Awards for First Drop

Olive Japan 2013

Olive Japan award

Our parmesan-infused extra virgin olive oil has been awrded Silver Medal by The Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan.


The 1st Southern Hemisphere ARMONIA Championship 2012

Armonia award
Armonia award
Armonia award

The inaugural Southern Hemisphere ARMONIA (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) Championship concluded in December 2012 with the presentation ceremony at the SYDNEY SEAFOOD SCHOOL. The competition was organised by ALMA, Extravirgin Olive Oil Agency and Olive Oil Academy,

To present the Awards to the olive oil producers, 'young chefs' and 'cooking enthusiasts' were renowned Sydney chefs and journalists including Peter Gilmore, Giovanni Pilu, Ross Lusted and Joanna Savill, co-editor of The Sydney Morning Herald GOOD FOOD GUIDE.

Competing entries were from South Africa, Australia & New Zealand; First Drop being the only New Zealand Competitor to win an award.

Our picture shows Peter Webster receiving the Armonia Damon Conlon Award on behalf of First Drop for the single variety J5 (Te Rima). First Drop was also awarded a Grand Mention Diploma under the class of "delicate fruity".


2010 Los Angeles International Competition


Olives New Zealand 2009 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

First Drop were awarded three silver medals - one for each of our oils - the Koroneiki and Te Rima J5 single cultivars and The Three Tuscans blend.

Hihi Olive Estate also picked up three silver medals.


Success at the 2008 Los Angeles International Competition

LAX International Competition

One of our partners, Hihi Olive Estate, picked up a gold medal and was judged 'best in class' in the New Zealand mono-cultivar class at the 2008 Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition held in May.

The estate's olive oil was one of three oils to reach the gold standard in the class which attracted five entries from three New Zealand olive oil producers. The win follows a silver medal in the 2007 competition.

First Drop won a bronze medal in the New Zealand blends class of the competition for The Three Tuscans.


Olives New Zealand 2008 Pieralisi Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

First Drop were awarded three silver medals - for each of the three non-infused oils that we produce - the Koroneiki and Te Rima J5 single cultivars and The Three Tuscans blend.

Hihi Olive Estate also picked up two silver medals in the
competition - for their Koroneiki and Te Rima J5 single cultivars.