Leading South African producer Willow Creek Olive Estate has been singled out for excellence at two major international competitions: Olivinus and Sol d’Oro.

At the Olivinus international competition for extra virgin olive oils, which was announced this month, Willow Creek excelled in nine categories. It was also crowned with the title for Best Design, which acknowledges the packaging of every product in the Willow Creek portfolio.

The achievement was rapidly followed this week when its Willow Creek Privé and Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oils received Grand Mention at the Sol d’Oro, held in Osaka, Japan. In order to compare extra virgin olive oils of the same freshness or age, the Sol d’Oro competition separates the judging of the Northern and the Southern hemispheres as olive oil from one half of the globe will always have a six-month freshness margin on oils from the other half.

Modern olive oil-producing countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina have carved out a reputation of high quality for themselves and does not stand back when it is contending with such olive oil giants as Italy and Spain.

Olivinus awards

In addition to winning Best Design, Willow Creek olive oils won three of the highest accolades – Grand Prestige Gold medals for Willow Creek Privé, Willow Creek Director’s Reserve, and Willow Creek Jalapeño Flavoured.

They were followed by the Willow Creek Estate Blend, which won Gold and a Premier Design Award; Willow Creek Blood Orange Flavoured, Prestige Gold; and two oils among children’s favourites. Recognising the popularity of olive oil with youngsters, Olivinus is the only event of its kind with a separate panel of young judges, who are trained for a year. It awarded Children’s Selection Awards to the Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve and Willow Creek Privé – indicating that these olive oils already fit the trend of the future.

Willow Creek Olive Estate’s achievements at Olivinus are the latest in a series of regular appearances among the winners of the world’s most distinguished championships. Earlier this year, Willow Creek Estate Blend was named overall winner of the medium category at the L’Orciolo D’Oro, where its Privé and Directors’ Reserve received distinctions. It was the only South African producer to win medals at the Terra Olivo Mediterranean International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition, where its Directors’ Reserve won Grand Prestige Gold and Privé, Prestige Gold. It was also included in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil World Rankings (EVOOWR) of top 100 producers – the only South African producer to have achieved this and an achievement it has maintained for the third consecutive year. –Press release

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