XXIII. Wine-Week Award Ceremony at Balatonlelle – 2015.

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Rolling along at South Lake Balaton  – Wine … Wine … Wine … XXIII. Wineweek  

Award Ceremony at and along the boardwalk of Balatonlelle – Hungary!

Event shoot-off daily until 11 p.m. from August, 1.throughout August, 9. 2015.

Admission free of charge, food and drinks payment cash only.

At then opening ceremony were present professionals from the tourism, wine professionals and the outstanding local representatives gastronomic … including Ramona Biró – Wine Queen 2014, István Kenéz – major of Balatonlelle, Miklós Mészaros – major of Balatonboglár, József Pócz – President of Balatonlelle hill-community.

József Pócz – President hill-community Balatonlelle said at the opening ceremony Q: „Here at Balatonlelle the wineweek is held for the 23rd. occasion. This year 18 wineries are present and offers a great selection of 151 different wines. Wines are from over 10 to 20 hectares producing 1,000 hectoliters of wine. Szőlőgyörök settlement has small and medium-sized wineries.  The year 2014 was not the pamper for the wine producers, but from the smallest wine producers – who for their own prepare wine and share with their friends and companies – up to the BB champagne wines were all present. Over a week will be not just about the wine … every night offers a color line of programs: So beside tasting the local rich fruity wines, entertainment awaits the visitors the watching local folklore style dancing, gypsy music ( visitors may step-up the stage and sing-a-ling together with the group the folk songs, there will be a bit of rock and jazz concerts, gastronomic flavors, strolling around the Handicraft Market, not to mention, relaxing … watching the world go by, sailing through the summer breeze, pop on a boat cruise around the Lake Balaton. What more is needed spending time-out at Balaton’s summer festival season!

Ferenc Bujdosó – Board Chairman of the Wine Region Balatonboglár said. Q: “We tried to create a similar objective judging method accordingly in use at the act of  internationally level,  whereas the wine judges do not sit together at a large table, but back-to-back and  are individually testing the wines. This was the first time the international method has been implemented into the competition,  which was at first was a bit strange for the judges.”

There were selected four committees said János Mayer –  Chief president  – Badacsonyi Research Institute. After the wines were judged, thenafter asked by the past three year’s “Wine of the Year” wine maker winners: Bence Gamamvári, Otto Konyári, Leigli  to selected the three best white, red, sparkling wines.

From the 131 wines  entering the competition, winning awards were given to 30 wine makers, such as: AK – AK Winery Ltd., Balla Winery, BB, Bujdosó Winery, Buzás Vineyard, Buzássy Winery, Chapell Hill, Tithe Cellar, Fáncsi Hegyi Cellar, Garamvári Vineyards (4 gold), Gutman Wine Cellar, Hujber Cellar, Icon Winery, Kalász Winery, Katona Wine-House, Kislaki-Légi Géza, Koltai Winery, Konyári Winery, Légli Vineyards, Miklós Cellar, Németh Winery, Országh Cellar, Podmaniczky Winery, Pócz Winery, Rádpuszta Winery ,St. Anne’s Winery, Szentpály Winery, St. Anne Winery, Szentpály Winery, St. Kristóf Cellars, Topos Cellar, Trunkó Cellar, Veszprém Cellar.

Two of the wine competitors wines recieved big Gold medalist, 31 Gold medal and a couple of wines received the Bronze title award. Only a 1-2 wines had to be ruled out because of error. An independent commission came over from different parts of country’s wine regions … eg. Szekszárd, Vilány and the young adult generation participated in judging as well. After the regional testing ended the local committee judging took place.

In addition to the locally made wines need not have to say too much to keep in mind, must-is-a-must not to leave before not having to taste of the delicious dishes such as the buffalo gulyás which is cooked with 35 kgs. buffalo meat boiling in 80 liters of water and of cause the additional veggies and the Hungarian noddle won’t be missing.

Being on holiday or just dropping over  for a day or two to the region of South Lake Balaton, enjoying the sights-sound-food-wines  at Balatonlelle during the wine week is worthwhile to think it over before it ends 11 p.m. on August, 9. 2015.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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