The best extra virgin olive oil in Spain is produced in Córdoba

The best extra virgin olive oil in Spain is produced in Córdoba
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Olive oil is an emblem of the Mediterranean diet, and a gastronomic treasure of Spain. Its significance ranges from its influence on health to its impact on the economy. But as we have seen in recent years, it is an unstable sector marked by circumstances.

Uncertainty has been the main protagonist in recent campaigns, with production at historic lows, weighed down by the droughts and heat waves that have swept through Spain. To which we must add skyrocketing costs, especially as a result of the invasion of .

The consequence of all these circumstances has been a spectacular rise in prices, which has ended up affecting the consumption of customers who saw olive oil as a luxury product.

Recognition of quality

But it is important to highlight that all these circumstances do not affect the base of the sector: Spain continues to be the main producer of olive oil in the world and, furthermore, it is of excellent quality.

To recognize this fact, each year the special Food of Spain award is given to the best extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) of the campaign. A recognition encouraged by the Ministry of Agriculture.

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On this occasion, the award for the best oil of the 2023/24 campaign has gone to an oil from the protected designation of origin (DOP) Priego de Córdoba presented by Almazaras de la Subbética, from Carcabuey (Córdoba). This oil mill has also won the award for best oil in the organic production category.

Conventional production

In addition, three oils have been awarded in the conventional production category. In the ‘bitter green fruity’ category, the prize went to the PDO Priego de Córdoba oil presented by Almazara de Muela, from Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba).

The Priego de Córdoba DOP oil presented by Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza Olivarera La Purísima de Priego de Córdoba, from Priego de Córdoba, has been chosen as the best ‘sweet green fruity’.

Finally, the award for the best “ripe fruity” oil went to the production of the Penedés Olive Oil Centre, in Llorenç del Penedès (Tarragona), attached to the Siurana DOP.

The Minister of Agriculture, according to EFE, has also reported on the preparations that have been finalists in each category. Within the conventional productions, in the ‘bitter green fruity’ modality, the oils presented by Agrícola de Bailén Virgen de Zocueca, from Bailén (Jaén), by Venchipa, from Ácula (Granada), have been finalists.




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