The 41st edition of the Three Golden Drops Competition, an event organized by the National Honey Observatory to reward the best honeys in Italy.
The Three Golden Drops Competition
The National Honey Observatory organizes every year the Three Golden Drops Competition – Grandi Mieli d’Italia with the aim of identifying the best honeys of national production. The competition took place during beekeeping events organized in Castel San Pietro Terme, not far from Bologna. During this event, professionals and interested parties were able to participate in insights, debates and seminars on issues related to the beekeeping sector.
During these days the update of the guide Tre Gocce d’Oro, created by the Observatory, with all the addresses of the beekeepers who have produced the best 2021 honeys. Over the years, the digital guide has also been added to the printed guide and a free application, called Tre Gocce d’Oro, which helps to know which ones are the best honeys in Italy of each vintage but also the best producers awarded in the competition.
Unfortunately, 2021 was characterized by a decrease in honey production due first to the spring frosts that “burned” the blooms and then to the summer drought. Despite these difficulties, however, many samples arrived: 1,067 they had coming from over 400 beekeepers located in all Italian regions. The regions that delivered the largest number of samples were: Sardinia (156 samples), Lombardy (142 samples), Puglia (111 samples), Abruzzo (101 samples) and Piedmont (91 samples). The delivered samples concern different types of honey: 54 single-flower honeys and 2 types of wildflower (wildflower and wildflower from the high mountains of the Alps).
The winners of the Tre Gocce d’Oro Competition
A jury composed of 84 expert tasters registered in the national register has selected the winning honeys. Identification Three Golden Drops (awarded to those honeys that exceed the score of 85.6) was awarded to 18 honeys, the prize Two Golden Drops (awarded to those honeys that reach a score of up to 85.6 points) was awarded to 145 honeys and the prize A Drop of Gold (awarded to those honeys that reach a score of up to 81.4 points) was awarded to 210 honeys.
Here are the Honeys awarded with Three Golden Drops 2021:
Beekeeping The Gift Of Bees by Amalia Spain, Cremona. A honey collected in the floodplain of the Adda river in the South Adda Park in the municipality of Crotta d’Adda.
Solemiele beekeeping by Manuel Giuseppe Manelli, Pandino (Cremona). Ripalta Cremasca production area.
Beekeeping Mauro Lai, Ballao (South Sardinia). Collected in Is Caddaxioulus in the municipality of Ballao (SU) at an altitude of 100-200 meters.
Beekeeping The Gift Of Bees by Amalia Spain, Cremona. Mountain production area in Vallecamonica in the municipality of Sellero at an altitude of 800 meters.
Iannelli Assunta Farm of Vincenzo Pavone, Foggia. From with spontaneous flora and arable crops to Contrada Regent in the municipality of Lucera at an altitude of 200 meters above sea level
Santus Giacomo, Narcao (Southern Sardinia). Hilly area of the Sulcis in Camboni in the municipality of Perdaxius at an altitude of 200 meters.
Su Puleu by Mariangela Cuccui, Mandas (South Sardinia). Hill production area near Santa Barbara in the municipality of Mandas (SU) at 475 above sea level.
Apiculture Pancaldi by Lara Pancaldi, Budrio (Bologna). Production area of Marche sunflower hills in the municipality of Jesi (AN) at 250 meters.
Maccioni Piero Farm, Larciano (Pistoia). Production area Padule di Fucecchio near the Gulf in the municipality of Ponte Buggianese.
Codone Sofia beekeeping, Alife (Caserta). Production of hills in San Michele in the municipality of Alife (CE), 180 meters above sea level.
The Essence of the Iblei by Alfredo Uccello, Canicattini Bagni (Syracuse). Production area Areas rich in Mediterranean scrub and garrigues of capitate thyme and triloba sage in Contrada San Mercurio in the municipality of Noto (SR) at an altitude of 450 meters.
The Little Hive by Claudio Mioranza, Santa Giustina (Belluno). Production area Dolomite valley characterized by alpine pastures, alpine clearings with blooming rhododendron, raspberry and the presence of fir trees in the municipality of Comelico Superiore (BL) at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level
Bee Slow Beekeeping by Emiliano Barbato, San Germano Chisone (Turin). From high mountain meadows rich in pastures and biodiversity to Rocca Bianca in the municipality of Prali (TO) at an altitude of 1900 meters.
Sangro Salento by Cinzia Montinari by Luigi D’Amario, Atessa (Chieti). Honey collected on a wide expanse of wild rosemary that extends from the sea to the slopes of Monte Sant’Angelo in the municipality of Mattinata (FG) at an altitude of 75 meters.
Beekeeping of Miceli by Paolo Di Miceli, Termini Imerese (Palermo). Production area of olive groves and arable land in the Vicari plain (PA) at an altitude of 300 meters.
Beekeeping Zipoli of Ancilla Balarini, Romanengo (Cremona). Production area in the plain in the municipality of Cremona.
Beeflower by Federico Fiorentini, Formigine (Modena). Plain area, with a small wooded belt in Ponte Fossa in the municipality of Formigine at 82 meters above sea level.
Lucia Lamonarca Farm, Ruvo di Puglia (Bari). Alta Murgia production area in the municipality of Minervino Murge (BT) at an altitude of 429 meters.