the fact that two other Best in Class citations were won by another leading Australian producer, Cobram Estate. By my calculation that means Australian olive oils topped four of the total 16 Classes – a significant achievement that posts a very positive future for Australian Extra Virgin Oil,” Armstrong said.