Willow Creek

International acclaim for Willow Creek

An exceptional performance by Willow Creek Olive Estate at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition has landed them with 2 much coveted medals: Best of Class and Gold.  The Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve, their ultimate pride and joy, impressed with its robust and complex flavours.

Regarded as the Oscar Awards of Olive Oil, the competition drew a record number of 645 entries from twenty countries, including Italy, Spain, Australia and the United States and the highly qualified judging panel consisted of 10 experts from around the world. The award-winning olive oils will be on display at the L.A. County Fair during the month of September.

Olive oil lovers will enjoy the enticing aromas of artichokes and tomato vines present in the Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve EVOO.  Nuances of rocket and salad herbs and a pleasant lingering nuttiness complete the taste sensation of this premium class olive oil blended from Coratina, Favoloza and Frantoio cultivars.  Food fundis consider it a versatile product which will complement carpaccio, pasta dishes and soups, and regard it as an unsurpassable basting for succulent steaks.

Willow Creek managing director, Andries Rabie, says the estate’s exceptional terroir plays a defining role in the superior quality of their oils. The dry climate in a winter rainfall region, together with access to irrigation, allows for optimum moisture at precisely the right time. Lime rich soils along with significant variations in winter- and summer-, as well as day- and night temperatures, largely contributes to the superb flavour development of the olives. “It’s simply a case of making the most of the goodness of nature – with plenty of passion, perseverance and patience from our side!” comments Rabie.

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