Wild Olive Farm’s Buck’s Ridge Olive Estateand another Tulbagh Valley olive grower had some good news this year. At the prestigious 2011 Annual South Africa Olive Awards Ceremony held in Paarl, two Tulbagh Valley olive oil producers proved that Tulbagh Valley olive oils rank among the best in world.
John and Fi Acland of Groote Vallei won a Gold Medal, while Brendon and Sue McHugh of Buck’s Ridge Olive Estate won Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals in three different categories. Buck’s Ridge Olive Estate was the only South African olive oil roducer to win Medals in each Style category.
“The South Africa Olive Awards showcase the best Extra Virgin Olive Oils that South Africa has to offer and this year was no exception,” said Professor Luciano Scarselli, leader of the 2011 South Africa olive tasting panel. Professor Scarselli, from the Tuscan region of Italy, is one of the world’s most experienced and respected olive oil tasters. In a press conference, Professor Scarselli said that the quality of South African extra virgin olive oils entered into this year’s competition ranked amongst the best in the world. He continued by saying that South African olive oil producers and the South African olive industry should be exceptionally proud of their achievements in recent years.
Wouldn’t it be great to have the chance to buy real, fresh, extra virgin olive oils from all around the world in your neighborhood? Sadly, these extra virgin olive oils are not for sale in the United States. Maybe they will be “found”. I hope so.
May the sun shine through your branches.