Mornington Peninsula Olive Oil Producer goes for Gold in Australia

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 2nd October 2019

Bottle pouring virgin olive oil in a bowl close up

Victorian olive grove, Taralinga Estate is celebrating after winning two Gold medals at the 2019 Australian Food Awards (AFA) for its 2019 Picual EVOO and 2019 Premium Blend EVOO.

Adding this to its success at the 2019 Australian Golden Olive Awards (AGOA), Taralinga also won Best in Show, reinforcing its reputation as a premium, high quality option in the olive oil market.

Based on the pristine Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Taralinga Estate was established by Sam (Salvatore) Tarascio Snr. Its heritage originates from his grandfather, who operated an olive press in Italy which inspired him to follow his vision of excellence and keep the family tradition alive in Victoria, Australia.

“Olive oil runs through the Tarascio family’s veins with more than a century of premium olive oil production started by my grandfather in my hometown of Vizzini near Sicily,” said Mr Tarascio Snr.

“Following in the footsteps of my Nonno Salvatore (Turri), we aim to grow and produce the world’s best extra virgin olive oil. We are honoured that our passion and love for producing high quality olive oil is continued to be recognised with the AFA and AGOA awards.” said Mr Tarascio Snr.

The AFA awards follows Taralinga Estate’s great success in New York, where it took out Gold for the Picual and Silver for the Blend categories at the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest.

Taralinga Estate attributes part of its success to processing all of its oil with a state-of-the-art Pieralisi* two-phased oil processing plant, which allows the producer to maintain its vision of excellence.

Making a perfect everyday olive oil, high in antioxidants and full of flavour, Taralinga Estate EVOO has a fruity aroma and herb notes that transfer well to the palate. Its single cultivar Picual EVOO is pressed within hours of the fruit being picked, to maintain the highest possible levels of polyphenols, the good healthy fats.

The AFA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), offers Australian producers broad opportunities to leverage their success locally and internationally with AFA’s national brand seal of quality.

Following the success at AFA and AGOA, it is anticipated that there will be strong demand for the Taralinga Estate olive oil, which can be purchased at