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Tornai Winery – Trophy Award-winner -International Wine Challenge in London – 2019!

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The past 5 years, Tornai Winery has achieved in Hungary unprecedented and internationally rare success at the world’s most influential wine competition, the International Wine Challenge in London.

The Tornai Winery have already won several gold medals and 4 Trophy awards.

The recognition is given to those wines that are outstanding among the gold medalists. This year was one of the hugest competition, 15000 competing wines from over 50 countries. Two of their wines received particularly high score … from the theoretically possible 100, the jury judged them 95 points. Within this result, two of them among the 150 best around the world. On Monday, July 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. a/m and several other international award winning wines were presented at the Kóstolom Wine Bar, district II., 19 Káplár Str. Budapest . These were: Friss Zenit 2018, MUN-DUS Gold, Wine of the Hungarian Science Academy (2019),Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2017, IWC Gold (2019), Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017, IWC Gold and Trophy (2019), Top Selection Apátsági Furmint 2015, IWC Gold (2016), Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2013, IWC Gold and Trophy (2016),Aranyhegy Juhfark 2011, Prestige Reserve Gold, Wine of Budapest, Bayer Gold (2013). The Tasting is led by Tamás Tornai who said Q.: Our sixty years of experience provide a good backdrop to internationally confirmed the values of Somló wine that have evolved over the centuries, the connection between landscape and quality in our daily thoughts. Our plantations are on the southern slopes of the volcanic soils of Somló.”

Awesome result to this year’s competition whereas, the Tornai Winery’s wines have won for the fourth time. This is a unique achievement not only in Hungary but also in the world.

The latest Trophy Award-winner, Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 will not be available for sale, it can only be purchased by pre-order.

IWC Trophy-winner Grófi Hárslevelű was introduced with tasting the 4th Trophy Award-winner wine, the 2017 Grófi Hárslevelű at London’s International Wine Challenge Trophy Prize. The wine judges, rigorously judged the world’s most prestigious wines in the competition and their taste buds concluded „The Best of the Best Wines!”

The price of IWC Trophy Award Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 is 7500HUF/bottle. You can order with a personal pickup at the Winery’s Wine Shop or free home delivery. With delivery, the minimum pre-order quantity is 6 bottles. The latest Trophy Award-winner, Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 will not be available for sale, it can only be purchased by pre-order.

The Tornai family has been dealing with winemaking since 1946 on Mt. Somló. The Mt. Somló, a mountain that rises sharply out of the flat area. Endre Tornai – the founder, started viniculture and winemaking on a one-acre vineyard. To-day the land measures 54 acres and it is the third generation now that is engaged in the everyday tasks of the wine-cellar.

The ars poetica of their business, besides respecting traditions, is the use of state-of-the-art winemaking and processing technologies. The Tornai Winery as the dominant winery of Mt. Somló, based on several decades of experience, is the initiator and supporter of the wine-production co-operation of the region. Their goal is the wines of Mt. Somló preserve their values both on a national and international level.

Tourist visiting Hungary and foreigners working, living in Hungary hang around to enjoy the sight-and-sound of Budapest, but Hungary is more that just visiting Budapest. The Tornai Cellar is a must-visit local hub of wine production and well organized tourism venue. Tornai wines have an outstanding international reception. No need to say, cause the indicated highest awards achieved speak or in other words … taste for themselves.

Even for a short time stay in Hungary, definitely worthwhile to plan and go for it to visit the Tornai Cellar. A place to dissolve, free your mind, good opportunity get to know more about the winery itself whilst tasting the excellent flavors of wines from the grape clusters growing on volcanic soil at the rich Somló Mountain vineyards.

Congratulation to the intellectual and practical knowledge by the Tornai Celler!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Over the years WineNet supplier of Sziget and several major summer festivals

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The Wine Nets meet the great summer festivals this year, the fourth consecutive year – as the exclusive supplier to the catering unit basic and premium wine of supply – the Volt and Balaton Sound, Sziget, the B.my.Lake and Beach Festival. The company continuously monitors the consumption habits and patterns of festival goers.

Superb music festivals across the country with non missing taking place along side fabulous wines Made in Hungary! Locals and foreigners attended at these music festival had already experiences, the increasingly popular wines, name it Red, White or Rosé.

In the heat of the night to cool and be in the mood at the music festival grab a plastic cup and go for mostly recommended the “Fröccs” – Splasher, a.k.a.  Spritzer wine actually wine (mostly white wine) with soda water, but also pure succulent wines are now a stable for summer events. The “Fröccs” – the Spritzer is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Hungary.

When thirsty gain a cuppa “Fröccs” – Spritzer along comes Rosé, and as for the premium wine, the white wine is the most wanted at the festivals.

Decades ago the growing up generation well knew the tastes and as they  were getting elder surely enjoyed having their snip again, but as for to-day’s generation most probably as a new taste will be the winner at the music festivals. Various Spritzer types made of Rosé are the favorites of the festivals – says Kathona Krisztián, founder and owner of WineNet also responsible for wine procurement. The WineNet wish to achieve an increase in wine consumption per visitor to major summer festivals. Q.: “Taking into account the needs of consumers, we bring good-natured, acid-rich white and slightly smoother, drinkable, and a little more fragrant, the fresher Rosé to the Sziget event this year, and the red has a representative role, as many music festival fans come to Hungary for the first time, and this is their first encounter with Hungary’s high-quality wines” added Krisztián Kathona. 

The Sauvignon Blanc is based at the Sziget … White and the Kékfrankos with Pinot Noir blend, to be served as plain or as “Fröccs” -Spritzer. As last year, the WineNet’s partner will be the Dubicz Winery representing the Mátra Wine Region.

The Sziget White and Sziget Rosé will be sold in bottles, joining them the third Kékfrankos and Cabernet Franc blended for Sziget Red.

Since 2016, WineNet is the official wine supplier of Sziget festivals. Currently, there are nearly 50 WineNet wine trading stores in Hungary, The number of regular customers is over fifty thousand. WineNet  as franchise was founded in early 2013 with the aim to make it available to a wider circle of good taste of wine in/from Hungary. At the WineNet more than 400 premium wines and wine specialties are offered on the spot.

Update ans snaps Aggie Reiter

Best of Badacsony Region Wines – Budapest @ New York Palace – Hungary 2019.

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Badacsony is one of the smallest but most exciting wine regions in the country!

Badacsony Region wines moved to Budapest for a day, annually organized by the Badacsony Tourist Guild.

The wine tasters arriving to the Budapest’s New York Palace – could hear and taste get to know local producers, get answers to their questions directly to all-the important wines told by the exhibitors from the Badacsony Wine Region on the spot. In addition to the region’s wineries  along were introduced communities, hotels, restaurants, sites and other program by the providers.

The report on the Wine – New York Palace in Budapest continues with mentioning a couple of tables on the spot:

Bence one of the brother of three spoke about the winery  Q.: „The Trio Cellar is a family winery.  Located at Diszel, on the eastern edge of the Tapolca on Mount Hajagos primarily the traditional wine-growing region of the Badacsony. Their winery produce and were award: Sürkebarát – 2016  Bronze, Zeus – 2013  Silver, Rose Rose – 2016 Gold, Vulcanus – 2016 Bronze, Pinot noir. Our goal is to familiarize consumers with the Badacsony wine region through local varieties. People interested in their wines are welcome to the local tasting cellar.” The two generations involved in the production, in cooperation, complement each other well. It is important that a family maintains the traditions and the three brothers also strive to do so. The Trio Cellar’s aim is to introduce grape and wine culture and to promote cultured wine consumption. You want to know that is true. you have to go and enjoy not only the beauty of the landscape, but also the finer-tasting wines.

In Hungary, the most common type of vine variety is at the Badacsony Wine Region. The Kéknyelű is true specialty. Was told on the spot  representing Kiss István winemaker, their late harvest Special Kéknyelű wine named “KISS”  … flavor and design goes well within bottled in blue color, catch the eye in second! It has been matured in oak barrels for a month and its specialty of a female grape, not self-pollinating, but a stammer couple fertilizing.  Other wines for tasting from the Szent György Hegy (Saint George Mount) from Kiss István wine makers received high number of visitors at the event. Some award wines were for tasting as well:  Rose Stone Silver, Olaszrizling Late, Királyleányka.  You want to know that is true about them, you have to visit and enjoy not only the beauty of the landscape, but also the finer-tasting wines. For wines  and traditional food lovers  worthwhile to pay a visit to the Kiss István winery,where guests can enjoy dinners also served at its restaurant.

Fata Cellar at  Badacsonytomaj have a 100 years of family tradition, mainly use hand-cultivation, with a large proportion of plantations with white grapes. Popular their  Rózsakő, Kéknyelű, Olaszrizling, Ürmös, Szürkebarát. István Nagy, spoke about their full range tour around the vineyards, traditional delicious restaurant and Guesthouse. Maybe Fata’s cellar doesn’t right away ring the bell, say much to wine fans, but if you have already tasted their wines, your opinion will be certainly different. As can be seen they offer 3in1!

Over the past 20 years, the Varga Cellar has the Hungarian wine professionally and technologically renewed fundamentally. The quality of the wines has become a Western European standard. Their philosophy … is not enough to produce just fine, balanced wines, you need wines that leave a mark on the consumer that you remember and you will rediscover from the thousands of items. The Badacsony Szürkebarát made from the crushed grapes is the classic of the classics, the most noble and most characteristic of the last 100 years of the most famous Badacsony species. Badacsony golden cut Szürkebarát wine was awarded with the Gold Medal 2015.

The origin of “Csobánc Taste” originates from the Csobánc Hill. In 2013, they bought a nice estate with vines and fruit trees. These fruits were only processed for our own pleasure and deliberately avoiding preservatives, additives thickeners so in the jars, besides our love and energy, only fruit and vegetables are used. As was told by Katalin that closed into every bottle is the Csobánc mountain spring scents, flavors and colors of summer to the autumn levels. All their products are homemade … vegetable creams, sugar-free jams, lavender products … all that stimulus the eye and the mouth!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s “Blue Blood”pure fruit wine the one-and-only in Europe!

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There are many items, things named “Blue Blood” not just in Europe, around the world, but the one-and-only “Blue Blood” fruit wine in Europe is produced  by  Csaba Sápi  at Csömör – Hungary!

Blue Blood – Timea Sápi 

The Blue Blood wine was born of a fortuitous, and later-on by repeatedly experimentation born a new additive-free blue sweet fruit wine.

The Blue Blood wine was introduced  for the media at the  Ray’s Gourmand and Bar – Budapest. Before tasting, have a look-see the Blue Blood color which carries the color of the blue sky and of the turquoise sea at the same time! It will tempt your senses first with vanilla, spicy scent and taste, then with a peachy apricot, and with the presence of cunning blueberry, and the crunch of cherry, and finally the creamy elderberry will deliver the orgasm of the flavors! Evoking aromas within its fragrance even in the coldest winter days summons the spring, even brings refreshment to the hottest summer day.

Need to know no filling machines do the bottling, nor plugging, neither capsules! They do the job with the help of human hands, as before int he old days. They love to preserve traditions and attempt to carry on! Saying more work with it, but quality product deserves attention and principle is quality, above all! Only natural ingredients … Just fruit! … without artificial flavor and fragrance materials just as within the other 25 produced kind of fruit wines, one of the more tempting fruit wines than the other, not to mention mouth-watering flavors  that are unimaginable without tasting them.

There are two types of premium groups the Hungaricum premium and the premium products. The only difference is that the premium Hungaricum, typically carrying a unique flavor, technology, which is outstanding even at international level.

The Blue Blood fruit wine is not only delicious, but healthy too and you can’t resist the look at this please product. Everyone can find their own favorit to their own taste!

They do not want mass production and serve large multi-store houses. Their goal is to introduce more fruit wines at festivals and  special events.

Update and snaps Aggie  Reiter

XVIII. National Syngenta Wine Competition @ Siófok – Hungary

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More than ever, a new record of recordings … a total of 559 wine application arrived from the country’s several wine regions, participating in the 18th National Syngenta Wine Competition. This year the best prizes of the SynVino awards took place at Siófok – Hungary.  Prize were awarded to Bárdos and Fia Winery, the Béres Vineyards, the Koch Csaba Vine Art Winery, and the NAIK Vine and Wine Research Institute.

The past year was nothing to say it was a normal year for grape growing, due to the extreme climatic conditions and had met significant technical challenges of managing the vineyard  by the management professionals.  The last time was 100 years ago, when passed among the vines between budding and flowering just 30 days, but the results showed most of them took well over the obstacles. Last year, the amount of harvested 65 thousand hectares of grapes amounted to 500 thousand tons, of which 3.5 million hectare liter of wine produced, which is considered good not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality.

The 2018 vintage wines were found neatly into the Syngenta awards. This year’s wine competition with 48 gold medals being recognized by the jury experts. The fragrant white varieties such as the Irsai Oliver, and the outstanding 2018 red wines, the Rosé highlighted the wines in the competition.

Overall a fine year for the wine producers … Twenty percent of the wines were awarded Gold and more than 50 percent received Silver medals.

Adding to the well deserved Gold awarded wine producers …  not a complete list of the  awarded wines mentioning all the 48 gold medalist … editorial comment … The Szentpéteri Wine Cellar LtdKunság: Olaszrizling selection 2018,  the Kékfrankos Rosé 2018, the Chardonnay Selection 2017 and from Balatonboglár – Bujdosó Vineyard: Merlot 2015, Brut Rosé Champagne, Cruiser 2017 …  both received GOLD AWARDS with many other wine makers.  This update is not only about to read, but have to be tasted by locals and foreigners visiting whilst staying in Hungary… most of them are available at the wine traders shops.

By-the-way …just a reminder, this week-end Fiery Wines – Volanic Flavors from the Badacsony Region of Wines coming with 38 wine makers bringing 160 wines to Budapest.

Date and Place: Saturday, March, 9. 2019. – New York Palace – Rome Hall – Budapest – District, VII., 9. Erzsébet Boulevard. Take it Easy … Enjoy your timeout … tickets available on the spot!

Updated Aggie Reiter

WineNet’s – Season of Carnival – City Park Café – Budapest

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On Friday, February 22, 2019 the WineNet invited guests to spend at a romantic environment, a panoramic view of Vajdahunyad Castle (District, XIV., 6. Olof Palme promenade – Budapest) in front  Budapest’s huge ice rink and gastronomic specialties at the City Park Café to enjoy the Season of Carnival along with the selected wines also available at the WineNet – Hungary.

The WineNet decided to organizing a gathering with invited guest to chase away winter connected  in the company of fine wines. Wine is one of the best expressions of the human soul. Everything is manifested in the wine itself. Wine has heart, soul, desires, but even shows how lovable it can be. Saying farewell to the season of winter is the best way to dress in the company of good wine! Taste of delicious finger food were served as well.

The noisy carnival celebrations were brought about by an ancient belief that at the end of winter, when the days are shorter and the nights are longer, the Sun loses power and evil spirits come to life. They tried to banish merriment, carnival costume parade, puppet witch burning.

Carnival time saying here I am!  Upon arrival many turned to the roulette table.  Unique wine roulette. The tasting starts with a welcome drink and a quick overview of the basic tastings. At the „ Blind Tasting” the wines were dressed in carnival costume. Participants to join the play laid their betting medals on the roulette table, of course after tasting a wine, tips could be made regarding … from which wine region or the vineyard,  the wine type, flavor characteristics, wine vintage year, which fruit flavors  dominate can be discovered. During the game, the players stood around the table. Players taste 6 items at the wine tasting.

The main protagonist of the evening were: Babarczi Vineyard and Cellar, Bogdán Estate, Dubicz Winery, Font Winery, Gróf Degenfeld Winery, Winery of Jenő Istvándy, Winery of Tamás Lelovits, Wine House of Molnár, Recas Winery, Wine Cellar of Szentpéteri.

At the wine tasting, wine makers gave in-depth, related to their experiences the background of their wines. Mentioning a couple:

Szentpéteri wine cellar.  At Municipality region defines typically the wine’s purity and freshness. In addition to a light and elegant appearance of elder and vine flowers and scent surprised when tasting like a bunch of heavenly grapes.Very harmonious acidity of the wine. Unique fragrances. Mediterranean-style rosé (Mediterranean fragrances, in addition to the Mediterranean fruit and blackberry, red currant aromas complex and unique appearance is exciting wine). During the tasting were: Kadarka 2017, Néró rosé selection 2018, Kékfrankos Rosé 2018, Olaszrizling Selection 2018. it is undeniable that there are Gold and Silver medals received at several international competitions by the wines of Szentpéteri wine cellar.

Tamás Lelovits  wine country are mainly producing dry red. Villány has created a brand with the wine region, which can only be 100% pure, premium quality Cabernet Franc. Extreme crop limitation for raw material: up to 80-90 dkg of grape per capital. It was bottled after 18 months of barrel maturation for the first time. Villányi Franc is the embodiment of elegance and harmony. The Villány Rosé Curvée 2018 was pretty popular at the wine tasting.

Dubicz Winery lays at the territory Mátra that is considered as Hungary’s second largest wine region. The Southern slopes of Mátra already existed in the Middle Ages. The Kékfrankos Rosé 2018 fragrance reminds of red fruits like raspberry, red currant. Tight structure, excellent crispy acidity, little frisky CO2, it is excellent to drink with soda water as well.

Those who wished took a funny mask. Raffle also took place offered by the wine makers of three wines on the spot.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Balaton Circle Gastro Picnic @ Csopak

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The Lake Balaton Circle has been established for four years as a group of hosts who are most committed to the quality renewal of gastronomy in the region. Among the circle members there is local restaurant, confectionery, pálinka maker, wine bar and several wineries that are open all the year-round Northern Lake Balaton.  Main goal driving the members of the association lies in their co-operation and  their common thinking and a message about quality, authenticity.

Csopak’s succulent wines, award-winning wine makers have a huge wine list for wine lovers to find their favorite variety and vintage.

The Csopak picnic on Saturday, February, 23. opening at Noon.

Update Aggie Reiter