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The purpose of the Championship is to encourage excellence in the evaluation and recognition of extra virgin olive oils from the world’s producing regions.

Championship Organising and Technical Committees

The Organising Committee for the Championship will be:

  • Ms. Francisca García González – Secretary General of The Regulatory Council of The Protected Designation of Origin Priego de Cordoba
  • Mr. Rafael Muela – Tasting Panel Member for DOP Priego de Cordoba
  • Mr. Simon Field – Founder and Director of International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes

The Organising Committee is responsible for overseeing the Championship and resolving any issues, disputes or appeals which may arise. Their determination is final.

Technical Committee

To ensure the highest standard of integrity of the technical aspects of the Championship the Organising Committee will establish a Technical Committee to which it can refer for advice on organisational and technical aspects.

The Technical Committee will comprise the Organising Committee and up to five eminent members of the Spanish olive oil industry. Membership of the Technical Committee will be by invitation of the organising entities and limited to a tenure of two years from the date of appointment. 

Tasting Teams

All tasting team members must be permanently domiciled in Spain.

The competing teams each comprise three tasters. When registering for the Championship the team name and the names of each team member will be provided.

International Teams

The Organising Committee may invite Tasting Teams from other countries to participate for the experience and to promote international relationships. These Tasting Teams, which will be limited to one per country, will not be eligible for any awards other than the recognition of individuals as Savante or Associate Savante.


The event will be held on Friday 17 March 2017 at the offices of the Association for Quality Control of the Oils of the Region of Priego de Cordoba, Niceto Alcala Zamora Avda, Urban Park Multipurpose - Hall of Arts , 14800, Priego de Córdoba

Programme - Friday 17 March

9.00  Reception


Briefing on the skills tests


Skills test series 1




Skills test series 2 and 3


Championship closes




Answer sheets returned and answers provided


Any appeals for changes in scores considered


Announcement of Champions and Presentation of Awards


Skills tests

The Championship will comprise two series of extra virgin olive oil tasting skills tests

Skills test series 1 – time: 1.5 hours

This series will be undertaken by individuals and the team score allocated will be the sum of the scores of the three team members.

There will be no collaboration between team members.

The tests will be:

  • Rancidity ranking test – 5 points
  • Intensity ranking test – 5 points
  • Triangle tests – 4 points
  • Fault detection – 8 points
  • Regional variety identification – 8 points

(Total possible score 30 points per individual – 90 for each team)

Skills test series 2 – 45 minutes

This series will be undertaken by the team working together.

Each team will be given the same blend of extra virgin olive oils blended from 3 of 5 extra virgin olive oils. The team will determine which of the 5 have been used in the blend.


  • for each correct identification of an oil in the blend +5 points
  • for each incorrect identification of an oil in the blend -5 points

Maximum possible score for correct identification of 3 oils – 15 points

Minimum possible score – 0 points

Skills test series 3 – 45 minutes

This series will be undertaken by the team working together.

Each team will be given six monovarietal numbered samples of extra virgin olive oils comprising 3 varietals from 6 producing regions. The team will determine:

  1. The numbers of the samples which are the same varietal (ie, 1 and 3, 2 and 4, 5 and 6). For each correct pairing the team will score 2 points – possible score 6 points
  2. The varietal of each sample. For each correct varietal the team will score 1 point – possible score 6 points
  3. The country in which each sample has been produced.  For each correct country the team will score 1 point – possible score 6 points

Maximum possible score – 18 points

Total Championship scores

The scores of skills test series 1, 2 and series 3 will be added to provide the total championship score.

Maximum possible Championship score  for a team- 105 points

Use of Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices such as tablets, mobile phones or computers is not permitted during the Skills Test Series 1. If detected such use will result in the score of the individual responsible being excluded from the team total.

Return of Answer Sheets and Appeals

The answer sheets will be returned to individuals and the correct answers announced. Participants will have a limited period to lodge with the Organising Committee an appeal where they consider an answer has marked incorrectly. If the appeal is successful the score will be amended accordingly.

The decision of the Organising Committee on any appeal is final.


  • The team scoring the highest number of points will be declared Champion Tasting Team of Spain for 2017.
  • The team scoring the second highest number of points will be declared the runner-up.
  • Should there be a tie for any of the awards the award will be presented to the team scoring the most points in the team tasting series 2 and 3.

Prizes and Trophies


The winning team and the team coming second will receive the Championship trophies for 2017.

The winning teams will be eligible to represent Spain in the International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship should it proceed as planned in 2018.

International Register of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes

All participants will have the option of having their score in Skills Test Series 1 assessed for Membership of the Register of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes.

The individual scores out of 30 for inclusion in the Register are:

Associate Savante 18 points

Savante 24 points

  • The Register includes all those who undertake the Savantes Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Skills Test and wish to have their statuses recorded.
  • The entry on the Register for Associate Savantes and Savantes will include a photograph, a brief biography and email contact details.
  • All those who achieve either Associate Savante or Full Savante status will be presented with the appropriate certificate. 
  • The Register status will be retained until a higher status is achieved at a subsequent event.
  • Current members of the Register can be viewed at

Entry fees

  • The entry fee will be €150 for each team.
  • The entry fee will cover breakfast, lunch and the championship.
  • Entry will be effected by completing the prescribed entry form online at

Closing date for entries

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28 February 2017

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the respective tasting teams

Cancellation policy and team changes

Teams can change members by informing the organisers up to the day prior to the Championship by emailing stating the name of the team and the change in membership.

Given the flexibility of this arrangement there will be no refunds of entry fees.