Wikispanishfood editorial team
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment (MAPAMA) has presented the Alimentos de España (Foods From Spain) awards for the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in 2016–2017 in the Bitter Green Fruit, Sweet Green Fruit and Ripe Fruit categories. The awards aim to highlight those virgin olive oils from Spain of the highest quality and with the best organoleptic properties and to encourage producers to make and sell those oils.
In this edition, the oil that received the highest score in the blind tasting conducted by the Andalusian government's panel of official tasters came from Venchipa S. L., in Ácula (Granada), which received the Alimentos de España Special Award. It also received the distinction for the best extra virgin olive oil in the Bitter Green Fruit category.
The award in the Sweet Green Fruit category went to the oil presented by S.C.A. Almazaras de la Subbética, in Carcabuey (Córdoba).
The winning oil in the Ripe Fruit category came from Hacienda Queiles S.L., in Tudela (Navarre).
The Ministry of Agriculture worked together with the Andalusian government's Agri-food Laboratory in Córdoba and the tasting panel from the Ministry's official Agri-food Laboratory in Madrid to select the oil samples presented in the competition.
The Córdoba Laboratory received the samples and completed the sensory evaluation and the physical-chemical assessment. The tastings were conducted by three panels, each comprising five experts belonging to the panels of both administrations. All of them were directed and coordinated by the head of the panel, who was also responsible for drafting the technical report on the tests conducted, and on the results.