A state of art winery might be a good looking, functioning plant, but it can also be in harmony with its surroundings and can fit the landscape resulting a building complex which forms a unit with the land around it. Lajver Wine Estate in Szekszárd wine region seems to follow the waving of the hills, and the tasting room full of sunshine gives stunning view of the lansdscape. In this category we expect writings about great examples of modern winery architercture. There are no restrictions in genre, the submitted article can be a travel article, a report – what the contestant prefers. In this category the illustration of the article will be evaluated as well.

Paul Caputo

When Miguel Mateu purchased the Castle of Perelada in 1923, a vast renovation was needed. His dream was to modernise one of Catalonia’s great historical wineries into something fit for the future. Yet such an aspiration is timeless.

Nena Dimitriu

A thin dust covers the soft ground under the verdant green vines. All around, there is the blackness of the volcanic terrain and the deep blue of the sea. What other vineyard in the world can boast such a setting?

Tanja Bankovic

Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery is located in Istria, Croatia’s largest peninsula in the Adriatic sea. Croatia, a country with a population of 4.28 million, is a true gem in the Adriatic Sea. It boasts a rich history, exceptional cuisine, spectacular coast and a countryside waiting to be discovered.

The Sponsor Of The Category

Lajver – modernity in harmony with nature

26 hectares, 4 plots, 30 terraces – When planning our estate, a particularly important aspect was to respect our natural conditions and to adapt to them so that the estate could fit into its surroundings as harmoniously as possible. The 30 terraces planted on our four plots are adjusted perfectly to the river bed of Lajvér stream, which provides the estate with unique and natural microclimate.

12 grape varieties, 48 awards – We planted twelve varieties of grape, but we don’t make single-variety wines from them all. For us, some varieties of wine are more pleasant if they don’t reach the bottle alone. Sometimes we are better able to express our philosophy regarding viticulture and wine-making with unusual, novel blends.

5 functions, 3 wings – The plan of the state-of-art, ultramodern building of clean lines was created to apply to grape processing procedure without compromises. Our objective was to design a winery building fitting into the landscape, with the majority of the building situated under the ground. During the process of construction we aimed to use natural material like wood, concrete, stone, metal and glass. The resulted estate building corresponds with all the necessary functions: visitor centre, bistro, industrial establishment, store house and ageing cellar. Natural vinification requires grape processing in the most gentle way, which is based on modern technology using gravity.

1 brand – Lajver


The Prizes
  • The absolute winner of all the three categories will receive an all inclusive trip to Hungary on 15–18 August 2020as described on the main page.
  • The winning article of the category will be published on hungarianwines.eu.
  • The winner of the category will receive an electronic badge that he or she can place on the website.
  • The winner of the category will receive a voucher, which entitles the winner to stay one night at Lajver Wine Estate. The voucher is valid for two persons, breakfast is included, and it can be validated until 1 June, 2021.
  • The winner of the category can participate in the study tour organized on 15–18 August 2020. The trip includes transfers between the venues, accommodation, meals, tastings. A special feature of the study tour is a visit Lajver Wine Estate in Szekszárd wine region.
  • All the three finalists (including the winner) of the category will receive a Lajver wine package of 3 bottles granted by Lajver Wine Estate.
  • All the three finalists of the category will receive an invitation to the award ceremony event on 16 August (Patricius Winery, Tokaj, Hungary).
The Members of Jury
Thomas Brandl

Journalist and PR professional with 30 years experience in the global wine industry. With his own PR agency Xenos-Comm he now helps wine producers especially from Eastern European countries to get better known in markets like Germany, Benelux, UK and Scandinavia. Thomas Brandl is a member of wine competitions all around the world, the ambassador for Eastern Europe for Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and he writes as an author for various magazines, e.g. Vinum, Meininger’s Wine Business International and others.

Lilla O'Connor

With a BA in Business Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a WSET Advanced Award in Wine, she has 20 years solid marketing experience in the UK, specialising in all things wine and setting up creative marketing solutions that work. Most recent projects include working with Steven Spurrier and friendsthe exciting Académie du Vin Library, Lilla O’Connor founded Wines of Hungary UK in 2014 and had worked hard on putting Hungary back to the UK wine map. She enjoys creating new ventures from scratch, all aspects of online, project management and website design. Lilla is a wine judge at international wine competitions like International Wine Challenge and San Francisco Wine Competition. Now her main business venture is Wine Digital, an agency offering full-service digital marketing.

Sergey Smolin

He graduated from Moscow State University for International Relations with a degree in International Economics in 2003. In that same year he went to Burgundy and got a diploma in International WIne Commerce at CFPPA de Beaune (Center of Professional Education and Agricultural Promotion). In 2005 he received WSET Advanced Certificate in London. Since then Sergey worked for several Russian importers as buyer, marketing specialist, brand ambassador, etc. He has also been teaching at wine schools and writing articles for local professional wine media. Now he work as deputy CEO of a Russian wine producer and he is writing a book on Hungarian wines which he hopes to finish this autumn.