Just when we thought 2018 was an amazing year for De Rustica Olive Estates, having won 5 prestigious International awards and 6 National awards, 2019 kicks off with a bang!

On May 10, 2019, the NYIOOC unveiled the year’s best olive oils at a press conference streamed live from New York.

We entered our Estate Collection Single Cultivar Coratina for a second year in 2019. It was to our surprise that as the same in 2018, for the second year in a row it was awarded GOLD at the NYIOOC.

Our first harvest year was 2012 and we entered our first local competition in 2013. In 2013 our extra virgin olive oil received three gold medals and 3 places in the ABSA Top 5 Olive Oil Awards. We did not even dream of going international with competitions at this stage. From 2015 to 2018 our achievements in local competitions include 10 Gold Medals as well as part of the ABSA Top 10 list for the last two consecutive years.

In 2016 we started with International competitions including Flos Olei, Olive Japan, Sol D’Oro, New York and Los Angeles. Last year delivered 3 Gold Medals from the International market.

“The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is the largest and most prestigious olive oil quality contest. Its annual list of award winners is the authoritative guide to the world’s best olive oils and the dedicated producers who craft them.” – quoted from the NYIOOC website

Why is this award so prestigious for De Rustica Olive Estate?

“We are honoured to receive gold at the 2019 NYIOOC. Our Single Cultivar Coratina is a product of the majestic area we produce our extra virgin olive oil in. Being situated in a small town at the foothills of the mighty Swartberg Mountains and receiving this prestigious international award show the commitment of the entire team on the farm. The climate in the area is perfect for the development of the olive fruit which in result give us quality and consistency when producing our olive oil.  We pride ourselves in what we do. We commend our team and praise them for their dedication and commitment. Even with the extreme drought of the past three years, we did not compromise on the quality of our olive oil” – Precilla Steenkamp, Marketing Manager, De Rustica Olive Estates

Another reason why this is so important for South Africa is that the event enjoys major international media exposure. To mention only a couple of big names that cover the event, The New York Times, BBC, ABC News, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Guardian and so many more.

“We commend the NYIOOC for the professional manner in which they host this spectacular event. It gives stature and prestige to the Olive Oil Industry. We are proud to be so lucky to be part of this experience. It is truly amazing that so much effort and quality time is spend in finding the truly best of the best olive oils worldwide.” – Joop Steenkamp, General Manager, De Rustica Olive Estates.

“Making great olive oil takes determination, skill and obsessive attention to details. Those who succeed get the worldwide attention they deserve at the industry’s premier event and throughout the year.” – quoted from the NYIOOC website

Read more about the NYIOOC visit their website:

View the 2019 results visit:

The first olives of the season have been pressed and as we begin to crush, the aroma of freshly-cut grass fills our showroom; making us very excited for the year ahead! We are optimistic that this harvest will perform even better than our very successful 2018 harvest.

Our range of extra virgin olive oil is available at selected Woolworths and will soon be available in selected Pick and Pay retail outlets to view a list of these and more suppliers visit:

*De Rustica Estate Collection Single Cultivar Coratina Tasting Notes:  Fantastic Coratina single-cultivar EVOO who’s nose exhibits robust green fruitiness, followed by intense and varied fruity aromas such as apple and green almond, and vegetal aromas such as artichoke and olive leaves. The spectacular olfactory perceptions culminate with hints of aromatic herbs such as rosemary. On the palate, this EVOO is sublime, with a mild, smooth and lively entry and highly balanced medium pungency and bitterness. In the retronasal phase shows a high persistence. Complex, strong and elegant overall.