Double Gold at 2019 SA Olive Awards

2019 SA Olive Awards Gold

[ SA OLIVE DOUBLE GOLD ] For the third consecutive year, our XXV and EVOO were awarded GOLD at the annual SA Olive Awards. A very proud moment for the entire Mardouw team: manager Philip, olive oil wizard Chris and assistant farm manager Nico pictured here with Mardouw owners Mr & Mrs Verder) Find out where you can buy a bottle of our golden oil here

2019 SA Olive Awards Gold

ANUGA 2019

[ ANUGA ] Mardouw will be attending Anuga for the 5th year in a row. Held in Cologne, Germany, Anuga showcases global innovations and trends of the food industry … the Taste of the Future. Mardouw is part of that future. Come and taste our premium extra virgin olive oils and get up, close and personal with the Mardouw team.

New York Gold

New York, New York 🎼… After London, Mardouw was awarded a second international gold award at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition in New York, the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest. The NYIOOC’s annual listing of award winners is widely considered to be the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils. Find our Medium and Intense Extra Virgin Olive Oils at a Pick ’n Pay or Woolworths near you. See a list of shops here: https://mardouw.com/map/

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TASTE Magazine

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Woolworth’s TASTE Magazine 15th birthday collector’s edition is looking particularly posh with our XXV advert in it 😉 Mardouw’s award-winning intense extra virgin olive oil is available from Woolworths (and Pick ‘n Pay Western Cape) nationwide, or get it online here https://goo.gl/GEDT68

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Double Gold for Mardouw at the 2018 SA Olive Awards

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Mardouw Olive Estate scooped a double gold at the 2018 SA Olive Awards held on 23 August 2018 at La Paris Estate in Paarl. Building on the Swellendam based Olive Estate’s 2017 double gold accomplishment, Mardouw’s flagship XXV Intense and the Mardouw Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil have been acknowledged by a panel of local and international tasting judges from the USA, Spain and Argentina, for their distinct quality and flavour.

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“We are proud to see that the Mardouw brand is establishing itself as a consistent, gold-awarded brand,” says André Verder, Mardouw Olive Estate owner and long-time investor in South Africa’s olive oil industry. “Years of investing in research, soil, trees, people and equipment are today culminating in top products that are being valued for their natural purity and culinary finesse all over the world.”

Mardouw’s olives are grown in Mediterranean-like climate and soil conditions at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in Swellendam. Gentle hand-picking at optimal ripeness, careful cold extraction within 24 hours after harvest, and expertly blending by resident oil wizard Chris van Niekerk, guarantee the unique, fruity and sharp peppery characteristics of Mardouw’s extra virgin olive oil. The entire process, from fruit to flask, takes place at the Mardouw estate.

“Olive oil is only Extra Virgin if the free fatty acid content is below 0,8%,” explains Philip King, Mardouw General and Sales Manager. “That’s the international standard, promulgated by the International Olive Council. Mardouw takes this one step further, by returning consistently remarkably low lab results of 0.24% FFA and 4.0 meq/kg PV for XXV, and 0.37% FFA and 6.0 meq/kg PV for our Oil of the Olive. That’s quality in numbers.”

Mardouw Olive Estate’s olive oil products, including a special Mardouw Skin Care range, are marketed in South Africa and Europe. The Mardouw XXV Intense is available from Woolworths in South Africa, while the Mardouw Skin Care range is available from www.mardouw.com in South Africa and from leading pharmacies in Germany.

( Photo: Men of the moment, General & Sales Manager Philip King and Farm Manager & EVOO Wizard Chris Van Niekerk )

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Mardouw Newsletter February 2018

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While last year was a massive year for Mardouw, with the launch of two new products, export to Europe and sought-after Gold awards from SA Olive and the ABSA Top 10 Best Olive Oils, the year 2018 has started on another high note: Woolworths is now stocking our XXV Intense Extra Virgin Olive Oil nationwide in South Africa. We’re on a roll, and it all makes us look forward with great excitement to our upcoming olive harvest, and to the next batch of extra virgin olive oils that are only months away from hitting the shelves … [continue reading]

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Never stop to aim for the top

XXV Mardouw

“We have never stopped to strive for the best,” says Mardouw owner André Verder. Mardouw’s XXV was among the 10 exceptional extra virgin olive oils in the Absa Top 10 Olive Oil competition to earn the much-coveted status of South Africa’s 2017 Absa Top 10. Mardouw’s Extra Extra Virgin Olive Oil (XXV) is a pure, natural oil made from hand-picked olives, same-day cold extraction and blending of the best cultivars at the privately owned Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam, South Africa.

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Mardouw 1st prize Marco Zichella Awards (Intense)

The 16th annual olive oil competition in memory of Marco Zichella took place recently and the winners were announced in Stellenbosch on Saturday 28 October.
This prize was instituted in 2002 by Marco Zichella’s wife Piera and his daughter Benedetta to honour his vision and his passion for olive oil.
The judges, Reni Hildenbrand, Louise Rabie, Nico Loubser, Gert Van Dyk and Benedetta Lami, were delighted with the quality of the oils, more confirmation that South Africa is produing olive oils which can compete with the best internationally.
The oils were evaluated and awarded prizes based on the perception of positive characteritics, with emphasis on attributes such as harmony (balance) and complexity. The prize-giving ceremony took place at benedetta’s home in Stellemnbosch, in an atmosphere of true Italian hospitality and friendship.
The three winners in the different categories each received a hand painted ceramic plate, with the Zichella family crest (…) Intense category: 1st prize: Mardouw Premium XXV Intense (Swellendam) (…) {Copyright: Eikestad Nuus}

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First prize Marco Zichella competition

Mardouw XXV Extra Virgin Olive Oil keeps on scooping up awards! After SA Olive Gold and ABSA Top 10, now we have been awarded first prize in the Marco Zichella competition. Well done olive oil wizard Chris Van Niekerk!

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Mardouw XXV among the 10 best extra virgin olive oils

Mardouw’s XXV is among the 10 exceptional extra virgin olive oils in the Absa Top 10 Olive Oil competition to earn the much-coveted status of SA’s 2017 Absa Top 10.

A panel of olive oil experts evaluated close to 90 South African olive oils from the 2017 harvest via a strict and controlled tasting. The Absa Top 10 olive oils were selected from the 19 SA Olive gold seal award winners deemed worthy of the highest accolade in the country.

According to SA Olive chairperson, Nick Wilkinson, South African olive oil producers produce world-class olive oils that continuously receive acclaim in competitions across the world. “The SA Olive Awards which culminate in the announcement of the prestigious Absa Top 10 give local consumers a taste of the best of the best. SA Olive provides assurance that these competitions maintain international standards and thus gives consumers the confidence that buying SAO approved olive oils is a wise choice. { Source : saolive.co.za }

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international Food Shows

Mardouw annually exhibits at the South African Pavilion, representing South African extra virgin olive oil at international Food Shows. Follow us at Facebook and Instagram to get the latest

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ExpoPharm 2017

We are launching our much anticipated Extra Virgin Olive Oil Skincare range today at ExpoPharm in Dusseldorf, Germany. Come and visit our stand at ExpoPharm from 13-16 SEP 2017 at Hall 6, Stand K 37

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Premium, gold winning olive oils

Still brimming with joy and pride after receiving two gold medals for our medium and intense extra virgin olive oils. While the international minimum standards for extra virgin olive oil require lab results of no more than 0.8% Free Fatty Acid and 20MEQ/KG Peroxide Value, our Mardouw Intense XXV’s lab results show a remarkable 0.35%FFA and 4.0MEQ/KG PV, while our Medium #EVOO resulted in 0.27% FFA and 5.8MEQ/KG PV. If you’re in #Germany between 7 and 11 OCT, come and taste our award-winning oils at the South African Pavilion for Fine Food at Anuga in Cologne on (HALL 11.1 B050G, A050G, A051G)

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Mardouw scoops up double Gold at SA Olive 2017 Awards

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Mardouw was awarded 2 gold awards at the 2017 SA Olive Awards. Mardouw’s Extra Virgin olive oil (EVOO), as well as the soon to be launched flagship superior Extra Extra Virgin olive oil (XXV), scooped up the top prize among more than 100 South African olive oil producers. SA Olive is an association representing the common interests of the South African olive industry, representing olive growers, olive oil producers, table olive producers, tree nurseries and olive importers.

“We have never stopped to strive for the best,” Mardouw owner André Verder says. “The international standards for Extra Virgin olive oil require olive oil’s fatty acid (oleic) content (FFA) to be less than 0.8% and its peroxide value (PV) less than 20 mEq/kg. Mardouw’s lab results consistently return remarkable values, with the latest results showing 0.35% FFA, and 4.0 meq/kg PV.”

Mardouw’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a pure, natural oil made from hand-picked olives, same-day cold extraction (or “cold-pressed”) and blending of the best cultivars at the privately owned Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam, South Africa.

Mardouw’s XXV flagship olive oil will be launched in Cologne, Germany at Anuga on 7 October 2017.

Find out more about Mardouw at www.mardouw.com

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SA Olive 2017 Gold

Two new products launched in Germany

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We just can’t wait to launch our 2 new products, a skin care olive oil and our premium extra EVOO (we call it the #XXV) at Expopharm (DÜSSELDORF 13 – 16 SEP 2017, HALL 6, STAND K 37) and Anuga Taste The Future (SA PAVILION FOR FINE FOOD, COLOGNE 7 -11 OCT 2017, HALL 11.1 B050G, A050G, A051G)

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Letter from Ehud Soriano, the head of the Israeli olive oil testing panel

Dear Sir/Madam

My name is Ehud Soriano, the head of the Israeli olive oil testing panel and an olive oil quality consultant, instructing and guiding olive oil producers about olive oil quality.

I want to bring to your attention something I saw in your advertissement: “Mardouw is one of the few olive oil producers on the world market, which provides guaranteed pure olive oil”.

First, there is no category in the IOC standard for “Pure” olive oil. I know you meant “excellent quality” and a guarantee of the best olive oil, but “pure” is not a professional existing term in olive oil. Second, and even more important – in some countries (USA is a good example but not the only one) “pure olive oil” means refined olive oil. Maybe you should consider using another word instead of “pure”.

I have known Mardouw Extra Virgin Olive Oil for several years. I met the producer at Anuga 2015 (I was an olive oil consultant in the “Olive Oil Market” of the fair). I tasted the oil of Mardouw in different occasions and enjoyed the tasting – you indeed have an excellent olive oil.
As fellows on the road of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I thought it was worthwhile pointing out the “pure” olive oil” dual meaning.

With great respect
Ehud Soriano
Israel

Mardouw olive oil available in Germany

More shops in Germany will be stocking Mardouw’s extra virgin olive oil real soon: Fegro/Selgros Cash & carry markets, Kaufhof, Karstadt, Handelshof, Metro, and Edeka Süd West!

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Olive Oil export Germany

Very exciting news! Thanks to Küper Import, Mardouw’s Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is now available in Germany at 48 Fegro / Selgros Cash & carry markets, and will be available from Kaufhof from October. This Premium Olive Oil from the new 2017 harvest has only 0,27 % acidity and a peroxide value of only 5,8 %. Olive Oils of Mardouw won in 2014, 2015 2016 and 2017 Silver and have been awarded with CTC quality seal. The Olives are irrigated with fresh mountain from the long mountain range and are free of color & preservatives.

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Remarkable lab results 2017

We are once again very proud to announce that the lab tests for our 2017 harvest EVOO olive oil return values of less than 0.6% free fatty oleic acid. This is a true accomplishment by our oil master Chris van Niekerk, seeing that the International Olive Council requires less than 0.8% free acidity for a virgin olive oil to be labelled extra virgin

Extra Virgin Olive Oil : definition

Which oils are best to cook with?

After testing sunflower oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, cold pressed rapeseed oil, olive oil (refined and extra virgin), butter and goose fat, BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’s Prof Grootveld thinks the ideal oil for cooking purposes is olive oil, “because it is about 76% monounsaturates, 14% saturates and only 10% polyunsaturates – monounsaturates and saturates are much more resistant to oxidation than polyunsaturates”. Read the full article here

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London International Olive Oil Competition

We are massively honoured to have been awarded Silver at the latest LondonIOOC International Olive Oil Competition. Up against olive oil producers from all over the world, including Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece, Mardouw is the ONLY South African olive oil to appear in the Quality awards!

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Medicinal olives

Researchers found that consuming a Mediterranean diet heavy in olive oil can help lower some heart risks. Consuming more than four tablespoons a day can significantly lower your risk of having a heart attack, suffering from a stroke or dying of heart disease … https://goo.gl/Qh0Idc

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The Mardouw logo

The inspiration for our logo can be found on the verandah at the Mardouw Manor House: a tree made by Joey, a wire artist from Robertson

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Infused olive oil

Do try this at home: Chilli and Italian herbs infused olive oil. Every year, we pick fresh thyme, oregano and chillies from our organic garden, dry them in the African sun for a day, and mix them with a bottle of Mardouw extra virgin olive oil. Our very own, personal kitchen stash. Beautiful!

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How we make olive oil

How we make our pure, premium extra virgin olive oil. The final step is for our olive oil maker to blend the separately stored cultivars. Based on his analysis, he will add more or less of a particular cultivar to the final blend. We don’t add any preservatives or additives to our oil. Find more here

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3 DEC : Wildebraam Berry Festival

If you’re in the #Swellendam area tomorrow (SAT 3 DEC), you’ll don’t want to miss the very popular #Wildebraam Berry Festival! Mardouw will be there with our full olive product range to taste and purchase. Pick your own berries, arts & crafts, SPCA dog walk, lots of food, beer, wine and live music, including pony rides, a water slide, tractor rides, puppet shows for the children and of course Mardouw Olive Estate’s extra virgin olive oil.

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Mardouw at SIAL Paris 16-20 OCT

South African Olive Oil Paris SIAL

Mardouw will be proudly representing South African extra virgin olive oil at the SIAL in PAris, The world’s largest food innovation exhibition [sialparis.com] Mardouw COO Elsabé and Estate Manager Chris will be at Hall 3 – Stand no. G 036.

South African Olive Oil Paris SIAL

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MadeliefieMakietie Vredendal

Mardouw will be offering tastings of all Mardouw olive products at the very popular MadeliefieMakietie festival in Vredendal from 30 SEP to 1 OCT 2016. Come sample our award-winning extra virgin olive oil, table olives, olive paste and olive chutney, and pair our olives with the delicious cheese and wine from our friends at Kasselshoop Kaas and Wolfkloof Wines. On Saturday, Mardouw estate manager Chris van Niekerk will be offering a tutored EVOO tasting at the Castle.

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Lauded by the SA Olive Industry Association

Mardouw Olive Estate Manager Chris van Niekerk was lauded at the SA Olive Industry Association’s SA Olive Awards 2016 gala dinner for Mardouw’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil as one of South Africa’s finest. Well done Chris and the Mardouw team, so proud of you!

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SA Olive Tasting Course

We’re very proud of Mardouw Sales Representative Jeanne Kannemeyer (7th from left) and Nico Witbooi (6th from right). Both completed the SA Olive Tasting Course successfully at the SA Olive Industry Association.

SA Olive Tasting Course

Pure oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil‬ is the natural fruit juice that has been extracted from olives‬ at a temperature below 30°C, and without any additions or modifications. It has zero defects on sensory tasting and meets chemical criteria to ensure that the free acidity (oleic acid) value is 0.8% or lower and the peroxides are less than 20meg/kg. Mardouw guarantees these conditions.

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New packaging design represents Mardouw’s core principles

The new look for the Mardouw Olive Product range now showcases Mardouw’s dedication to produce proudly South African olive products of superior quality, in harmony with nature. The tree – a representation of an olive tree made from metal wires and proudly displayed at the stoep at Mardouw’s Manor House in Swellendam – takes centre stage in the new design, while black, white and gold set the tone.

“A premium olive product requires a premium look,” says André Verder, Mardouw Olive Estate owner. “We have contracted Online Brand Ambassadors to come up with proposals for our new packaging design. Some of the proposals were funky and modern, others were more conservative and safe. We have chosen for a combination of both – modern and fresh while incorporating the broad design concepts we initially set out in 2014. This way we can show customers that the Mardouw product range and brand is being fine-tuned all the time, while our core principles – producing natural quality olive products – remain unchanged.”

Find out where you can buy Mardouw olive products here www.mardouw.com/outlets/ or order online here www.mardouw.com/shop/

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Cold-pressed olive oil

Cold-pressed olive oil means that the entire process, from crushing to storing, is temperature-controlled, to retain flavour, aroma and nutritional values. Read more about how we make olive oil here

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Langeberg mountain water to the rescue

South Africa is facing its worst drought in 33 years, affecting crop and livestock farmers all over the Western Cape and in the rest of South Africa. For many farmers, natural water shortage is a major problem, and with much needed rains staying away and dams at an all-time low, many of them fear the worst for the next harvest. Mardouw in Swellendam, however, is in a unique position to cope with drought spells.

“Our trees have successfully blossomed a month ago and are now settling in preparation to start growing fruit,” says Chris van Niekerk, general manager at Mardouw. “While the unusual drought does pose a number of challenges, Mardouw’s olive trees are quite privileged with the unlimited supply of ice-cold, fresh mountain water gushing down the surrounding Langeberg Mountains. We believe that this drought will hardly affect our next harvest, and look forward to a promising season.”

Impact of draught on olive trees in Swellendam, South Africa

Mardouw at Wine on the River, Robertson

We’ve had so much fun at the ‪#‎WineOnRiver‬ festival in Robertson. In true South African style, thousands of visitors spent the weekend relaxing on the lawns next to the Breede River and tasting, sampling and sharing local produce, including Mardouw Olive Estate’s delicious olive products. If you were there, thank you for joining in the fun. If you weren’t, make sure you don’t miss the festival next year … Thank you Robertson Wine Valley for a great experience!

Mardouw at the Wine on the River festival in Robertson
Mardouw at the Wine on the River festival in Robertson
Mardouw at the Wine on the River festival in Robertson
Mardouw at the Wine on the River festival in Robertson

Mardouw at Anuga, Cologne

Meet our expert oil-maker Chris van Niekerk and taste the full Mardouw range: Kalamata (black) and Nocellara (green) table olives, extra virgin olive oil, olive chutney and olive paste. Find us at Anuga here: http://goo.gl/FRkXZf

Mardouw at Anuga

Mardouw at Anuga

Mardouw donates to local old age home

Mardouw donated products to the local golf day’s raffle, which was donated to Bonnievale’s old age home “Herfsvreugde”. On the picture Schalk van Eeden (DA), Hermien Gouws (Herfsvreugde manager), Diana Gagiano (Mayor), Rodger Kortje (DA). The golf day was sponsored by the DA.

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Congratulations to our winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Facebook “Like” campaign. People who have liked facebook.com/mardouw before 15 SEP and stood a chance to win Mardouw’s full premium olive products range, including extra virgin olive oil, culinary table olives, balsamic vinegar, olive chutney and olive paste. Today, we selected a random Facebook profile out of the total page likes, and miss Mostert from Krugersdorp turned out to be the lucky one.

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Strategic planning 2015

Brainstorming business targets and marketing strategies for the road ahead at the Manor House at Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam. Watch this space!

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Like us on Facebook and win!

Like the Mardouw Facebook page before 15 SEP and win Mardouw’s full premium olive products range, including extra virgin olive oil, culinary table olives, balsamic vinegar, olive chutney and olive paste, valued at R750, delivered to your door, nationwide in South Africa (only).

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Welcome to Chris, our new General Manager

MARDOUW OLIVE ESTATE is proud to announce and welcome Chris van Niekerk as its new Olive Estate General Manager. Chris brings with him over sixteen years of experience in the olive and agricultural industry. He came to us from Morgenster Olive Estate, where he served as Manager Olive Production and Procurement for three years. He has also served as Estate Manager at Croydon Olive Estate for three years. We are pleased to have Chris on board, and look forward to a prosperous future with him.

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Harvest time 2015

Did you know that olive oil is only Extra Virgin when it meets certain chemical conditions to ensure that the free acidity (oleic acid) value is 0.8 percent or lower and the peroxides are less than 20mEq/kg? Mardouw guarantees these conditions

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