The inaugural Greek National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship will be held in Kalamata on 9 March 2019. The Championship will be coorganised by International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes and the Kalamata Olive Oil Taste Laboratory of the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese (TEI). Teams of three tasters of Greek domicile will compete for the title of National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Champions of Greece. The winning team, and possibly the runners-up, will be invited to compete in the inaugural Team Tasting World Championship to be held in Priego de Cordoba, Spain, on the 4th and 5th October 2019.

The format of the Championship will follow that of the Championships held in Spain, France and the USA with the competitors undertaking individual taste tests before combining as a team to complete two team tests. The tests cover intensity ranking, variety identification, defect detection, regional varieties and blending.

Participants will also have the opportunity to achieve Savante or Associate Savante certification in recognition of the achievement of a prescribed level of personal competency in the tests.
The purpose of the Championships is to encourage a high standard of olive oil tasting competency, respect for the products of all producing regions, and to celebrate the enjoyment of tasting the flavours of extra virgin olive oil in all producing and consuming countries.

The rules of the Championship, entry requirements and registration are available through the TEI and Savantes websites (Greek Tasting Team Championship 2019), For further information contact Simon Field at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.