Leone d’Oro International Competition is the most selective oil competition in the world, discovery, promoting and honoring olive oils fruit of commitment and passion of producers from around the world.
LEONE D’ORO is NOT ONLY A COMPETITION! We give you a sensory evaluation done by a Professional Panel that tastes weekly all year round. We study year by year how your evoo develops and we can help you to improve your quality.
Leone d’Oro International
Is much more than a competition.
The Leone d’Oro International is a project that is constantly growing.
We involve olive oil producers and professional tasters in a journey that lasts all year. Of course there is the Competition: after months of tastings, only one producer for each category will win the prestigious award… the “Leone d’Oro”…but we do more:
Courses, Masterclasse & collaborations
We are passionate about olive oil and want to share our knowledge.
How to taste olive oil, how to become a professional olive oil taster, how to improve your tasting skills, all while tasting the most exciting olive oils in the world?
Do you want to try a unique Evoo experience?
“This is not a box…“
Eye-opening into details
Emmanouil Karpadakis - Marketing & area Exports Manager @TerraCreta SA, Olive oil production and tasting expert
La famiglia dei produttori
Vito Girone - Produttore di Olio Gangalupo, Leone d'Oro Categoria Monovarietali 2020
Un percorso di crescita
Alfredo Marasciulo - Capo Panel Università di Bari e Ci.Bi. Guida i concorsi Biol ed Ercole Olivario. Consulente internazionale per il miglioramento della qualità per aziende olivicole.
Rigore verticale e comunicazione orizzontale
Martina Fregale, scrittrice e giornalista
Scoprire nuove sfumature olfattive
Riccardo Camanini, Patron/Chef Ristorante Lido84
The extra virgin olive oil
The history of olive oil is intertwined with human history like few other stories.
Knowing it often means following our steps and discovering the territory in which we have moved them.
Legend has it that a dispute arose between Athena and Poseidon over the dominion of Attica. The father, Zeus, decreed that the challenge would be won by
who would offer men the most useful gift. Poseidon, god of the sea, offered a splendid war horse, while Athena warrior goddess but also goddess of wisdom, planted her spear on the ground from which a new tree was born: the olive tree.
It was Athena and her olive tree that prevailed: how to beat, in fact, the olive and its juice that nourishes and heals the body, heals wounds and diseases and illuminates buildings and houses?
Since its inception, the olive tree has therefore always had a sacred and regal character.
If for the Greeks it was the nectar of the Gods, for the Egyptians it was the gift of the Goddess Isis and for the Romans it was a symbol of purification.
The fast ships of the Phoenician merchants brought the olive tree and its cultivation to southern Italy and Spain since the eighth century BC.
The Romans held the olive tree in high esteem and transformed entire provinces of Spain and northern Africa into olive groves.
If during the barbarian invasions, the cultivation of olive trees suffered a setback, the spread of the monasteries around the year 1000 gave an impulse to the olive tree and oil, indispensable for religious celebrations and beyond.
From the Middle Ages to the present day, the pace is long, but over the centuries, olive cultivation has not changed much.
Today, around 1200 olive varieties have been recorded worldwide.
Italy, with more than 450 cultivars (= variety) alone covers 42% of the world’s biodiversity.
Each Italian cultivar tells the variety of our territory and its microclimate, the arduous selection made over the centuries by our ancestors and the culinary culture.
Between flavors and aromas, the oil tells our story.
Here, we continue to tell the evolution of this millennial story that speaks of men and the territory, biodiversity to be protected and heroic agriculture, environmental sustainability and social sustainability, of work and passion and above all of excellence sought and rewarded.
Here, we talk about EVO oil, of course, but we also talk about us.