Extra Virgin Pills

As soon as the echo reverberated by the eighth edition of the EVO IOOC Italy competition died away, and after the prize-giving ceremony last June, the column "Pills of extra virgin olive oil: The EVOO and its producer" will resume.

This time, too, a series of short press reports will be written, often filled with interviews with the protagonists, dedicated to the "Best of Show" in the latest edition of the EVO IOOC Italy, which took place in Calabria (Palmi) in May 2023.

Articles containing a round-up of news spiced up by some curiosities about the companies that - of all of them - received the great and coveted trophy from the judges of the first international competition in Southern Italy.

The company profiles of the winners of the national awards (11 Best of Country) and of the special awards (3 Special awards) will shortly be added to the 3 Best International (Best International Award North and Best International Award South Hemisphere, Best International Flavoured EVOO) and the 6 Best in Class (Best International Coupage N. H. and Best International Coupage S. H., Best International Monovarietal N. H. and Best International Monovarietal S. H., Best International Organic N. H., Best International DOP/IGP N. H.), so as to complete the top ranking in the EVO IOOC Italy, as every year.

For details of the other companies-winners of 346 Gold Medals and 168 Silver Medals, take a look at the results published on the competition website (https://www.appevo-iooc.it/risultati/).

The EVOO and its producer:

Pasquale La Notte.

Today's spotlights are shone on the Azienda Agricola of General Pasquale La Notte (Apulia, Italy), the reigning international champion in the EVO IOOC Italy 2023.

The award-winning EVOO: RACEMI, Coratina olive variety.

At Pasquale La Notte farm, the slogan is “Passion and love of the “queen” of the cultivars”.

Olive tree in “Racemi” was the first name given in 1883 to the Coratina cultivar, a name with which Pasquale La Notte wanted to honour the queen of international varieties.

Pasquale, who is descended from farming families, has grown love of nature, agriculture and olive tree from an early age.

After his military career, he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to the cultivation and care of his family's olive groves and the production of a superior quality extra virgin olive oil.

A staunch supporter of the “Coratina” variety, he has recurrently lavished praise on and made known the organoleptic qualities of his EVOO throughout Italy and abroad.

The General still has a passion, love and daily attention to his centuries-old plants in the Trani countryside by pruning them annually, ploughing and fertilising them appropriately, irrigating them moderately and constantly in order to avoid water shortages and to meet their daily intake of sap and nutrients.

Pasquale La Notte's farm has received numerous awards in recent years, in recognition of its devoted participation in the best national and international oil competitions. These include the prestigious Best International award EVOO Northern Hemisphere in the EVO IOOC Italy 2023, of which it is the reigning champion, as well as being the very best Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Northern Hemisphere to beat in the year 2024.

Company profile

Pasquale La Notte

Office: Italy - Trani

Web: www.olioracemi.it

Award-winning product: Olio extravergine di oliva RACEMI

Olive varieties: Coratina.

Olive harvesting method: Mechanized (trunk shakers and vibrators)

Olive mill owned by producer: No

Olive oil extraction process: Continuous cycle (2 phases)

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