Flos Olei Names Istria the World’s Best Olive Oil Region, Again!

Daniela Rogulj


October 15, 2019 – Flos Olei, the world’s most influential and extensive guide to the world of olive oil, has declared Istria the world’s best olive oil region, again! 

Namely, the northern Croatia region of Istria has once again been recognized for its olive oil, further establishing Croatia and this region as a relevant destination for international gastronomy. 

HRTurizam writes that the popular Flos Olei 2020 publication, considered the bible of olive oil, lists as many as 79 oils from Croatia among the top 500 olive oils in the world. Of the total, 77 olive growers are from Istria, with one each from Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. 

For five years in a row, Istria has boasted the most olive oils in the Flos Olei publication.


Out of the maximum 100 points, three olive oils from Istria (Ipša, Mate and Olea B. B.) scored an impressive 98 points.

This is once again an immeasurable success for Istria, where the tradition of olive growing has lasted more than two millennia. 

Plava Kamenica writes that Istrian oils are the base of the triangle that must form Croatia’s international gastronomic identity. The other two elements of that identity are, as they say, white truffles and Kvarner shrimp. Based on this triangle, which has an unconditional international gastronomic value, other elements of Croatia’s gastronomic identity can be affirmed: from tuna and other fish to cheeses, black Slavonian pigs and more.

Plava Kamenica continues that the truly sensational success of Istrian olive oils is as essential for the international affirmation of Croatian gastronomy as Michelin stars.

Now, this fantastic result should be promoted by all possible channels – not just in gastronomy and tourism. They add that it is high time for Istrian oils to become part of Croatia’s diplomatic legitimacy; whoever officially represents Croatia in the world should also serve it with Istrian oils.

You can see the Flos Olei 2020 guide of the 500 best olive oils in the world here

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