Top Hungarian wines 2019 announced!

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 most successful winery of the competition

Koch Winery, Hajós–Baja wine region

Csaba Koch won 1 great gold medal, 6 gold medals and 2 silver medals, and this amazing result entitles him to be The most successful winery. The great gold medal was given to Csanád Cuvée 2012.

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.

The best natural sweet wine

Tokaj is the king of wines, and this year the crown went to a brand new winery, Juliet Victor and what is even more surprising: the winner is not a Tokaji Aszú, but a Tokaji Szamorodni, a less known style with lower price: JV Tokaji Szamorodni 2017.

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.

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[…] Last week we published some of the special prizes and great gold medals of the most important national competition of Hungary. „Simple” gold medals seem to stay in the shadow, as if gold was not brilliant enough. But when there are 908 entries, it is an honour to be among the 140 gold winners. Especially with the highest score of the gold winners! Tűzkő Estate is one of the proud gold winners with their Tűzkő Domb, the flagship blend of the winery. Tűzkő Domb Cuvée 2017 received 91.50 scores, which makes it the most successful gold winner apart from the great gold winners. The estate is situated in Tolna wine region, one of the less known wine regions of Hungary in spite of the infinite merits of the region, neighbouring star regions like Villány or Szekszárd. Tűzkő is owned by Marchese Piero Antinori – a guarantee to create great quality wines true to their terroirs. So who is this gold winner beauty? „Deep colour,  full bodied, matured wine rich in refined tannins. Thanks to the two varieties fruity and spicy notes meet, and the blend is made complex with some discrete barrel ageing and 10 months of bottle ageing. Refined, integrated tannins with the deep, warm character of Cabernet Franc and the velvety and chocolate character of Merlot.” […]

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