Locally produced olive oil just tastes better

By TASTE, 26 October 2023

Locally-produced olive oils are not only of an exceptionally high quality that shine on the international stage, they are also delivered straight from the source to you. De Rustica Olive Estate is a locally-based olive oil producer that harvests, grows and presses its own range of olive oils. Here’s what you need to know about this local producer.

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Established in 2005, De Rustica Olive Estate is a flourishing, award-winning olive oil producer. The estate is located in De Rust in the Klein Karoo where cool winters and hot summers are the key to producing exceptional extra virgin olive oil. The De Rustica Coratina, exclusive to Woolworths, is an intensely flavoured olive oil with fresh, herbaceous notes, and high bitterness with a strong freshly cut grass aroma.

De Rustica's commitment to harvesting, pressing and bottling the best olive oils saw them take them home the award for the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world at the 2023 EVOOLEUM Awards in Spain for their De Rustica Coratina extra virgin olive oil. The competition jury was comprised of 26 tasters from 10 different countries, who evaluated almost 1,000 blind samples from all corners of the globe before selecting the 100 best EVOOs in the world. The De Rustica Coratina extra virgin olive oil scored a total of 97 points out of 100 – the best score of the evening. De Rustica Coratina also won gold in New York at the NYIOOC 2023 World Olive Oil Competition, in September.

Locally, the extra virgin olive oil was awarded the Gold Delicate award at the SA Olive Oil Awards which were held at the picturesque Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl.

The obvious uses of a bottle of De Rustica Coratina extra virgin olive oil include using it in dressings, searing meat, or making sauces such as pesto, but have you ever thought of using olive oil in dessert? Give it a try, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Almond, citrus and olive oil cake

Get the recipe for almond, citrus and olive oil cake here. 

Photography: Jan Ras
Production: Brita du Plessis
Food assistants: Josh van Zyl

De Rustica prioritises freshness and quality by immediately pressing olives to create their olive oils. They employ advanced technology and stainless-steel storage tanks to maintain an optimal production environment. The award-winning De Rustica Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil is exclusive to Woolworths. 

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Learn more about De Rustica olive oil here.




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