20 Sep

Australian extra virgin olive oils will compete at the National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards next month.

The awards, now in their twelfth year, will be chaired by Richard Gawel, research scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute, along with more than 20 accredited judges on October 3 and 4. “As always, it is a great privilege to assist the capable judges in their task of searching out and rewarding the best […]

17 Aug

Dwarda Ridge top of West Australian olive table

Dwarda Ridge Estate of Boddington won the Best WA Table Olive and Don Vica Pty Ltd of Fremantle won the Best of Show in the 2008 West Australian Olive Council (WAOC) Table Olive Competition. Commenting at an awards function yesterday at Edgecombe Brothers Winery, Henley Brook, chief Judge and chair of the judging panel, Professor […]

07 Aug

one of the oldest and largest olive press was discovered in northern Israel

An ancient olive-oil production complex dating from the 6th-7th Centuries CE , one of the largest ever exposed in Israel was discovered at Ahihud, in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority. A unique and impressive complex for producing oil that dates to the Byzantine period, which is also one of the largest uncovered in […]

28 Jul

4th extraordinary session of the Council of Members of the International Olive Council

The Council of Members of the International Olive Council held its 14th extraordinary session at its headquarters in Madrid from 8 to 11 July 2008. Discussions were chaired by Israel. The first day of the session focused on the future action of this intergovernmental organisation. A Discussion Group met to determine the special-interest topics and […]

14 Jul

A Thousand Wrestlers and Two Tons of Olive Oil

Every summer for the last 650 years, Turkish men have gathered to see who was the strongest, fastest and slickest of them all. It’s called Kirkpinar, and it’s the biggest oil wrestling competition in the world. The well-muscled men face off in the middle of a grassy field, as a crowd of thousands looks on […]