Producers Behind Ronkaldo Celebrate First Win for Slovenia at 2023 NYIOOC

Despite drought and extreme temperatures in July and August, Adamič said the 2022/23 crop year was still successful in terms of production quantity and quality.

“Abundant rain during September helped the olive trees to recover,” Adamič said. “There were no diseases or pests, so we harvested beautiful, flawless olive fruits.”

Adamič attributed his success at the NYIOOC to an early harvest and immediate milling of the olives after they were picked.

“We picked our Istrian bjelica olives in mid-October and processed them the same day at the Santomas oil mill from Šmarje near Koper,” he said. “We stored the oil properly, transferred it into appropriate glass bottles on time, and that’s our secret.”

Before submitting their extra virgin olive oil to the NYIOOC, Adamič had earned awards in Slovenia and Europe. However, he said winning in New York feels different.

“And since the Ronkaldo estate is also visited by buyers from the United States, the award from New York will be an additional asset for the successful sale of our products,” Adamič said.

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