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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}

    Marco Zichella

  • 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!

    Marco Zichella

  • Will you sell or distribute our olive oils in South Africa?

    We are looking for distributors and resellers for our culinary and skincare olive oil ranges throughout South Africa. Interested? Know someone who may be? Please contact us at

    Reseller olive oil South Africa

  • 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 : }

    ABSA Top 10 Olive Oil

  • Visit us at the South African pavilion at ANUGA in Cologne, 7-11 OCT

    Visit the Mardouw stand at Anuga in Cologne to taste our Gold winning olive oils and get up, close and personal with olive oil wizard Chris van Niekerk and estate owner André Verder. You will find us at the The South African Pavilion Hall 11.1 Stand No. 20


  • 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

    ExpoPharm 2017

  • 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)

    Gold South Africa Olive Oil

  • Mardouw scoops up double Gold at SA Olive 2017 Awards


    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


    SA Olive 2017 Gold

  • Two new products launched in Germany

    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)

    Olive products Germany launch

  • 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