The National Wine Competition is considered to be the most important national contest in Hungary, organized by the Board of National Wine Communities, the most important association of winemakers. The significance of the contest is clearly proved by the increase of entries: the number of entered samples has tripled from 2013 to 2019.
The competition has considerable benefits: the winners receive the macarons which are ackowledged by both the trade and the costumers, plus the winners will have several opportunities to introduce themselves in foreign markets. Next year the Hungarian Tourism Agency will organize two tasting events in Poland, which is an important target market for Hungarian wines. Now we are presenting some of the winners. From 262 wineries, a total of 908 wine samples have been nominated for the contest.
The total list of results can be seen here (in Hungarian and English). Click on „EREDMÉNYKATALÓGUS LETÖLTÉSE”
The best rosé of the competition
Rosé is an ever increasing trend, therefore the category has a special importance. This year the best rosé award went to József Bock’s family winery in Villány for its Rosé Cuvée 2018.
The best sparkling wine of the competition
Bubbles are extremely popular all over the world, Hungarian sparkling consumption is increasing, thus this title is again determining. The best sparkling wine went to two wines, Sauska Brut from Tokaj and François President Brut 2015.
Winedata 2019 special prize
This special prize went to the winery over 50 hectares with the best results: Patricius Estate in Tokaj. Patricius won 2 great gold medals, one of them for late harvest Katinka 2017, a cuvée which happened to be the most successful wine of Budapest Airport last year (Heinemann store).
Smile Wine 2019 Hungary special prize
This special prize went to a sparkling wine made of exclusively from local grape, and the winner is: Garamvári Lellei Furmint Brut 2014. Vencel Garamvári, the owner of the winery has just received another prestigious prize: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hungarian Wine Academy.