The Complete List of Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oils and How to Buy

We were shocked to find out that the olive oils that we thought were real authentic extra virgin olive oils were not!  Read about The Olive Oil Fraud.

To be safe we have a list of brands we know to be real extra virgin olive oils and links if you wish to purchase online.  For many of us having it delivered to your door is the only easy sure way to do so.

Updated: March 31, 2020

This post is updated on a regular basis and reflects the current information available. Due to a disease that many olive trees have been getting, olive trees are dying. If you want olive oil then you need to buy some before there is none. This is very sad.

On March 31, I added 3 more EVOO’s.
On February 8, 2020, I added 5 more EVOOs. In April and October 2019 I added 2 on each month that are still available now. – Diana

Authentic Virgin Olive Oils

Which Are the Real Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oils?

These brands below have met the extra-virgin standards; this list of olive oil brands is from the research above and are authentic.

Bariani Olive Oil is Stone Crushed, Cold-Pressed, Decanted, and Unfiltered. They are committed to producing real oil which is raw. Weston Price recommends this brand.

Kirkland Organic –  Amazon says: “Certified organic by the USDA. Made from the first cold pressing.” Comments on Amazon: of the 478 people who gave stars, 73% gave 5 stars. I have to say it is very delicious, tasting like real olives; I’m just finishing up the bottle I bought.

Corto EVOO  – “We call it TRULY 100% extra-virgin olive oil because this full-bodied olive oil is the real deal. 70% of extra virgin olive oils on the market have gone rancid, which is why we’ve gone to extra lengths to protect ours. What makes us different is that we don’t wait until winter when the olives are over-ripe, like other brands do. Instead, we harvest in the Fall, when the olives are at the peak of freshness: green, with just a hint of violet.”

Cobram Estate  – Australia’s most awarded brand

California Olive Ranch – Award-winning brand. It is in a tinted glass bottle that protects oil and is 100% grown and made in California.

McEvoy Ranch Organic Estate-grown and produced from select Italian olive varieties, this certified organic extra-virgin oil features a grass-green color with the aroma of newly cut grass and a hint of green apple. A dark green bottle protects this delicious oil from heat and light and includes a built-in spout for easy, mess-free pouring.

Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil – This olive oil is grown on a single family farm in Greece and is a great tasting olive oil. Harvested and cold-pressed on the same day to maintain all the quality, healthy natural antioxidants, and flavors of our olive oil.

OttavioEVOO From Italy. It is produced from olives that offer a vibrant bouquet and an extremely high-quality fresh Oil flavour, with pleasing notes of spiciness but is packaged in a plastic bottle.

Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil – authentic 100% Californian oil. Currently unavailable

Two highest-scoring olive oils (both from California) from their testing were:

Trader Joe’s California Estate – has been discontinued

Other oils not available:

Omaggio – Currently unavailable.

Whole Foods California 365 – 100% Californian, Unfiltered, Cold Processed, Certified Extra Virgin – Currently unavailable.

Consumer Reports (September 2012 issue), published results of a taste test of 138 bottles of extra virgin olive oil from 23 manufacturers. The olive oil was sourced from the US, Argentina, Greece, Chile, and Italy. They found that olive oil produced in California exceeded those from Italy.

Here are 4 more very good varieties that are authentic extra virgin olive oils:

  • Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  – It is made from organic olives and produced using organic farming standards. This oil was on our list of not being approved but we have now learned that was incorrect. Here is a statement from the company: “Our olive oil exceeds the rigorous and exacting standards of the International Olive Council (IOC) and European Union (EU). As proof, in 2017 alone, we achieved global recognition for the quality of our products, winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze awards at multiple prestigious international olive oil competitions.”
  • Cobram Estate won the Best Olive Oil 2016 contest.
  • Chacewater California Extra Virgin Olive Oil was also a winner of the Best Olive Oil 2105 contest.
  • Ellora Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the best olive oils. It is 100% Pure Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil of which the origin and authenticity is certified by the EU standards.

Here is another authentic olive oil I recently discovered that is certified:
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold-pressed oil, unfiltered oil grown and packaged in Partanna, Sicily.  The Asaro family has been producing it since 1916.  This EVOO has been the winner of Gold Medals at the L.A. County Fair.

3 More Good Brands I Found in March 2020

Lodi Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Premium California Olive Oil, Certified Cold Pressed Pure Olive Oil
“Our Frantoio Extra Olive Oil carries the fruity flavor of Frantoio Olives with subtle grassy notes & a late hint of green apple; Made from handpicked local Frantoio olives.” ~ Lodi Frantoio

Casina Rosssa Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) With Sicilian Lemon. A family produced olive oil from the paradisiacal village of Roccascalenga in Abruzzo.
“I bought this the first time at an Italian specialty store in Maryland. I was delighted to find it on Amazon. It is flavorful and I use it in lots of recipes that call for lemon zest or juice.” ~ Amazon Buyer

Papa Vince Olive Oil Extra Virgin, First Cold Pressed Family Harvest in Sicily, Italy. 100% Non-Blended Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Taste Like Olives w/ hints of Tomato, Artichoke & Pepper. Raw, Unrefined & Unfiltered – to preserve nutrients and flavors that make it delicious & healthy
“This is the Best Olive Oil EVER tasted in this Blessed Life. Tried on salad mixed with Miabella Balsamic Vinegar. Mixed my own recipe for dipping.” ~ Amazon Buyer

5 Good Brands I Found in February 2020

Anatomico Organic Coratina EVOO It is made in Puglia Italy. This oil is organic and extra virgin, offering enhanced taste and greater benefits. Cold extracted, unfiltered, and obtained directly from Italian olives, this olive oil features the fruity, juicy taste of green olives with subtle hints of fresh-cut grass and bitter almonds.

Tuscan Gold Eleganza is an Italian cultivar blend. Gold medal winner at the 2019 New York International EVOO Competition and Los Angeles International  Competition. One of the world’s most authentic olive oils!  “Our olives are hand-harvested, first cold press, and unfiltered. We produce quality EVOO with high to very very high total polyphenols.”

Knolive Epicure was Ranked Nº1 Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world 2018 by EVOO World Ranking. 100% PURE AND NATURAL

Selección Familiar is an annual limited edition extra virgin olive oil from a selection of our best centuries-old Picual olive trees. Gold medal winner at the 2019 at International Olive Oil Competition.

Oro Bailen Family Reserve is an Award Winning Cold Pressed EVOO, 2013-2014 Harvest. It is prepared using olives produced in the olive groves belonging to the Gálvez-González family, located in the foothills of Sierra Morena, the northern mountain range in the province of Jaén.

Here are two I just found in April 2019:

TERRA Delyssa – Certified Organic EVOO, 100% Tunisian Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Meets and exceeds USDA and International “IOC” standards for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Brought to you by the same farmers and millers that controlled the quality of Terra Delyssa from tree to bottle.

Venta del Baron Award Winning Cold Pressed EVOO – For four years running, Venta Del Baron took 1st place in the ranking of the World’s Best Olive Oils as awarded by World’s Best Olive Oils competition winner 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016!

Olive oil is my favourite for making salad dressings and I always use one of the authentic extra virgin olive oils.

Here are 5 delicious salad dressing recipes:

 Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing

 Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Salad Dressing

 Raspberry Lemon Salad Dressing

 Balsamic Salad Dressing

 Lemon-Mint Salad Dressing

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27 thoughts on “The Complete List of Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oils and How to Buy”

  1. What an excellent survey–thank you. I highly recommend the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller, a fascinating, even thrilling look at the olive oil industry by a man who is crazy about olives. Mr. Mueller says most of the olive oil sold in North America is of the quality Italians call “lampante” — fit only for burning in lamps.

  2. Thank you so much for this! Could you please clarify about the Kirkland extra virgin olive oil? I heard the large bottles are questionable regarding quality. (And I believe they’re in plastic bottles). Can you please address these issues? Thank you!

  3. Good commentary but please comment on the larger sizes of olive oil from Costco’so Kirkland brand sold in plastic.

  4. The McEvoy Ranch olive oils are delicious as well and can also be bought online:

  5. We are very glad to see that Ellora Farms EVOO was mentioned in the best oils category. This is truly a brand and product of love and dedication over the years. World’s first 100% traceable olive oil for consumers, Ethically produced and bottled at source, European Union PDO Certified, 100% Single Origin and Single Estate, Koroneiki Variety Olives, Fresh harvest and cold extraction with mechanical means, Non GMO, very low Acidity….it really cannot get any better. The product has over 100+ five star reviews on Amazon from verified buyers.

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  6. I live in Penticton bc Canada and have not found any of the good olive oils you mentioned. I boght acropolis 500 ml for $22.oo I am sure its real as it has all the numbers and letters you talked about. it is good but expensive.

  7. I made the mistake of perchasing the Bertolli brand at Super Store here in Canada. After some research online, I discovered that this brand is actually on of the fake ones! Deregulation, thanks to our governments is putting the health of Canadians and Americans at risk! Thanks Real Food For Life!

  8. Actually, 99% if not 100% of the “extra virgin” olive oil in the market is FAKE ! You name it, its all fake including the biggest and most popular brands, which is even more dangerous.
    An authentic bottle of cold pressed “extra virgin” olive oil will cost around 30 – 38 EURO to produce. You should find that same bottle in the store at 70-90 EURO, and the chance of buying a real bottle of olive oil is high. Unless, they try to sell a fake bottle of olive oil using soybean oil for 90 EURO.. which they would gladly do for the money ! I mean who wouldn’t ??

    So, sorry to say but, there is absolutely no chance of buying a bottle of real “extra virgin” oil, unless you press them yourselves !

  9. I farm my own small orchard and just produced my first harvest. The chemical test came back as extra-virgin. Next year I plan on completing COOC certification for added quality assurance

  10. Olive oil lovers, take heart: there is A LOT of excellent olive oil in the market. The key question is how to get your hands on them. For instance, see the winners of the 2017 New York International Competition;
    Note that there’s a sizable number of the very best produced in the US. We have over 500 producers in California, and more in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Oregon and even Arizona.
    Check out the certified Extra Virgin olive oils by the California Olive Oil Council (, many of them winners in NY.
    Keep in mind that ALL olive oils degrade over time. Check the Harvest Date and/or the Best Before Date on the label. Use fresh oil, of less than 18 months. Store it away from light and heat. Use it promptly (hint: don’t buy a 1 gallon container if you use small amounts). Once you develop a taste for the really good EVOOs, there’s no turning back… Enjoy!

  11. I bought Kirkland organic based on this list. After 3 days in the fridge it was still predominately a liquid. Hi sent this an indicator it is NOT only olive oil??

  12. I bought Kirkland organic based on this list. After 3 days in the fridge it was still predominately a liquid. Isn’ this an indicator it is NOT only olive oil??

  13. If your buying your olive oil from a discount store then I cam promise you it’s most likely fake. Real Olive oil should be in a dark glass bottle and carry the authentic olive oil seal on the lable. Also real olive oil will not solidify when put in the fredg overnight.

  14. After years of buying the California Olive Ranch olive oil I’ve found the old standby replaced in many stores with California Olive Ranch – branded "Destination Series" oils (which, according to the label, consists of a blend of oils from California, Argentina, Chile & Portugal. Can I trust this product as much as I could the California Olive Ranch oils promised to come from California?

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