The first day participants will learn about the chemistry behind blending and explore in depth the aromatic and taste profiles of the most important olive oil varieties in Greece: Koroneiki, Athenolia, Manaki, Makri, Kolovi, Adramytini, Amphissis and Megaritiki. The second day, participants will experience hands-on how to create blended olive oils to meet consumer expectations and maintain quality consistency, how to make informed decisions about blending based on economic and marketing factors, and experiment with varieties and proportions.
Instructors of the course are renowned olive oil tasters and blenders, Richard Gawel and Antonio Lauro, both panel leaders at international extra virgin olive oil competitions and highly esteemed for their research, consultancy and teaching work around the world. Both Richard Gawel and Antonio Lauro taught courses offered by the International Olive Oil School in 2014 in New York.
The course “Monovarietal and coupage olive oils: the art of blending” has been approved by the International Olive Council as a technical assistance program and is kindly supported by Orange Grove, the young entrepreneurial hub of the Netherlands Embassy in Athens and the Institute for the Olive Tree and Subtropical Plants of Chania in Crete. The Captain Vassilis Foundation, which encourages and supports all activities related to the sustainable development of olive oil production in the region of Kalamata, is the major sponsor of the program.
The same course will be offered in the capital and two of the major olive oil production cities of Greece: Athens, Kalamata and Chania.
Dates of the course “Monovarietal and coupage olive oils: the art of blending”
Kalamata: 25 – 26 January 2015
Chania: 28-29 January 2015
Athens: 31 January – 1 February 2015
Official languages of the course are English and Italian with simultaneous interpretation in Greek.Monovarietal and coupage olive oils course "The Art of Blending" in Greece,