We are over the moon as 6 of our products have been awarded stars at this year Great Taste Awards. Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. They have been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’.

We are really grateful for the wonderful feedback. Big thanks to the judges and of course our wonderful Greek producers that make us proud every year with their consistently superior quality and unbeatable flavours! Below you can read some of the judge’s comments.

18C evoo “Deep green unfiltered oil with a curiously creamy as well as green herbs, grass aroma. Greek mountain herbs on the palate; the bitterness does not overwhelm, despite the ‘green-ness’ . The pepper spike is sound. There is sweet fruit present also. This is intriguing. We do love the wealth of herbal flavours here. It’s certainly complex and balanced.”

21C “Really good aromas of rosemary and fennel on the nose, the oil has good texture, balanced flavours that marry well, the oil is fresh, interesting and very versatile.”

Apple Oil ‘Apple and cinnamon notes on the nose, the sage is well judged and doesn’t dominate. Smooth texture and well balanced flavours.”

Kalamata Olive Plain “Deep black and shiny in a lovely deep green oil with pepper and vinegar on the nose. Juicy yet firm with easy to pit fruit..”

Kalamata Olives with Lemon  “Beautiful, clean fresh lemon, delightful..”

Chestnut Honey  “A powerful yet subtle flavour that’s a welcoming difference from the norm, plus a really appealing appearance.”

 


We are thrilled to announce we were awarded a  SILVER MEDAL for 18oC organic evoo, which is a great honour for our producer. We are proud of this honourable distinction as 2016 was one of the most difficult years for Greek organic olive oil production.

The 22nd International Competition for Organic Olive Oil, PREMIO BIOL INTERNATIONAL 2017, is one of the top competitions for organic olive oil worldwide.

It took place in Italy, in the city of Ostuni, in the province of Brindisi, at the historical region of Apulia, known as the White City, from the 18th until the 20th of March 2017. Ostuni was destroyed by Hannibal and was rebuilt by the Greeks, who then named the city Astu neon, which means “New City” in Greek.

More than 350 organic olive oils were tasted in the competition,  from many countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Portugal, Israel, Argentina, the U.S.A., Croatia, Morocco, etc. All of the organic olive oils were evaluated with blind tasting by expert olive oil panel tasters of international reputation.


A while ago, some of you were given a complimentary beetroot spread with the following note: We hope you enjoy this FREE BEETROOT SPREAD Email us your feedback* info@oliveology.co.uk and get the chance to WIN a 3 day trip to visit the vineyard & meet the producers in the Nemea Region, Peloponnese, Greece.

The three day trip to Sofia tis Fisis in Nemea (Wisdom of Nature) HQ, Greece is for two persons and includes the following: two overnight stays at House Venikos, breakfasts, picnics, dinners, wine tastings, visit of Sofia tis Fisis, visit of wineries, visit of the temple of Hercules and a visit of the Corinth Canal.

This trip is an excellent opportunity to visit one of the most famous areas in the Peloponnese -where most of our producers are based – give you an overview of the area’s history and heritage, visit ancient sites as well as wineries and try local food and wine. Nemea has been a viticulture area since antiquity. Today, this tradition is continued by veteran vine and wine growers possessing a deep knowledge of the region, passed from generation to generation as well as young producers that have invested in education and technology.

This tour is a wonderful opportunity to witness these centuries of experience as well as how viticulture is inseparable to the life and development of the local society. Wisdom of Nature, the company that has been supplying us with grape products, only produce organic products, without preservatives or additives and their production unit runs according to the latest quality assurance systems. They mainly use the variety “Agiorgitiko” (St George’s, a flagship)

Greek wine variety, integrated into the myth and history of the local region of Nemea, Peloponnese, as well as its local culture and legends of Hercules. After all this essential information about the trip as well as the area, it’s time to announce our winner: Congratulations to Sandra and Gerald! We are wishing them the best of time, can’t wait to read their review of the trip and see the lovely photos.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this competition a success. We really enjoyed reading your reviews and appreciated your thoughtful input. We are glad that most of you really liked the spread and used it in a number of brilliant ways. It seems that having it on bread, pita or crackers (loved the potato bread idea from our Finnish friends, of course!) was the most popular way as well as with charcuterie and cheese (where you mentioned pairing it with smoked goat’s cheese as well as blue cheese). You enjoyed in salads –mostly potato salad, pasta, fish and meat dishes. We found the idea of combining it with smoked salmon on rye bread superb as well as the one with roast chicken and steamed Romanesco.

Stay tuned for our next contest!