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International award for Dali Frantoio

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Dali Estate owners Ross Vintiner and Andrea Stewart at harvesting.

Over the weekend Dali Frantoio, from Martinborough was judged to be one of 552 of the world’s best extra virgin olive oils at the Olympics of olive oil, the New York International Olive Oil Competition 2019.  There were nearly 1000 entries from around the world.  Dali was one of three groves in New Zealand to receive an award.  


This result follows Dali Frantoio winning Best in Class and Gold Medal at the Olives New Zealand awards, along with Dali Picual also winning Gold.  Dali Coupage, our blend is silver medal and climbing.

Dali Frantoio is grown at Fraters Road, Martinborough on Dali Estate.  The trees are around 12 years old and the fruit is pressed at Pressing Engagements (Roger Smith) in Martinborough and bottled at Martinborough Winemaking Services.  So a real local product.

There are 1100 trees in total Leccino, Frantoio,Pendolino and Picual viratals. Dali Estate produce Wairarapa’s first ever Kalamata (pickled olives sold in Martinborough).  The grove was planted in 2005 and has won several NZ awards but this was the first time we’ve entered an international award.

Our Frantoio, from the olive cultivar of the same name, is “delicate”, that is, it’s mild in flavour and used for drizzling, salads, dipping and even for dropping over ice cream!  Frantoio can be warmed in a pan and you can add your preferred infusion (citrus, garlic etc) for a couple of minutes for the greatest infused olive oil there is.

The variety Frantoio comes from Tuscany, Italy and is the largest grown olive varietal in New Zealand.  Dali Frantoio has been a top NZ olive oil for the past five years.

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