Croatia has been declared the world’s best olive region in the world, according to Flos Olei.
For the third time in a row, the country was awarded the best olive region on the planet. Last year Flos Olei experts selected Istria as the best quality olive region in the world for the second time in a row and included it in its catalogue for 2017.
This year, Flos Olei, a reputable Italian-English world guide for extra virgin olive oils was presented in the centre of Rome, Italy on the 9th of December 2017. More than 500 world producers from all continents attended the event. Croatia had 75 representatives from Istria.
On this occasion, twenty of the world’s best olive growers from Italy, Spain, Chile and Enio Zubin from Buščina near Umag in Istria presented their olive oils at the luxury Westin Excelsior Roma Hotel. Some of the oils reached the price up to 40 Euros per two and a half decilitres.
It is interesting to note that among all colleagues from leading olive-growing countries, Zubin produces the smallest quantities of olive oil. For example, he produces 48 hectolitres of organic olive oil a year, whilst his colleague from Spain Casas de Hualdo from the region Castilla-La Mancha produces more than 7,600 hectolitres a year!
The promotion of the Istrian and Croatian oils in Flos Olei was especially encouraged by the director of the Istrian Tourist Board Denis Ivošević thanks to whom Croatian olive growers have been present in the guide for 12 years.
‘’This is the most important place for professionals to discuss about olive growing, from producers to distributers. Nine years Istria has been present in this guide as the second best olive region in the world, whilst for the last three years, we are the world’s best olive region with the largest number of olive growers included in this guide. This only confirms Istria’s primacy in the world’’, commented Ivošević.