“GOLDEN SHOLTANKA” Association what is it? EN
A group of 12 olive growers from the island of Solta joined the Golden Soltanka Association 6 years ago. Today, the Association has 20 members, and after the olive oil is declared one of the best in the world, olive growers appear daily wishing to join us
What are the goals of the association?
The Šolta olive growers are small family farms which individually do not have sufficient quantities of olive oil or financial resources for a more serious market appearance. We have it together. The Association is working to move as many olive growers in Šolta as possible into organic production and production of olive oil of the highest possible quality. The association will directly and indirectly participate in the marketing of only super premium olive oils. It was at Olive Oil times that we learned about the efforts of a group of experts and olive growers who founded the International Association 3 E (the 3 E’s are Ethics, Excellence and Economics) and are working to promote the Super-premium category. Super premium olive oil is one class above extra virgin olive oil. For more on this link: https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-business/beyond-extra-virgin-olive-oil-conference-verona/4489 Like the members of Association 3 E, we consider the category “extra virgin” “Compressed and recklessly abused. Olives on Šolta grow on rocky fields with little fertile land, the use of mechanization is impossible, everything is done with small hand tools. This is the only way each of our trees is a “personality”, the olive grower talks to him and knows exactly when he needs help and what he lacks. It is the same with the harvest: Each fruit passes through the hand several times; when removing from a tree, when collecting into baskets, when cleaning dry leaves and twigs. Damaged or rotten fruits are removed immediately, leaving only healthy, juicy fruits. The oil obtained from such fruits bears no resemblance to oils sold in retail chains and cannot be sold under the same name. Few consumers unfortunately know the difference and spend cheap oil from the super market.
That is why we will connect with other regions in Croatia, and then with other Associations and manufacturers in the world and together we will strive to introduce the category above extra virgin – Super premium class.
Where did the “audacity” of the schoolboys compete in the biggest tournament in the world?
This is our first appearance in a competition outside Croatia. The New York Competition is a story that started much earlier. It should be noted that the olive growers from Solta have always claimed that their oil is the best in the world.
A young student, Mia Jurjevic, with roots on her mother’s side at Solta, studied chemistry in New York, and was a tenant with Ms. Denise Caracappa, a Master’s Degree in Food Marketing specialist. On one occasion, Mia gave Mrs. Denise a bottle of olive oil. Denise was so delighted with this discovery that she did not stop repeating that it was the best oil she had ever tasted: “I want to offer this oil to the Americans.” Since the first olive oil competition in NY, she has regularly urged us to send scholtan oil to the NY competition. This year, after the entry of Šoltan olive oil into the EU register of products protected by the original designation, this step seemed logical to us. Mrs. Denise was right, too: it turned out that the area of the small island of Solta had enormous potential for producing the best olive oils in the world. In the US, Macedonia, the United Kingdom, Austria and Germany, Soltan olive oil is a highly sought after commodity.
Why do we act as a producer group?
The common Šoltan olive oil of the Šoltanka variety has regularly received the highest awards at domestic events. And as we are looking for a market together to market larger quantities of olive oil in the future, we also wanted to show the world what a product is about in NY.
Is “GOLD AWARD” in New York a surprise?
Although tired of the busy day, we felt we had to watch over the stream announcing the winners of a competition in NY. I thought I was dreaming, it was already midnight when I heard, “GOLD AWARD ASSOCIATION: GOLD AWARD!” I shouted with joy, I knew, this could be something very significant for our island. Ten minutes later, an email from Germany: one specialty retailer from all over the world offers us cooperation. The next day, ordering 12 bottles for the Utah family, after that, guests arrive by phone or e-mail this summer to visit Solta and reserve their oil because they are (rightly) afraid that they will have nothing left.
What is the meaning of the association “GOLDEN SOLTANKA” to olive growers in Šolta?
An award in NY has shown that olive oils, which are among the best in the world, can be produced in Solta. This will encourage competition among the olive growers in Šolta to produce even better oils. High quality olive oil can only be produced if each stage of olive cultivation and oil production is done professionally.