The world's oldest extra virgin olive oil competition

L'Orciolo d'Oro


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The world's oldest extra virgin olive oil competition

L’Orciolo d’Oro, the first professional competition dedicated to extra virgin olive oil, born in Italy and the oldest in the world, took shape in the second half of the 1980s from an idea by Marta Cartoceti bringing together a small group of enthusiasts, producers, restaurateurs and oenologists who, constituting an “amateur” jury, started what in 1991, with a jury made up exclusively of professional tasters registered in the registers or lists of tasters on the basis of current regulations, belonging to the various associations of tasters, it will become a professionally recognized reality in the olive growing world.




The Numbers of L'Orciolo d'Oro 2020

Great Mentions
Special Awards
Absolute Podium

Why Partecipate

The competition aims to enhance the best olive oil production in the world, promoting the knowledge of excellent extra virgin olive oil.

Historical Passion

The competition stems from the real desire to bring out the extra virgin olive oil as a raw material of extreme quality and from a passion that has been cultivated every day for almost 30 years

Professional Quality

It is the only competition that specifically awards quality with 9 category prizes coming into contact with international buyers.


Transparency is synonymous with clarity. Our rules are clear and obvious to everyone and the selection is explained in detail.

An International Jury

Our professionals from 10 different countries

In this Edition there will be an International Jury made up of professional tasters registered in the Register or List of tasters, belonging to the different taster associations, to accurately and professionally sanction the best oil in the Northern Hemisphere.

As a sensorial analyst, she has extensive international experience in the formation of panel groups for the tasting of virgin olive oils and is called to perform blended among extra virgin oils to obtain products with certain peculiarities, both in Italy and abroad.

David Noy has been CEO of the Shan Oil House in Israel for 9 years.

He was also Panel Leader in the Northern Tasting Panel of the Olive Organization in Israel.

Selin Ertür graduated from Bilkent University in 1996 and attended the Masters in Oliveculture and Elaiotechnics at the University of Perugia in the Faculty of Agriculture.

She is a professional olive oil taster and producer, with 17 years of professional experience in the olive sector.

Nicholas is an international olive oil expert, a trainer, speaker and co-founder of Grove and Vine, a personalized service for the supply of olive oil.

Alexis Kerner, born in Philadelphia, is an expert olive oil taster who has resided in Seville, Spain for almost 20 years. She received her undergraduate in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and her title as Expert Olive Oil Taster from the International Olive Council and the University of Jaen in Spain.

Adina Petrioli is a olive oil producer in Firenze and a olive oil lover. In 2001 she obtained the Certification of Professional Taster in O.N.A.O.O. She also has the certificate as “panel test member” issued by the Panel Chief Dott. Marco Mugelli (CCIAA of Florence) and the certificate of suitability to be a Panel Chief.

She is enrolled in the official register of the Italian Professional Taster since 2012.

Silvia is member of numerous panels as DOP Chianti Classico Commission, the Consorzio LAUDEMIO and the former CCIAA Commission in Florence.

Nobuyuki Hayashi is a japanese olive oil taster: he studied also in Italy and he had some experiences in the university research field.

In this period of his career, he is doing consultancy work for numerous Sol Levante companies in the agri-food field and he is dealing with some teaching activities linked to the sensory analyses of food.






How to Enter the Competition

Fill IN the application form

Click on the "Apply" button and fill in the application form by entering all the required data


Wait for the confirmation.

If accepted, you will receive an email with all the information to complete your registration process to L'Orciolo d'Oro.


Remind that the application is open to all the oil producers who produce extra virgin olive oils classified with the criteria of CE 2568/91 rules (and following modification) and 510/06 rules.

How to Enter the Competition

Fill IN the selection form

Click on the "Applicate" button and fill in the application form by entering all the required data


Read the regulation in the mail

We will send you an email with the competition rules to be read carefully


complete the registration from the link

If you are selected, sign up through the link you will find in the confirmation email


Send us the oil samples

Prepare a package with the oil samples you want to participate in the competition


Get the final results

At the end of the evaluation you will receive all the results of the analyzes and votes of our jury


What they say about us

“A concentrate of stubbornness and experience that has made L’Orciolo d’Oro lasts for 27 years and confirms itself as one of the international reference competitions for the fans of green gold and the operators of the sector.”


“The oldest competition dedicated to quality extra virgin oils.”


“It is one of the most authoritative competitions at national and international level and sees in competition the best extra virgin olive oils that are examined by a jury composed of professional tasters selected throughout Italy.”

Frantoio Moro

“The Orciolo d’Oro is an important national competition of extra virgin olive oils that has now gained visibility to credibility both in Italy and in the world, which every year more and more companies from the olive sector participate.”


Apply for 2020 edition

Fill in the form in all its parts and candidates for the XXIX edition of “L’Orciolo d’Oro”.

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