Awards

River Estate has been producing top quality olive oil since 1999. The oils were not previously entered in any competitions as the customers reputably advised them that River Estate were some of the best oils they had tasted. Most of the years stock also sold out within the year it was produced, so there was no urgency to showcase to the rest of New Zealand.

 

In 2006 River Estate entered the Royal New Zealand Show for the New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition to bench mark their olive oils against other New Zealand olive oils. A Bronze medal was awarded for the River Estate Chemlali olive oil.

 

Buoyed by this success River Estate now regularly submits a selection for the New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition. Our customers have come to expect the Awards now.

 

In 2008 two oils were selected for the OlivesNZ Awards, which is run by OlivesNZ. This competition is very competitive amongst the recognised olive growers in New Zealand. Success was achieved with Silver Medals to our Tuscan blend and Chemlali.

  River Estate Awards   
2021
Oliveti Olive Oil Competition
  •  Frantoio - Gold medal and Best in  Class
  • Tuscan Blend - Gold medal

  • Picual  - Silver medal

  • Only 3 oils entered

                                              
2020
   Oliveti Olive Oil Competition
  •  Frantoio - Gold medal and Best in  Class

  • Koroneiki - Silver medal

  • Tuscan Blend (strong) - Silver medal

  • Picual - Silver medal

  • Chemlali - Silver medal

  • Leccino - Silver medal

   Oliveti Olive Oil Competition
  •  Frantoio - Gold medal and Best in  Class

  • Koroneiki - Silver medal

  • Tuscan Blend (strong) - Silver medal

  • Picual - Silver medal

  • Chemlali - Silver medal

  • Leccino - Silver medal

 2019

  Oliveti Olive Oil Competition                            Royal Easter Show Olive oil Competition

  • ​Frantoio - Gold medal and Best in Class                                      Frantoio - Silver medal                  

  • Tuscan Blend - Gold meda                                                             Tuscan Blend - Bronze medal                  

  • Koroneiki - Silver medal                                                                     Picual - Bronze medal

  • Leccino - Bronze medal                                                                      Koroneiki - Bronze medal

  • Chemlali - Bronze medal

2018

Oliveti Olive Oil competition

  • Koroneiki - Gold medal. Best in Class. Best in Show

  • Frantoio - Silver medal

  • Picual - Silver medal

2017
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
we only entered 3 oils this year
  • Chemlali - Bronze medal
  • Tuscan Blend - Silver medal
 
2015
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
  • Koroneiki - Gold medal

  • Frantoio  - Silver medal. 

  • Leccino  - Silver medal. 

  • Tuscan blend - Bronze medal.   

 

Royal Easter Show

  • Tuscan Blend - Bronze medal.

  • Leccino - Bronzer medal. 

2016
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
  • Frantoio - Silver medal
  • Chemlali - Silver medal
  • Picual - Silver medal
  • Koroneiki - Bronze medal
 
2014
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
  • Chemlali - Silver medal. 

  • Tuscan Blend - Gold medal. 

  • Frantoio - Silver medal. 

  • Picual - Silver medal. 

  • Frantoio - Silver medal.  

  • Koroneiki - Silver medal.

 

Olives New Zealand

  • Tuscan Blend - Silver medal.

  • Frantoio - Silver medal. 

2013
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
  • Chemlali - Gold medal. 

  • Tuscan Blend - Gold medal. 

  • Frantoio - Silver medal. 

  • Picual - Silver medal. 

 

Royal Easter Show

  • Frantoio - Bronze medal. 

  • Picual - Bronze medal. 

  • Koroneiki - Bronze medal. 

2012
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
  • Leccino - Silver medal.

  • Tuscan Blend - Silver medal. 

  • Frantoio - Silver medal. 

  • Koroneiki - Silver medal. 

  • Picual - Bronze medal. 

 

Royal Easter Show

  • Frantoio - Bronze medal. 

  • Picual - Bronze medal.  

Cuisine Artisan Awards 2012, River Estate table olives runner up to Supreme Award

 

2011
Oliveti Gourmet oil competition
  • Tuscan blend - Gold medal and Best in Class. (delicate class) 

  • Chemlali - Bronze medal. 

  • Frantoio Blend - Bronze medal. 
     

OlivesNZ Awards

  • Leccino - Silver medal. 

  • Frantoio - Bronze medal.

 

Royal Easter Show

  • Koroneiki - Bronze medal. 

  • Frantoio - Bronze medal. 

2010
NZ Gourmet oil competition
  • Tuscan blend - Gold medal and Best in Class. (delicate class) 

  • Picual - Gold medal.

 

OlivesNZ Awards

  • Frantoio -  Gold medal and Best in Class

  • Koroneiki - Gold medal.

  • Chemlali - Silver medal. 

  • Pendolino - Silver medal.

 

 

2009
NZ Gourmet oil competition
  • Leccino - Silver medal.

OlivesNZ Awards

  • Frantoio - Gold medal and Best in Class

  • Tuscan Blend - Silver medal. 

 

 

2008

 

Olives NZ Awards

  • Tuscan Blend - Silver medal. 

  • Chemlali - Silver medal. 

NZ Gourmet oil competition
  • Koroneiki - Bronze medal.

  • Picual - Bronze medal.

 

 

 

2007
NZ Gourmet oil competition
  • Frantoio - Silver medal.

  • Picual - Bronze medal.​

 

2006
NZ Gourmet oil competition
  • Chemlali- Bronze medal.