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Neolea Celebrates Its Award-Winning Koroneiki

6 months agoBy Masha Richart

The Greek company Neolea took a Gold Award for its monovarietal at the world’s premier olive oil quality contest.

It is a great acknowledgment of the efforts the Neolea team took together with the farmers and the olive press in Manessi, Greece.

Bart Jan Manten said about the award

The company produces extra virgin olive oil in Kalamata from Koroneiki olives.

Company CEO Bart Jan Manten remarked that the company faced unexpected challenges during the harvest season.

“The organoleptic profile of 2019 early harvest was a bit unbalanced. Whereas you would expect more bitters in an early harvest, as opposed to fruitiness, this year’s early harvest had an excess of bitterness. This resulted in a longer-than-usual harvest period,” Manten said.

Neolea won a Gold Award for its delicate Koroneiki. The oil took Silver in 2017.

“At Neolea we harvest fine food to our own rhythm and it’s fantastic to see more and more people like our beat, including the sommeliers. It is great acknowledgment of the efforts the Neolea team took together with the farmers and the olive press in Manessi,” Manten said.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring in New York, is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest and its annual listing of award winners is considered the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

The complete list of winners can be viewed on the Official Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils

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