26 March 2019, Seville, Spain
Hotel Becquer, 4 Reyes Catolicos, Seville, Spain

In 2001 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes started as an idea, almost 20 years later International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes has close to 100 Associate Savantes and Savantes worldwide. Savantes come from many pursuits in the olive oil and related industries and have all demonstrated skill and knowledge by passing the Savantes Review.

There over a thousand professionals who have participated in Savantes events and over 200 producers who have supplied extra virgin olive oils for tasting.

This highly talented and professional group from many countries provides a unique opportunity to create an environment where free thinking about the present and future of the olive oil industry is encouraged.

This is the purpose of the Savantes Renaissance Conference.It will also provide a unique opportunity for enhancing networks and making new friends across many regions and professional pursuits.

Savantes Review
The Conference will start with the Savantes Review Skills Test to refresh tasting ability and provide an opportunity to achieve Savante status.

Forum on the Future of Savantes

Following the Savantes Renaissance Conference a forum on the future of Savantes will be held for attending Savantes and Associate Savantes. This forum will advise the principals of Savantes of the aspirations and expectations of Savantes participants and opportunities for development of the movement.

Conference Programme

26 March 2019

8.45 - 9.00 Briefing for Savantes Review
9.00 - 10.30  Savantes Review Skills Test
10.30 - 11.00 Results of the Review
11.00 - 11.15 Introduction to the day
11.15 - 11.30 Background Briefing - Current Global Trends in Production and Consumption
11.30 - 11.45 Quality: Not Just a Standard but a Mindset – Tala Saket, Associate Savante, Jordan
11.45 - 12.00 Questions and discussion
12.00 - 12.15 Break
12.15 - 12.30  The Bag in Box: Best Packaging for Olive Oil? - Sophie Delpuech, Savante, France
12.30 - 12.45 Mindset Evolution: Looking for Positive Flavours before Negatives - Simon Field, Australia
12.45 - 1.00  Questions and discussion
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch
2.00 - 2.15 E-tail and Marketplace trends in the Olive Oil/Food Business – Dagmar Janousek, Associate Savante, Netherlands 
2.15 - 2.30 Running Successful Tasting Groups in non-Producing Countries - TBA
2.30 - 2.45 Life After Sommelier Courses - Discussion
2.45 - 3.00 Break
3.00 - 3.15 The Changing Role of Social Media in Promoting Olive Oil Products with Millenials and Centennials – Dagmar Janousek, Associate Savante, Netherlands.   
3.15 - 3.30 Mindset Evolution: The Non-technical Dictionary for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Flavours - Simon Field, Australia
3.30 - 3.45 Questions and discussion 
3.45 - 4.00 Presentation of Certificates and Close
4.00 - 6.00 Forum on the future of Savantes (Associates and Savantes only)
6.00pm Forum Concludes

Review, Certification and Register of International Savantes

During the session ‘Savantes Review’, participants can be evaluated for Associate Savante status and Membership of the Register of International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes.

The taste tests assess tasting skill and knowledge of the range of styles and flavour of extra virgin olive oils from around the world.

To achieve Associate Savante status a score of 60% is required, a score of 80% gives the participant full Savante status and Membership of the Savantes Register.