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Regional & Varietal differences in Extra Virgin Olive Oil - SA

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The University of Adelaide

Level 4, WIC Central Bldg

Paratoo Road

Urrbrae, SA 5064

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This course was originally scheduled for 8/4 and has now been moved to 29th April.


Dr Richard Gawel embarks on a new Olive Industry Project called "PROJECT 0743 - Provenance Together" which is currently underway and will offer practical sensory tasting knowledge.

The aim of the Regional & Varietal differences in Extra Virgin Olive Oil Course is:

To train olive growers interested in provenance to recognise and evaluate regional and varietal differences in extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil made from the Frantoio variety grown in the Fleurieu region of South Australia and South East Queensland will be the focus, but these will be benchmarked against quality international examples of both Frantoio and other varietals. New, quick and simple ways that can be used by small industry groups to profile the regional taste of their olive oils will be shown by practical example.


About Dr Richard Gawel, International Sensory Expert and Senior Researcher.

Richard Gawel is a long-term appointee as head judge of over 70 national and international extra virgin olive oil competitions including the Australian National, and the Los Angeles and Tokyo Internationals. Richard trained and headed Australia’s first International Olive Council accredited panel. He was the inaugural lecturer in sensory science at the University of Adelaide and later lectured in food and wine matching at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. He developed the current nationally recognised TAFE certificate level unit in olive oil assessment. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed papers on the communication value of terms used in the sensory assessment, on the consistency of expert tasters in judging situations, and on the bitterness and pungency in olive oils. Currently, he is a full-time research scientist working on taste active polyphenols.

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