The “Majestic Flavoured with Lemongrass & Tarragon” olive oil produced by Sakellaropoulos Organic Farming was voted first in the world at the annual World Ranking Evoo (EVOOWR) competition.
The winning Greek olive oil comes from olive groves near Mount Parnon and Mount Taygetos in Laconia, Peloponnese.
“This is a very important distinction, first for Greece itself, then for the Greek olive oil and then for us,” co-owner and chemical engineer Nikos Sakellaropoulos told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). “Last year we were ranked second with our ‘Syllektikon’ olive oil,” he noted.
The top five rankings of the Best Condimento-Flavored Olive Oil for 2018 included the Laleli Flavored With Tea Leaves (Turkey), Enzo Flavored Fresno Chili Crush (USA), Delicious Truffle Flavored Olive Oil (Greece-Crete), and the Lucero Flavored Mandarin Orange Agrumato (USA). The EVOOWR is based on a system first introduced by the World Association of Journalists of Wine and Spirits, in which each olive oil amasses points based on international competition awards.
For its rankings in specific categories, EVOOWR analysed 28 international competitions that included tastings of 9,522 samples from 30 countries. Overall, Greece ranked third after Italy and Spain in 2018, followed by the United States and Portugal. EVOOWR’s purpose is “to communicate to the consumer the quality of the most awarded extra virgin olive oils in the world”.
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