SA Olive Industry celebrates the world-class Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) produced in South – Africa. Yearly they award South African produced Extra Virgin Olive Oil in three different classes: delicate, medium and intense. International judges are joined by SA’s top olive oil tasters. Over three day’s the panel tasted each of the 93 local oils, they meticulously scrutinize the medal contenders one-by-one according to quality, complexity, and balance in terms of aroma and taste during a blind tasting.

During a gala event on the 22nd of August 2019 at the beautiful Ex Nihilo venue in Simondium, producers, media and other industry representatives came together at the SA Olive Awards when gold, silver and bronze medals we awarded to local EVOO producers. The host this year was our ever lovely and popular celebrity, Liezel van der Westhuizen.

The results for De Rustica Olive Estates as follows:

4 Gold Awards

De Rustica Estate Collection Coratina

De Rustica Estate Collection Frantoio

De Rustica Estate Range Medium

De Rustica Estate Range Intense

“Our main aim is that the De Rustica name must be coherent to quality and our mission is to produce the highest quality extra virgin olive oil each year. Achieving the result we have this year at the SA Olive Awards is recognition of a team effort that carries one goal. A team that constantly wants to deliver the best. They work hard to keep the results of the harvest constantly at a premium level year after year.” – Precilla Steenkamp, Marketing Manager – De Rustica Olive Estates.

“This is a very auspicious moment for us a team as we celebrate the success of the year’s harvest. Being able to achieve the results with a formidable team is an honor and moment of awe. We thank the De Rustica team and are extremely proud of the results achieved.” – Joop Steenkamp, General Manager – De Rustica Estates.

We also commend all the participants and award – winners, South-African features and characteristics of extra virgin olive oil is of exceptional quality and we are proud to say that the standard is really high in our country.

Local Olive Oil Producers: Altevrede, Anysbos Olywe, Avenue Park (PTY) Ltd, Babylonstoren, Cederberg Olives, Darling Olives, De Hut, De Rustica Estates, Diepsak Farm, F. Costa & Son, Gabrielskloof, Galenia Estate, Kadimah Olive Estate, Kleinbergskloof, Kransfontein Estate, Kredouw Olive Estate, Lapithos Olive Growers, Marbrin Farm, Mardouw Investments ZA (PTY) Ltd, Morgenster, Namaqua Olives, Oakhurst Olives, Olive Boutique, Olyfberg Vrugte, Oudewerfskloof, PG Fruit, Porterville Olives, Prince Albert Olives, Rio Largo, Rockhaven Farms, Serrado Olive Estate (PTY) Ltd, Terra Rossa, The Greenleaf Olive Company, Three Sisters t/a Montpellier, Tokara, Vigne d’Or, Waterleliefontein, Wildekrans, Zoetigheid Farms.

For additional information or photo’s please contact:

Precilla Steenkamp at precilla@derustica.co.za or 044 241 2177

For more information about the 2019 SA Olive Industry Awards visit the SA Olive Industry website https://www.saolive.co.za/