South Africa’s award-winning olive oils have seen little-known local producers steal gold from the world champion olive oil producers of Greece, Spain and Italy at various international competitions, earning the approval of the international olive oil fraternity and food lovers alike.

Did you know?

Local olive oil production follows guidelines set out by the International Olive Council (IOC).

South African award-winning olive oils have garnered a slew of awards in recent years, despite the relative youth of our industry.

Morgenster Estate in Somerset West tops the list of internationally acclaimed South African olive oils. This award-winning olive oil is cold-pressed, entirely natural, free of additives, and is not refined or filtered. Their extra virgin olive oil was voted as Best Blended Olive Oil in the world, out of 3000 entries, at the L'Extravergine competition in Italy in 2005.

Morgenster has been awarded an L’Orciolo d' Oro, an extremely prestigious international award, nine years in a row, and was the first South African olive oil to receive this honour. In 2007, Morgenster was acknowledged as the world’s best olive oil producer when they received the coveted L'Extravergine Mill of the Year Award. Further, Morgenster had been voted the best extra virgin olive oil in the Southern Hemisphere.

Willow Creek Olive Estate is another award-winning South African olive oil. Their Willow Creek Directors' Reserve extra virgin olive oil won the intensely fruit category at the L'Orciolo d'Oro competition in Gradara, Italy. This intense, robust oil, a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, and Favoloza cultivars, also took gold at a recent Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition.

Other South African award-winning olive oils are Olyfberg Extra Virgin Olive Oil, grown in the Breede River Valley near the Klein Karoo, which was awarded the Best Blended Olive Oil in the world by L’Extravergine in 2008. Paarl's Vesuvio Estates is another multi-award winning olive oil producer.

Award-winning South African olive oil guarantees olive oil devotees an excellent product at extremely competitive prices compared to some costlier European counterparts.

Travel tips & Planning info

How to get here

The Cape winelands, where the bulk of South Africa’s top olive oil producers are found, are easily reached by air, rail and road.

Best time to visit

Most of the estates are open between 5 and 6 days a week. Check their individual websites for exact opening days and times.

Get around

All of the estates mentioned are accessible by car or, in true winelands style, helicopter.

What will it cost

Prices will vary per product and outlet.

What to eat

The olive producers mentioned all offer a range of oils, as well as delicious olive tapenades, chutneys and table olives.

Best buys

Award-winning South African olive oil, of course! Most of the olive oils mentioned are available direct from the estate or from delis and supermarkets countrywide.