28 Aug

Rio Largo Brings Home Gold Once Again at SA Olive Awards

Rio Largo won Gold at the SA Olive Awards last week… having won Gold Every year since 2010

Nick Wilkinson, Chairman of the SA Olive Association, and owner of the

Rio Largo Olive Estate has been winning Gold since 2010.

While awards are not everything, they do allow both the consumer and the producer the opportunity to enjoy a quality extra virgin olive oil.

Rio Largo Extra Virgin Olive Oil continues to enjoy accolades from abroad too – with awards from New York, London and Japan.

Try it, you’ll love it!

SA Olive Awards

That smile says it all…

About Rio Largo

Nick Wilkinson has a philosophy of “if you cannot measure it, you cannot control it”. He applied it successfully for 20 years while involved in international corporate agriculture in Central Africa. This was the foundation of the success story Rio Largo is today.

Looking for a new challenge when returning to South Africa in 2010; a deal was clinched after the doctor suggested Nick include more olive oil in his diet. This was during a flying medical, due to his high cholesterol and blood pressure, and Rio Largo Olive Estate was acquired.

As that harvest came to a close, Nick submitted a blend of the olive cultivars grown, handpicked and processed on the estate: Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina and FS 17- the perfect Italian style blend of extra virgin olive oil, to the SA Olive Awards held annually in Paarl.

This popular blend won its first award of a Double Gold in 2010. This signified an extra virgin olive oil of superior quality. Nick Wilkinson, the owner/producer of Rio Largo, who studied Olive Processing at UC Davis in California, has consistently achieved top international and local awards for Rio Largo ever since.

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