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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

An Adventure Day – Wine Route on the banks of South Lake Balaton – Hungary!

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The Region of  “Sunshine and Teeming Life”

Third Wine Show and Business Meeting.

On April, 9.2015., the Southern region of the Lake Balaton, the Wine Association presented a superb major wine show. Upon arrival to Rádpuszta at first sight was to see the catchy Thatched roof on the picturesque surroundings, that as a start already made the Day! This was the third occasion in a joint co-operation of the Association of South Balaton Wine Route and the Balatonföldvári Small Area Tourism Association  to the season opening with meeting the press and media representatives, combined with the business individuals introducing the region’s  fine wines by the wine makers . The gathering was welcomed by Dénes Gádor – Chairman – Association of South Balaton Wine Route, Ferenc Bújdosó – Chairman – Balatonboglári Hilly Region Municipal Council, Tamás Fekete  – Vice President – Balatonföldvári Small Area Tourism Association. The event was under the patronage of  Mihály Witzmann parliamentarian. The members of the South Lake Balaton wineries, catering and accommodation service, the region’s villages and settlements joined the association  in 1999, in the year the organization was established.

This time the venue was at the  Gastro and Entertainment Center at Rádpuszta, whereas all in one the wine makers represented themselves  with the wines from the South Lake Balaton region. The aim of the event was to bring the attention to the South Balaton gastronomy representatives to the rich and high-quality wines and wineries at this region that has to offer. The southern region of Lake Balaton known from long ago of having produced local wines from its wine-growing areas. These wines are not only popular among the locals but for many foreigners who once tasted these wines  and trying in tracing them here is the place to bottle up.

A pitty in a way … in many cases  these wines of the Southern region of Lake Balaton is missing at the  local restaurants, catering establishments. Most of them served, offered wines from Hungary’s other wines regions even though there is huge line up of possibilities to have at these places regional wines. In fact, the red wines of South Lake Balaton are recognized as prestigious prominent wines and received acknowledgments at national and international base.

Following the presentation, the representatives met in person and had ears on the wine makers whilst tasting the rich in taste wines brought to this event by more than 30 wine makers.  thereafter, followed by a short tour  around the Estate Gastro Entertainment Village.  In and around the venue unique hand-carved  sculptures and furniture were all over the place. First stop was to the wine cellar along with its eye-catching exhibition. It was very tastefully arranged with its excellent installation at the collection of the area’s wines and other prominent Hungarian wine from other regions. Also visited the stables at the equestrian center where there is available 21 horses for sporty horseback riding fans, carriage rides and horse show.  The children are not left out to have their own adventure  at the Kids Farm …visiting the poultry yard, having pony rides. Next to the playground there is the air castle the land for rampage. The smaller kids may go to the petting zoo and elder ones may have the opportunity to learn the basics of archery.

The local gastronomy not even looked good but was  yummy served at a real country-style cosy place. It was a real Hungarian dish … roast goose garnishing with braised red cabbage and fried onion mixed with potatoes … oven baked cooked under the sky on an outdoor operating furnaces.

Along the southern shores  nearly forty qualified wine route venues can be visited … wineries, restaurants, accommodations, and craft workshops – await  for interested visitors to get to know this region’s grapes and wine culture, not to mention the breathtaking landscape and meeting traditions on the spot.

These were the wine makers present, serving to taste the region’s fresh, rich in fruity taste, delicious wines: AX & Wine Ltd., BB Chapel Hill, Bujdosó Winery, Buzás Vineyards, Buzássy Winery, Rádpuszta Vineyards, Fáncsi Mountain Winery, Garamvári Vineyards, Gutman Wine Cellar, Hujber winery, AX & Wine Ltd., BB Chapel Hill, Bujdosó Winery, Buzás Vineyards, Buzássy Winery, Rádpuszta Vineyards, Fáncsi Mountain Winery, Garamvári Vineyards,  Gutman Wine Cellar, Hujber Wine Cellar, Icon Wine Cellar, Soldier Winehouse, Small Laki Wine Manufactory, Konyári  Wine Cellar, Koltai Wine Cellar, Légli Vineyard,  Országh Winery Cellar, Podmaniczky Wine Cellar, Pócz Wine Cellar, St. Kristóf (Christopher) Cellar, Topos cellar, Veszprém Cellar.

I know it would not be fair to highlight just a couple of wines, but these fresh and easily consumable wines tasted absolutely worthwhile to give it a try:  Rádpuszta Vineyards at Balatonuszta, the heavenly semi-dry Italian Riesling, Bújdosó Winery at Balatonlelle – ,  Buzás Winery Cellar at  Kötcse, BB Chapel Hill at Boglárlelle – red, white, rosé and sparkling champagne,  Gutman Wine Cellar  at Kötcse – recommended to those who fancy the artisan-organic trend, Skizo Winehouse  at Badacsonytördemic – table and quality wines, Fancsi Hegyi Cellar at Kötcse – chardonnay, Podmaniszky Vineyard and Cellar at  Balatonföldvár,  Mr. Irsai (Irsai Oliver).

Definitely a stunning experience to visit  Rádpuszta Center  where all in one can be visited: the  wine cellar – winery – museum – exhibition hall –  adventure park at your fingertips. Surely this is what is called a Leisure Center!  Also spending a day-or-two at the picked cellar at South Balaton Wine Region.

Several Balaton wineries offer experience all year round to visit their cellar, taste and purchase their wines on the spot at more than 40 wineries.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter