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Mihály Figula “Wine Producer of the Year in Hungary 2022”

Mihály Figula Wine Producer of the Year in Hungary 2022

In the beginning of December, at the FELIX Kitchen & Bar, the winner of the “Wine Producer of the Year in Hungary 2022” title, the most prestigious domestic award that can be won by Hungarian winemakers, was announced by the Hungarian Wine Academy. The award does not mean recognition of the excellent quality of a wine, but can be awarded for the outstanding performance of the winning wine producer over several years, for the constant, excellent quality of his wines, for their domestic and foreign successes, and for his efforts for the wine industry.

Hungary is a lucky country, in having a lot of great winemakers who supply both domestic and foreign wine lovers with world-class wines. The award could go to many places, but perhaps there is agreement that this year’s winner deserved the award despite his young age.

The great-grandfather, István Tolnay, was one of the most prestigious wine owners of the 19th century. Fueled by his love for grapes and wine, the Figula Winery @ Balatonfüred- Csopak  has become one of the best-known Hungarian wineries with hard work and, of course, sacrifices and great diligence. The winery was founded and built by his father, Mihály Figula, who was also chosen as the Wine Producer of the Year in 2000, the same year that his son, Mihály, obtained his diploma in viticulture and oenology. After his father died suddenly, he became head of the family even though he was in his twenties.  He had to take over the management of the estate from one day to the next. With a huge responsibility on his shoulders and a lot of work and with the family members managed to maintain and develop the thriving winery.

The Figula vineyards are located within a six-kilometer radius of the winery, on a total of 30 hectares, where terroir farming in the classical sense is carried out. Mihály tried to cultivate everything at the highest level, he considers it is important to treat the crops of the vineyards separately, of course with strict yield restrictions. The most important aspect in the production of wines is the highlighting of the characteristics of the place of production, for which, in addition to respecting traditions, the most modern technical and technological possibilities are exploited. In order to achieve the highest quality, the family carries out and supervises all processes, from the care of the grapes to the bottling of the wines.

Mihály Figula asks himself the question every day … “What would my father say about this? Would he be satisfied with the wines?” Most probably many winemaker father cannot be happier and prouder than when his son receives the highest recognition in the profession. Anyone who knows Mihály personally knows that when it comes to wines, he is very serious, and he is a young man blessed with an extraordinary sense of humor. If we asked him what career he was preparing for, he would only say: “As a child I wanted to be a bear, I ended up becoming a winemaker.”. Was asked his favor vintage and the answer was the 1993, of course, because that’s when it all started. This year’s winner is not an average person he believes he works in the best wine region in the world. He became a winemaker when his father said to him his children and wine making is his main hobby. Mihály promise to those who visit his winery that they will become nothing less and nothing more than that everyone forgets the gray weekdays.

Among those competing for the award, the five winemakers who received the most votes during the nomination below were:

Mihály Figula (Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region), Tamás Günzer (Villány wine region), József Lamport (Egri wine region), Zsolt Liptai (Pannonhalmi wine region), Csaba Vestergombi (Szekszárd wine region).

Update by Aggie Reiter

Culture Day at the Vigadó – Hungarian Academy of Arts – Budapest


An open house day at the  Vigadó – Hungarian Academy of Arts in Budapest.  On  Thursday, January, 22. the sophisticated building’s doors were wide open to the public. The pre-registered visitors of the day could the enter all the rooms and halls free of charge. Exhibitions and other colorful programs, surprises awaited and also to join tour guided tour organized by the Vigadó four times that day. The students of the Academy of Music gave a so-called surprise concert. Visitors could get acquainted with the Hungarian Wine Academy professionals, organized by the Hungarian wine culture. The children could participate in the Chamber Hall viewing an interactive Puppet performance during the afternoon. Late in the afternoon, outside the Vigadó building across the square live music highlighted  and ended the day. Thus brought the attention by many locals and foreigners passing by to the fact that the Hungarian culture is at home everywhere! Closing day the Virtuosi talent show young competitors gave a very successful concert in the main hall. With the series of the  full-day event nearly two thousand people attended the programs. The organisers said, it was great success for the Vigadó and will repeat the “Open House” program sometime during this year.

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The past 24 years became a tradition to the country’s oldest and most prestigious professional wine appreciation organized by Hungarian Wine Academy. Each year giving the title of

„The winemaker of the year”.

This award express the recognition of the quality of a wine and represents the market success of professional management and winery. The competition stood of a two-round vote.  In the first round the College winemakers gave their votes. In the second round the Academy nominations took place for the aggregates. Thenafter, a list of the five most productive winemakers recommendation of the academics in the vote.  The votes in the final result marked “The Winemaker of the Year in Hungary” professional title which were the below names of wineries: János Bolyki János – Eger Region, Tamás Borbély – Badacsony Wine Region, Tamás Dúzsi – Szekszárd Wine Region, Csaba Koch – Hajós-Bajai Wine Region, Mátyás Szőke – Mátra Wine Region.

This year’s award title … “Winemaker of the Year 2014” …  award winner was  

Tamás Dúzsi – Szekszárd wine region.

The master of rosé wine from Szekszárd … already received over 70 international awards to his fine wines. The future of the wine is well founded at the Szekszárd Region. The whole family busy hands are in some way or another in conducted or professionals in winemaking. It is absolutely a family enterprise. One of his son is also a wine producer and out at the DiVino wine bars in Budapest… so as it is said in Hungary … „the apple does not fall far from the tree”.  One other son won a tender abroad studying winemaking. Naturally, behind a successful man is always a woman and Ilona Patai Duzsi, the wife also takes load part in the wine making huge family. The Tamás Duzsi wine label is well know outside Hungary. Mentioning a couple races in recent years,: France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain. In Hungary received a lot of medals for the rosé wines and red wines. In 2014 was present at several wine competitions : Le Mondial du Rosé, the Challenge International du Vine, and the ProWein Mundus Vini and brought also home the recognition of GOLD .

Once at a previous wine competition, Duzsi said … Quote: „Folks always ask me which one is my favorite wine? It is hard to point out even one favorite wine. It is like having children and each one being close to the heart would be pretty hard to name only one of them” … Damn well said!

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Winecellar of the Year Award 2014.

Last Thursday took place award ceremony at Borota. Holding this year’s Winecellar of the Year Award was the winecellar at  Hajós-Baja  where the winemaker is  Csaba Koch. The award was handed over jointly by the representatives of the National Council of Wine Communities, the Hungarian Wine Academy and the Association of Hungarian Grape and Wine Producers. The awards were based upon the nominations and the votes given by the professional circles. The second-place of this year’s winery award was  given to the “Frittmann” winecellar , and the third best winecellar title was award by receiving a diploma to the “Béres” Winery.

Background  and  a little history of the winery in a few words about the winemaker of the year 2014. : elder…elder…elder József Koch arrived to Hajós in 1742 and settled down at Császártöltés in 1744. He was one of the 13 founding families at the settlement. He was the very first merchant in the settlement and started the viticulture here that has been passed down for 13 generations.  Thanks to the family heritage and the hard work of his great…great…great … grandfathers in the vintage, it was more than natural  for József Koch born in 1969 to continue the family’s tradition, which this year brought him and his team the award  to be recognised as the Winecellar of the Year 2014.

The Winecellar of the Year awards are given each year  since 2002.  Those wineries  reach the recognition to the title of “The Year’s Winecellar”  which are at home and abroad representing the Hungarian wines, furthermore did the most  in the given year in widespreading the wine culture and the civilized popularization of wine consumption.

Previous years prize winner winecellaries:

2013 “Icon” Winecellar  – Balatonboglár

2012 “Mészáros”  Winecellar – Szekszárd

2011 “Thummerer” Winecellar  – Eger

2010 Pannonhalma Abbey  Winecellar  – Pannonhalma-Sokoróalja

2009 “Szöllősi”  Winecellar   – Ászár-Neszmélyi

2008 Vylyan Ltd. – Villány

2007 “Bock”  Winecellar  – Villány

2006 “Garamvári”  Winecellar   – Etyek-Buda and South Balaton Wine Region

2005  “Disznókő”   Winecellar – Tokaj

2004 “Neszmély” Hilltop Wine Co. – Ászár-Neszmélyi

2003 “Oremus”  Winecellar – Tokaj

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The 2013 year’s “Winemaker of the Year Award” winner was  Mrs. Gálné Eve Dignisz, with her wine from Szigetcsép at the Kunság region.

At  the ceremony of this year’s  “2013 Best Winemaker” was held on Friday in Budapest,  by the  Hungarian Wine Academy introducing the top five nominated wine makers: Mrs. Gálné Éva (Eve) Dignisz from Kunság, János Bolyki from Eger, Tamás Borbély from Badacsony, Tamás Dúzsi from Szekszárd and Zoltán Heimann from Szekszárd.

János Frittmann, the vice president of the Hungarian Wine Academy welcomed the press and media representatives by saying, Quote: Whoever wins the award titled 2013 Year’s Best Wine, will not only be him or herself only the winner, but will represent the entire field of professional winemaker. Although being nominated is already a major honor. The award primarily stands for a matter of professional work, in connection with other factors, i.e. the human attitudes and awareness which were also been taken into account.

Zoltán Zilai, general secretary of the Hungarian Wine Academy, went back to the year 1991 recalling the times whereas the most prestigious national recognition of the winemaker was founded on the Order of Judges Wine Week, and the year 1995 when the care of the academy took place.

The were two round to go in voting, the second decisive round out of 160 voters, 119 votes were signed, seal and delivered back to the wine academy. Éva (Eve) received the highest number of votes from regions of wine makers. It has been almost two decades since a lady winemaker achieved this remarkable award.  Mrs. Gálné Éva (Eve) Dignisz from the region of Kunság was elected to be the winner of 2013.  The outstanding award is in the frame of the most prestigious national honors to Hungarian winemakers.The year 2013 had been seen as an outstanding interest to be in the competition. In figures it had nearly 20 thousand calls sent out for nominations and the recorded entires hit the record number of arriving nominations. Eva Gálné Dignisz was touched and delighted hearing the announcement of the results, and as she said: it is just about 13 years of her existence, but being in  the wineville  as an occupation began much earlier with her husband, Csaba Gal (A.K.A. a remarkable wine specialist). Eve and her husband have had been building at the 76 hectares their own wine business for over 13 years. Eve also mentioned, they are mostly known for their Rosé wine from Szigetcsép and with these Rosé wines they have had  been in the world as repeatedly winning the gold medals at the international tournament since the early years in the Cannes competition.

The award stood for the reasoning of measuring  by international standards as: despite the excellent, juicy, superbly simple, casual, affordable wines and although the territory of Kunság has its own challenges received the well deserved award for meaningful, reason of the significant number of sold bottles of the brand.

Some outside facts about the wine industry in Hungary … Learnt from the Ministry for Rural Development: „The largest and most renowned wineries alike have recognized that the EU project funding, present a major potential for the industry. The wine received eight EU funds to support land-based payments, ranging from the plantation conversion and to-and-from purchasing of machinery and reconstruction of basement. The twenty most profitable winery has won a total of 5.8 billion HUF this year, ending a seven-year programing cycle.”

At the end of the presentation and the award ceremony the media people were invited to taste the 5 nominated wines,  which were in the competition  brought to the awarding event. Congrats to  all the wine makers of the year 2013.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter