New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

In 2016, Olives New Zealand and AGMARDT were pleased to announce the winners in the 2016 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards at the Awards Dinner held at Parliament – Grand Hall on Saturday 15th October.

In 2015, there were 60 entries in New Zealand’s most prestigious competition for extra virgin olive oil.

The Awards judging was carried out at the Food Bowl specialist food/beverage laboratory in Auckland from 22nd to 24th September.

The judging panel comprises six trained and experienced international and New Zealand olive oil tasters.

The Head Judge was Peter Olson from Australia, complemented by international guest judge Himeyo Nagatomo from Japan, Margi Kirkby from Australia and Charlotte Connoley, Ed Scott and Hilary Fenemor from New Zealand. All of the judges are formally trained olive oil tasters & very experienced as judges.

The Olive Oils produced by these winners has been certified as extra virgin olive oil. To qualify for Olives New Zealand Certification requires meeting very specific requirements based on standards from Olives New Zealand and the International Olive Council. To find out more about this process please see our page on certification.

2016 – Gold – Commercial (250 Litres and above)

  • Gold – Commercial Class (250 Litres and above) – Intense – Single Varietal
  • Commercial Intense – Single Varietal / Weka Frantoio / Laraine and Peter Rothenberg / Nelson

2016 – Silver – Commercial

  • Silver – Commercial Class (250 Litres and above) – Medium – Blends and Single Varietal
  • Commercial Mild – Blends / 2016 Kina Haus Blend / Wayne & Nini Wooff / Nelson
    Commercial Mild – Blends Kakarki Olives / Helen & John Dunlop / Nelson
    Commercial Mild – Single Varietal / Tasman Bay Olives Frantoio / Roger Armstrong / Nelson
    Commercial Mild – Single Varietal / Tasman Bay Olives Leccino / Roger Armstrong / Nelson
    Commercial Medium – Blends / Weka Leccino/Frantoio Blend / Laraine and Peter Rothenberg / Nelson
    Commercial Medium – Single Varietal / Weka Koroneiki / Laraine and Peter Rothenberg / Nelson
    Commercial Medium – Single Varietal / Weka Leccino / Laraine and Peter Rothenberg / Nelson

2015 – Bronze Medal Winners

  • Bronze – Boutique (30 Litres to 249 Litres)
  • Boutique Medium – Single Varietal / Kina Haus Koroneiki / Wayne & Nini Wooff / Nelson

    Boutique Intense – Single Varietal / Kina Haus Leccino / Wayne & Nini Wooff / Nelson

2015 – Silver – Commercial

  • (250 Litres and above)
  • Commercial Medium – Blends / Kakariki Olives / Oriwa Blend / Helen & John Dunlop / Nelson

    Commercial Medium – Single Varietal / ELOVI Frantoio / Roger Armstrong / Nelson

    Commercial Medium – Single Varietal / Weka Koroneiki / Laraine and Peter Rothenberg / Nelson

    Commercial Intense – Single Varietal / Kina Haus Frantoio / Wayne & Nini Wooff / Nelson

2014 – Silver Medal Winners

  • Silver – Boutique (30 Litres to 249 Litres)
  • Boutique Medium – Single Varietal / Weka Koroneiki / Laraine and Peter Rothenberg / Nelson

2013 – Best in Class Winners

  • Best in Class – (Commercial – 100 Litres and above of Production)
  • Weka Koroneiki / Laraine Rothenberg / Nelson