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At the 12th edition of the International Sol d'Oro Competition, the international  extra virgin olive oil "Olympics", after a week of "blind" tastings – Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 February –     a qualified panel of 13 international judges from Italy, Chile, Greece, Slovenia and Spain,  selected the best extra virgin olive oils in  five categories:  delicate, medium and intense fruit, single variety and organic. Nearly 250 samples (+25% over 2013) were entered from Italy, Chile, Uruguay, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.
The outcome: 10-5 by Italy against Spain. Special Mentions (the complete list is available on the website www.solagrifood.com ) were assigned to extra virgin olive oils from Italy and Spain, as well as from Slovenia, Croatia and Chile.

The awards will be presented during the "Gala del Sol", scheduled on Tuesday 8 April during Vinitaly.
 
The most important international olive oil competition in the world is organized by Veronafiere as a preview for Sol&Agrifood (6-9 April 2014, www.solagrifood.com ). It  promotes a number of initiatives for winners, such as the possibility of affixing a sticker to bottles indicating the award received and exclusive meetings with foreign buyers in April during the walk-around tasting scheduled during the International Exhibition of Quality Agro-Foods, alongside Vinitaly.

"This edition of Sol d'Oro once again confirmed the extraordinary quality of the olive oils entered for the competition by companies from all over the world. Sol&Agrifood is their exclusive international stage for comparisons and promotion,"–said Damiano Berzacola, Vice-President of Veronafiere.
And in September this year, we will also present Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere to meet the needs of producers in this half of the world. This event makes its debut in Chile and will then continue to travel every year to another country with significant olive oil production, from New Zealand to Argentina: this initiative adds an important stop-off in the process of internationalization of Veronafiere exhibition events."

The first edition of Southern Hemisphere Sol d'Oro in Chile, dedicated to "new world" olive oil production (where the campaign starts in Spring), developed with the patronage of Veronafiere will be presented on 8 April during the Gala Evening Award Ceremony for the winners of Sol d'Oro 2014 in the presence of the President of the Cata Chile Panel Association and the Chilean Ambassador in Italy.
 
List of Winners - SOL D'ORO 2014:
 
Delicate fruit category:
Gold Sol - Explotacion Jame s.l. - Villargordo (Jaen)-Spain
Silver Sol - S.C.A. Del Campo San Juan, Jean – Spain
Bronze Sol - Azienda Agricola Tommaso Masciantonio, Casoli (Chieti) - Abruzzo
 
Medium fruit category:
Gold Sol - Romano Vincenzo & C snc, Bronte (Catania) - Sicily
Silver Sol - Agraria Riva del Garda, Riva del Garda (Trento) – Trentino Alto Adige
Gold Sol - Azienda Agricola Cetrone Alfredo, Sonnino (Latina) - Latium
 
Intense fruit category:
Gold Sol - Fattoria Nittardi, Castellina in Chianti (Siena) - Tuscany
Silver Sol - Muela-Oliva s.l., Priego de Cordoba - Spain
Bronze Sol - Galgon 99 s.l., Villanueva de la Reina (Jean) - Spain
 
Organic olive oil category:
Gold Sol - Finca La Reja s.l., Bobadilla (Malaga) - Spain
Silver Sol - Agraria Riva del Garda, Riva del Garda (Trento) – Trentino Alto Adige
Bronze Sol - Azienda Agricola Quattrociocchi Americo, Alatri (Frosinone) - Lazio
 
Single variety category:
Gold Sol - Azienda Agricola La Quagliera, Spoltore (Pescara) - Abruzzo
Silver Sol - Società Agricola Il Conventino, Monteciccardo (Monteciccardo, Pesaro & Urbino) -
Marches
Bronze Sol - Azienda Agricola Miccione, Buccheri (Siracusa) - Sicily