Athena International Olive Oil Competition to be held on March 20-22, 2017

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The launch of the second Αthena International Olive Oil Competition (ATHIOOC 2017) in Greece was announced by Vinetum Event Management.

ATHIOOC 2017 will be held on March 20-22, 2017 at the Costa Navarino Resort near storied Pylos in the region of Messinia, and judged by an international panel of twenty leading olive oil experts, who are opinion leaders both in their native lands and the international stage. Last year’s first ATHIOOC, held in Athens, received 256 entries from 10 countries and awarded 118 medals.

Greece, one of the world’s leading olive oil producers and by far first in terms of per capita consumption, has uplifted the olive into a cultural product and an internationally recognized symbol of its unique cultural heritage.

Messinia was chosen to host this year’s competition because it’s one of Greece’s leading olive oil producing regions, accounting for about 30% of total annual production nationwide. Moreover, it’s home to the prized koroneiki olive variety, which is considered to be one of the best in the world and whose cultivation is increasingly becoming a global practice.

ATHIOOC 2017, which will also include various original culinary initiatives, is sponsored by the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation, a non-profit private institution aimed at establishing Messinia as a model for sustainable agricultural development, and organized by Vinetum Event Management, a company with considerable experience in handling prestigious contests and other high profile events. The competition is chaired by Dinos Stergidis, principal owner and CEO of Vinetum, and directed by Maria Katsouli, accredited olive oil connoisseur and first olive oil sommelier in Greece.

March 20-22 2017
Costa Navarino Resort, Messinia, Greece

For further information visit our site at or call (30) 210 766 0560.

Vinetum Event Management

41 Kareas Ave. GR-16233 Athens | Tel.: +30 210 766 0560 | Email:

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