Greece’s Olive Oil shines bright at New York International Olive Oil Competition 2017



This year, Greek olive oil producers had their best performance to date at the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), more than tripling last year’s success rate and taking home more awards than ever before, which included 46 awards in total and 20 of those Gold.

This was an admirable achievement for Greece who was up against a record-breaking 910 olive oils from 27 countries, reaffirming Greek producers’ dedication to excellence.

Two Greek companies won two Gold Awards- the Hellenic Agricultural Enterprises, went home with Golds for two medium extra virgin olive oils produced from the unique Kolovi olive native to Lesvos.

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The other Greek company with two Gold Awards this year was PJ Kabos from the Ancient Olympia area.

James Panagiotopoulos from PJ Kabos said, “Even though God has blessed us with awards every year since we started participating in competitions, the anticipation and hope of seeing our name in the award ‘credits’ live from New York each year is still there. Actually it is an even more intense feeling than the first year we participated; reaching the top is easy compared to the effort and motivation it takes to stay there!”

Three Greek companies each won a Gold Award accompanied by a Silver Award this year. Great Stories, a new company based in Athens won a Gold for their Medium Koroneiki and a Silver for their medium Manaki. Amphora Olympia and Patrida Imports also won Gold and Silver.

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List of Greek Olive Oil Gold Winners 2017 →

  • Lidrivio Medium Blend
  • Acaia
  • Aegean Gold
  • Phileos
  • Chrisopigi Sitia Lasithiou Kritis
  • Oliorama Exclusice Bio PGI Olympia
  • Plinthos
  • Makaria Terra
  • 39-22 Koroneiki
  • Melissinos Estate Reserve
  • Amphora Olympia PGI Organic Early Harvest
  • PJ Kabos 11-12-16
  • My Precious Olive Tree Mani Blauel
  • Aeolian Olive
  • Gaea Vranas
  • Olympian Green Oly Oil Traditional
  • Kallas First Press
  • Immortalitas

*This article appeared in Full feature, plus list of winners can be found here

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.