Olive Oil Sommelier Course

XV Edition - - Professional course

Olive Oil Sommelier – Professional course
An educational and training experience with no equals.
Pienza (SI) – Tuscany, Italy

4TH  – 8th NOVEMBER 2019





Olive Oil Sommelier – Professional course

An educational and training experience with no equals.
Pienza (SI) – Tuscany, Italy

4TH  – 8th NOVEMBER 2019

Olive Oil Sommelier course by Olive Oil Academy is now at the 15° edition and it is still the most copied course in olive oil field.

This is an intensive and professional course, conducted in Pienza, in the heart of Tuscany during harvest period by highly qualified teachers recognize by International Olive Council and in accordance with international rules.

Didactical lessons, comparative tests of sensorial analysis, guided tasting sessions of more than 60 olive oils coming from different countries, cooking demonstrations, visits to olive oil mills fully functioning, marketing lectures and techniques of commercial valorization of the oil: these are all the ingredients of this course.

Aspirant olive oil sommeliers arrive every year from USA, Canada, Brazil, Turkey, Singapore, Australia, China, New Zealand, Scandinavia, France Argentina, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Taiwan, Japan, Croatia, Dubai, Emirates, The Netherlands, Greece.

At course completion, participants will have acquired skills and competencies in olive oil sensory assessment and they will be able to recognize and communicate the innovative use of olive oil in the kitchen and on the table through the harmonization of olive oil and food pairing.

From 2012, Olive Oil Academy offers to the participants at Olive Oil Sommelier course the chance to attend at the panel tests of Olive Oil Competition ARMONIA, flanked by the most skilled olive oil tasters of the world.

In this way, participants will enhance with no additional fees the capabilities acquired during the course, obtaining to remain in the International Register of “Olive Oil Experts” in which they are registered at the course completion as “Olive Oil Sommelier”.

An innovative training system to update competences and skills and to scout new real and certified Olive Oil Experts coming from worldwide.


Nicola Simone
PhD, biologist

18 yrs experience in R&D on olive growing, olive oil quality improvement and vegetable oils’ chemistry. Member of italian and international official panels. Peer reviewer of many scientific journals”.
Official member of ISHS (International Society of Horticultural Sciences) and honor member of AUSHS (Australian society of Horticultural Sciences).

Mauro Martelossi
Academic Member of National Academy of Olive and Oil

He has extensive experience in food law and criminal law, with particular reference in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting food

Wenceslao Moreda
Researcher in the Food Quality and Characterization Department at Instituto de la Grasa of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)

He is been actively involved in formative activities with IOC in several countries in Chemistry and Sensory Assessment of Olive Oil.
He is an active member of various expert committees, including the Expert Chemistry Committee, the Sensory Expert Committee and the Contaminant Expert Committee of the International Olive Council (IOC).
He has been the head of panel of the Sensory Panel of the Instituto de la Grasa for 15 years, Panel recognized by the IOC, accredited by ENAC (ISO 17025)

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Segreteria Organizzativa ISTITUTO IRVEA/FederQuality

Ph. +39 0521 184 1531 – fax. +39 0521 148 0029 – mob. +39 346 541 9847 – +39 347 49 13 924

E-mail: info@federquality.org – Website: www.irvea.org

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