Every year the International Olive Council organises the competition for the Mario Solinas Quality Awards, whose main objective is to select, among the EVOOs that participate those with the highest organoleptic characteristics in each of the categories set (Green fruitiness -Intense, Medium and Mild fruitiness- and Ripe fruitiness.
The international competition for extra virgin olive oils leading to the Mario Solinas Quality Award of the International Olive Council (IOC) is based on Decision No DEC-1/82-IV/00 which the Council adopted on 8 June 2000. According to this decision, the Award was launched in the 2000–2001 crop year in the wake of the Council’s 1993 decision to create it as a memorial and tribute to one of the most important advocates of the sensory analysis of virgin olive oil, the late Professor Mario Solinas of Italian nationality.
Its main objective is to select the extra virgin olive oils entered for the competition that display the best organoleptic characteristics in each of the categories established in these rules.
Extra virgin olive oils presented by registered individual producers, producers’ associations and packers may be entered for the competition. Two editions of the competition will be held in 2016 in order to increase the number and geographical diversity of entries. The deadlines will be 27 January 2016 for the first edition and 21 June 2016 for the second.
The prizes for the winning oils shall be awarded by the Executive Director of the International Olive Council or other authorities, at a place and on a date which have yet to be determined. The prizes shall comprise a medal (gold, silver or bronze) for the winners in each category who will also receive a diploma. The three finalists in each category will receive a finalist diploma.
The results of the competition shall be published on the IOC website.Mario Solinas Quality Award of the International Olive Council for the 2015/16 Campaign,