World EVOO Competition Salón Gourmets

Contest Rules  Panel of experts

Salón Gourmets has been a driving force and an exceptional witness to the impressive boom that Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is experiencing around the world, supporting producers in their race towards excellence in a sector that is constantly innovating and professionalising.

There is therefore a clear need to publicise the great Extra Virgin Olive Oils that are currently being produced in different corners of the world, the immense variety of colours, flavours and textures they offer and the infinite versatility of this product. What better way than by organising this worldwide competition?

The best extra virgin olive oils in the world will meet at the Salón Gourmets to celebrate the 1st Salón Gourmets World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. The aim of the competition is to find the most outstanding oils of the 2021/2022 campaign.

The jury, made up of international professionals from the sector, will award 7 prizes, taking into account their typology, organoleptic characteristics and design:

EVOO Quality Award Salón Gourmets:

Intense green fruity

Medium green fruity 

Ripe fruity

EVOO Ecological Quality Award  Salón Gourmets.

EVOO PDO and PGI Quality Award  Salón Gourmets.

High polyphenol content Award EVOO Salón Gourmets.

Packaging and Innovation Award EVOO Salón Gourmets.

During the last week of March, tasting sessions will be held by the Official Tasting Panel of the Community of Madrid to then select the EVOOs that will be part of the final that will take place on Tuesday, April 26 (Packaging and Innovation Award) and Wednesday, April 27 at the 35 Salón Gourmets. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 28 April from 12:00 to 13:00 h. in the Gourmets Auditorium.


Salón Gourmets EVOO Quality Award - Intense Green Fruitiness Category

First prize: Molino del Genil Picual, de Molino del Genil (Córdoba)

Second prize: Mueloliva Picuda, de S.L. (Priego de Córdoba, Córdoba)

Third Prize: Puerta de las Villas Temprano P.I., from SCA San Vicente Puerta de las Villas (Mogón, Jaén)

Salón Gourmets EVOO Quality Award - Medium Green Fruity Category

First Prize: Virgen de la Torre, of S.C.A. Virgen de la Torre (La Victoria, Córdoba)

Second Prize: Balcón del Guadalquivir, de S.C.A. San Felipe Apóstol (Baeza, Jaén)

Third Prize: Huerta Los Caños, de MONVA, (Mancha Real, Jaén) 

Salón Gourmets EVOO Quality Award - Ripe Fruity Category

First Prize: Castillo de Tudején, de Dehesa del Castillo (Aranjuez, Madrid)

Second Prize: Oro Bailén Arbequina, de Aceites Oro Bailén Galgón 99 S.L.U. (Villanueva de la Reina, Jaén)

Third Prize: Esporão Monovarietal Cordovil AOVE, by Esporão S.L. (Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal) 

Organic EVOO Quality Award at the Gourmets Fair

First Prize: Rincón de la Subbética, from Almazaras de la Subbética (Carcabuey, Córdoba, Spain)

Second Prize: Oro Bailén Picual BIO, from Aceites Oro Bailén Galgón 99 S.L.U. (Villanueva de la Reina, Jaén)

Third Prize: Loa 77, of Oleum Laguna S.L. (Villaconejos, Madrid) 


AOVE D.O.P and I.G.P. Salón Gourmets Quality Award 

First Prize: Oleo Subbética, by Marín Serrano El Lagar, S.L., in the Priego de Córdoba P.D.O. (Priego de Córdoba, Córdoba)

Second Prize: Vieiru Ecológico, from Almazara As Pontis - Agropecuaria, in the Gata-Hurdes P.D.O. (Eljas, Cáceres)

Third Prize: Dominus de Monva, in the Sierra Mágina P.D.O. (Mancha Real, Jaén)

High Polyphenol Content AOVE Salón Gourmets Award

First Prize: Cielo y Tierra Picual, from Cielo y Tierra Olive, S.L. (Jaén)

Second Prize: Palacio de los Olivos Picual, by Olivapalacios, S.L. (Almagro, Ciudad Real)

Third Prize: Balcón del Guadalquivir Picual, of S.C.A. San Felipe Apóstol (Baeza, Jaén)

Packaging and Innovation Award AOVE Salón Gourmets 2022 

First Prize: Loa 77, from Oleum Laguna S.L. (Villaconejos, Madrid)

Second Prize: Tesoro, by Grupo Montes Norte (Malagón, Ciudad Real)

Third Prize: Luxury MO, by Jacoliva S.L. (Pozuelo de Zarzón, Cáceres, Cáceres)




Grupo Gourmets stands on the firm foundation of more than four decades of experience as a gastronomic publishing house, manager of the Gourmets Wine Guide and private trade fair operator. It was founded in 1976 with the launch of Club de Gourmets, Spain’s oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to gastronomy, wine and travel. A monthly window to the world where readers can learn about all the latest trends in wine and fine dining, both at home and abroad.

A few months later, culinary professionals and gastronomy lovers came together at the Gourmets Round Table, a discussion forum where everything from the current state of dining to its implications were on the tables. This event, the first of its kind, laid the foundations for the New Spanish Cuisine, marking a turning point in the evolution of Spanish gastronomy. This was the first of many subsequent Gastronomy Round Tables until reaching the 9th edition to be held at the 35SG, where two topics of great interest will be discussed. The diversification of the chef’s role: owners, chefs and gastronomic consultants and the emergence of natural, organic and biodynamic wines on the oenological scene.

The first issues of Club de Gourmets as well as these events debuted to broad acclaim, and in 1979, Grupo Gourmets launched what would become a new publishing success: Gourmetour, Gastronomic and Tourist Guide of Spain, a pioneering publication that offered information to travellers about the country’s restaurants and notable sights. This handbook published its last issue in 2011.

In 1983, the Group embarked on a new adventure with the launch of the Gourmets Wines Guide, a handbook to wines that includes wineries, wine shops, wine regions and, of course, a list of Spain’s best wines, including tasting notes and ratings. Pioneering, rigorous and continuously updated, it has reached its 37th issue as a must-have wine guide for professionals and aficionados. In the Gourmets Wines Guide, readers can find 3,460 blind-tasted wines, complete with features and prices, including 2,501 with tasting notes and rankings; 1,107 wineries; 205 wine shops; 129 wine regions; individual area maps of all the Designations of Origin, and much more.

Over the last four decades, Grupo Gourmets has published more than 200 tittles, many of which have been translated into English, French, German and even Japanese. Thanks to the sponsorship of major companies, it has created an extensive publishing collection aimed at promoting the development of Spanish gastronomy.

A few years later, in 1986, Grupo Gourmets decided to create an exclusive circle for wine and food lovers: Club de Vinos Gourmets and La Alacena. More than 6,000 members belong to this select club. Every month, they receive a selection of deli products and unique wines, chosen by the Tasting Committee, delivered to their homes.

1987 saw the first Salón Gourmets Quality Food and Beverages Fair. Europe’ biggest high-end gastronomic event had, in its first year, 73 exhibitors and 8,000 visitors, figures that have increased considerably with each successive year, all the way to the present.

This event had so much potential that it was exported to other countries around the world, under the name ExpoGourmets Caribe, held in Puerto Rico and Miami. Expo-Rest, the New Restaurant Show, was also held, featuring themed restaurants, coffee shops, Quick Service Restaurants and airport and station restaurants, among others.

After a long journey, and with many years of experience under its belt, the 35th edition of the Salón Gourmets will be held in 2022. It is expected to attract more than 70,000 industry professionals and 1,600 exhibitors with 40,000 products, of which more than 600 will be new and 400 will be organic. It is a true gourmet show that continues to grow!

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