Portugieser grape variety has nothing in common with Port (in fact the ancient name of the variety, Oporto was taken away by EU in favour of the Portugese wine), Portugieser is a thin skinned, sensitive grape giving ligther, fruity wines for everyday consumption, but in very able hands Portugieser can give outstanding wines as well.
Zoltán Győrffy, chief organizer of the annual Portugieser competition believes in the variety, and his endeavor is rewarding: this year (the 7th contest) 100 wines will be evaluated from 6 countries by the international jury with members from 10 nations. The award ceremony will take place in the city of Pécs, on 27 April, at the University of Pécs, and winelovers will have the chance to taste the silver and gold winning wines, plus many other wines of the champion winemakers.
Location: University of Pécs KPVK Aula, Szántó Kovács János street 1, Pécs, Hungary
Date: 27 April, 15.00–20.00, Tickets: 3000 HUF (10 euros)
A stubborn guy – and a gold winner from last year
Bock Porta Géza Portugieser Jammertal Selection 2017 fromVillány is a gold winner from last year’s contest, and is a good example to show what Portugieser is capable of: full bodied, spicy, exciting. But the name is also story telling! József Bock, the owner of Bock Cellar is a character, indeed. Though he is in the age when people usually get retired, he is active and manages the huge estate with strong arms and clear visions. And there are things he cannot accept, for example the verdict of European Union which banned the name Oportó. József Bock simply could not get used to the new name, so he is not willing to name his wine Portugieser, instead he put „Porta Géza” on the label, which sounds a little bit like Portugieser, but it is rather a fictional first name and surname of a person. And here is how the wine is made: „A Portugieser from the Jammertal vineyard, bottled following fermentation and six months of maturation in wooden casks. The longer maturing period extends the wine’s lifetime. Crimson in colour with shades of purple, with velvety acids, fruity in flavour while cherry aromas appear in its bouquet. A more complex, spicier wine than is customary in a Portugieser.”
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