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SA's best olives oils for 2018 have been revealed - here they are

Get to know your best local olive oils and start using them in your cooking. Here's a list of all the winners in the SA Olive Awards for 2018.

24 Aug 2018
olive oil being poured on salad

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The South African olive oil industry celebrated its best olive oils this year at the SA Olive Awards held at La Paris estate in Franschhoek. The awards signify and acknowledge the culmination of hard work and the strive for excellence within the local industry. 

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"The price differentiation between good and bad olive oil is starting to be understood. And there's no truer saying that until you taste good olive oil, you have no idea how bad, bad olive oil tastes" says Nick Wilkinson - SA Olive Chairman. 

nick wilkinson rio largo olive oil

"I believe opportunity knocks and sometimes very softly, and if you believe a rising tide lifts all boats, then it is time that we stand together as producers who can make a difference pushing our quality, growing our producer base and building export markets to become part of the solution to the ills of our country. We have the ability to become a solution in providing opportunity and employment". 

And the 2018 top honours go to:

Delicate EVOO

-Rio Largo Olive Estate
-Tokara, Diepsak Farm
-Olyfberg Vrugte. 

Medium EVOO
-Zoetigheyd Farm
-Namaqua Olives
-De Rustica Estates
-Lapithos Olive Growers
-Mardouw Olive Estate
-Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate
-Oakhurst Olives
-Serrado Olive Estate

Intense EVOO
-Marbrin Farm
-Mardouw Olive Estate
-Porterville Olives

Multiple gold winners
-Zoetigheyd Farm (3)
-L’Ormarins (2)
-Namaqua Olives (2)
-Mardouw Olive Estate (2)

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What local olive oil do you use? Let us know in the comments section! 

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