The first prize of the International Olive Oil Council, the “Mario Solinas 2007” Quality Award in the medium fruitiness olive oil category, was won by a producer based in the town of Plomari on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos.
The firm Rafteli-Protouli M. Co was honored with the distinction.
Commendations in the extra virgin olive oil category were also picked up by the Agricultural Cooperative Aggelianon and Cretan Natural Products Bios Aplous, both based in Rethymno, on the large island of Crete, for the high score they garnered in the same category.
The Mario Solinas quality awards for extra virgin olive oils are acclaimed internationally. The award ceremony was held in Madrid within the framework of the 95th International Olive Oil Conference.
A total of 73 high quality olive oils from Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, France, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Syria and Tunisia were featured in the 7th annual competition, with only six honored after receiving the highest score in the three categories of intense, medium and slight fruitiness.
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