“L’Orciolo d’Oro”, the world’s first professional competition devoted to extra virgin olive oil, was born in Italy and took shape in the second half of the 80s from an idea of Marta Cartoceti. For the occasion, she brought together a small group of enthusiasts, producers, restaurateurs and oenologists who, serving as a self-styled “amateur” jury, launched an event that gained professional recognition in the olive oil world in 1991.
Since the same year, 1991, the jury of L’Orciolo d’Oro has always been composed exclusively of professional tasters enrolled in the registers or lists of tasters established according to the regulations in force, belonging to the various associations of professional tasters.
Since the first official edition in 1991, “L’Orciolo d’Oro” established itself as a major and innovative reference for many olive farms, which regarded the competition as a research and development driver, as well as a seal of recognition to boost the quality of the oil itself and, thus, of processing systems.
L’Orciolo d’Oro” attaches great importance to a careful and selective attention to the transparency of every single operation, always establishing a professional jury led by recognised industry leaders, and distinguishing itself early on from existing and budding competitions.
A reference model for all competitions in Italy and abroad that have come since, and from which they always draw inspiration.
Today, the general direction of “L’Orciolo d’Oro” is set by Manuela Vigo, President of “Enohobby Club Milano” and daughter of Marta Cartoceti, who pursues the family tradition with passion and professionalism and the support of her husband, Vincenzo Federico Petisi.