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Harmony of new flavors!

The slogan of 2014 … “Wine and Art” packed in one festival

Hover over on November, 29 – 30. 2014. to the Vajdahunyadvár  (Vajdahunyad Castle) where awaits the good wine lovers.  During the festival there will take place the official voting of the best new wine of the year and namely the best cheese makers. Beside the wine and cheese products of ham, sausages will be present as well.

Ferenc Vilmos – leader candidates have been pleased with the number. Less than a week to come already 55 wine makers and 25 cheese markers called to participate at the festival, but who knows exactly how many producers will show up.  Most of the wine makers agree the bad weather did not do too much good for the grapes, but now can be found out who are those wine makers who had the art in making good wines.

Over the past decade many locals and foreigners staying in Hungary has gain experience of new wine consumer culture pioneered by tasting small farmers and well-known wine makers wines.

There is a wine makers saying … There is wine – there is better wine –  there is my mine!

The gates open at 10 a.m. with a start the tasting, for comparison. The official program on both days starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

Among different types of cheese and the Old Dairy products will be seen and available at Cheeseville!

On Thursday, at 6 p.m. November, 27 2014. at the Europe Point- District II. 35, Lövőház Street there will be lectures concerning wines in English language, with simultaneous English-Hungarian.

The festival also support the foundation … “The young Hungarian wine makers of Tomorrow” .

The participation to both lecture is free of charge, but only pre-registration to the Pont Europe is needed


Updated by Aggie Reiter


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Hungary’s tradition in having the largest wine muster …  the XXXV. National Wine Competition  this year was at Mór, which was organized by the National Council of Wine Communities (HNT).

Early afternoon at the Budapest Music Center  (BMC) was held this year’s  National Wine competition award ceremony, whereas from the four corners of  Hungry’s wine makers,  vineyard owners and family companies, small wineries, the so-called number of „Best Wine of the Year” awarded  wine makers and yet hardly known producers were present along with the media representatives. The wine makers previously headed to Mór in dimensioned their wine products and let alone hosted the competitors with an awesome hospitality.  Only Csongrád county had not signed in the competition. In the year 2013, a total of 319 samples entered the competition which were  judged by local and regional professionals.  Number of samples submitted  this year was 382 wines and champagne. Also international committee was present. The jury consisted of 6-7 members of  professional wine experts. The number of competitors were 118. From the total number of samples  30% received different remuneration. The jury voted 3 big gold, 37 gold and 69 silver prizes were distributed to the excellent wine makers. The XXXV. Jubilee National Wine Competition ended with the result announcement and giving over the prizes by Assistant Secretary of State for Defence dr. Eliza Kiss along with President Tamás Torna (HNT) and András Horkay President of the (OBV). Learnt there were   extremely high entries especially from the wine makers territories of  Villány, Kunsági and Szekszárd. Regarding to the number of competitors  compared to the previous year, 17% more wineries kept in mind the importance of being as competitors  with their wines at one of Hungary’s most important competition. This time in the top 10 grape varieties two from the Carpathian Basin was among the naturalized species. These were: Italian Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Irsai Oliver. It has been said that the most successful female oenologist was Viola Mak Vikmanné and under the  age of 35 years, the young winemaker  Péter Mészáros was recognized. It was told that huge emphasis was put on display in the price and value ratio to help the buyers in finding, having their own beloved wines. The BEST Buy WHITE was the Sauvignon blanc from the Wine Merchant and Production Ltd. The BEST Buy RED was the Hajós-Baja Cabernet Sauvignon from Csaba Koch.  This year, three sophisticated wines had reached the Gold prize …  the Szekszárdi  and the Tokaj wine region receiving the title:  “Honor of Producing”. These were the Mészáros Winehouse,  Puklus  and Takler Winery Cellar. The Puklus Cellar received the Big Gold prize with their „Tokaji Muscat Aszú Essence” from 2003. Dr. József Brazsil, from the Western part of Lake Balaton receiving the Gold prize with the „Riesling Silvaner„ from 2013. The Borbély Family Winery with its “Ice Wine – Italian Reisling”  from Badacsony – Lake Balaton was award with the Gold prize as the best vintage wine. Éva Gálné Dignisz winemaker is by now a regular competitor at Hungary’s wine competitions. This time Eve Gálné Dignisz  – Gal Vineyards and Winery received the Gold prize  for her „Riesling” from 2013.  The Best „Rosé” Gold prize went out to the Szöllősi  Cellar Ltd.   from  Transdanubia region. As the Best Red Wine came from the Mészáros Wine House receiving the Gold prize with its „Merlot Reserve” from 2011., Szekszárd. The Best carbonated products Gold prize winners were given to  the Nyilasi Cellar with its „Fizzyzzz” – 2013., and the „Chardonnay Brut” – 2011 produced by the Törley Champagne Cellars.

 At the end of the prize winner’s ceremony, the competitors,  invited guests and the media representatives were invited to go for tasting the Gold and Silver  prized  superb wines.

Update and snaps  by Aggie Reiter


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Wine Gala – official award ceremony

VinAgora was founded in 1992 and up to present it is considered to be in the World’s ten most respective international wine  competition.  During the competition Hungary was not the only the one representing numerous domestic wines, but  a significant number of bottles arrived (unfortunately, pitty without some of their wine makers). Hearing the numbers of participants from the foreigner countries and the number of bottles of wine in the competition made me feel as floating in a huge pond filled with wines. As it was told at the award ceremony, 19 countries have participated with 579 kind of different wines and within that number also a couple of champagnes.

The award ceremony’s announcement  took place at the New York Palace in Budapest. Locals and foreigner awarded wine makers took the so-called stage and received  congratulations  to their awards  from the founder Mr. Dr. Miklós Kállay – president of the 15th VinAgora International Wine competition and Mr. Zoltán Zilai – executive director of the wine competition  – organiser of the Hungarian Grape and Wine Culture NP Inc. 

Mr. Dr. Miklós Kállay said: „Q” … „The first VinAgora competition was held in ’92. In those days there were only 119 competitors.  The competition is organized  every second year.  The development is pretty obvious because from the 74% of the wines competing were nearly one-third  from abroad. The samples: 44% of white wine, rose 7% to 32% of red wine, champagne and the so-called still wines. The competition is overseen by the members of the International Federation of Wine Competitions.”

Mr. Zoltán Zilai – executive director said: „Q” … “Was a huge task for the jury judging the high number of wines to give awards, medals of up to 30% of the wines entered in the competition.”

The VinAgora tournament welcomed wines from  Downunder (6 different Gatt wines receiving silver-and-bronz medals). Having a short chat with the representer at the Gatt table was as having a session about what is so unique of the Gatt wines. The young man told me the secret is in the Hallmark Barossa Shiraz‘s characteristic power and opulence origins from the vineyard  that grows in the heart of the Valley Sumptuous furthermore, the blackberry and Satsuma plum flavor on a long and generous palate with notes of licorice. Rodust structure and fine graphite tannins from 18 months in new American and French oak barrels.  He added saying it can be drink now or place it into a cellar for 15 yrs … oh well having to not have any cellar, so went for it on the spot and it was superb. 🙂

Not far from saying … Knowing the fact where Hungary geographically sits …  there is not any country in Europe where there is as much mineral hot water flowing under the ground … The Hungarian Gold!  Can be also be said … at the four corners of its territories has special soil which makes the vineyards  rich  and special tastes of wines, like nowhere else in Europe.   Heading back to the nineteen countries participating  at the international competition, three gold,  five silver medals and a special prizes was given this year to Uruguay’s Bodega Narbona winery Narbona Tannat Roble 2011 having the  title: “Country’s Best” … i.e.“The nation’s top wine”.  Not too much of a surprise,  the winemaker of Agrolaguna  from Croatia received three gold and three silver medals having in the competition twelve bottles of wines. In addition to the still white and red wines category, the entered bottles of champagne also received awards. Well recognised by the jury awarded with the Silver the  Aurora Brut Cardonnay – Serra Gaucha, from Brasil.

After the award ceremony …the tasting started … rolling around the long-and-wide tables, the invited media folks and shortly joining by the visitors having purchased their entry tickets, began the tasting show. The  floor was opened to the visitors from 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. where the estimated number of visitors throughout the day were around one thousand. During  the tasting at the same time with mainly the local wine makers anyone could have gone into a chat. They were curious to know by asking after tasting one-and-another wines, which one took the hook on them and then after they talked in-depth of that special year’s summer condition, the special soil of  the vineyard. Emphasizing the grapes scent and taste  dominant to the wine they are proud to present here at the VinAgora. Had to concentrate which are the wines preferring to taste, cause naturally even having a sip of couple and not all of the overall of 579 different wines which would have had been more than dangers!

Such competition is also a grand opportunity in learning the differences, whereabouts of a famous local and foreigner wine regions. They say in a competition there are always winners and losers. Here there were not any losers and most of all the visitors have had a chance to not just simply have a glass of wine but at the same time to know more about where it comes from and the manner it is produced and last but not least to meet the wine makers personally.

“VinAgora best Hungarian Type Wine” named “Olaszrizling” group by the Neszmély Szöllősi Winery. In 2011 “Melegeshegy Riesling” was awarded the prize and at the same time the winery was awarded as the “Most Successful Family Winery”  Five wines named after his family name has been awarded this year!  In 2013 “Rosé Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon”, “Merlot” and “Gamay” blending by the Rose Mundial at Cannes – France, also deserved gold award.

Another excellent rosé wine from the Hungarian wine cellar of  Eva Gálné Dignisz has released. In the year 2013 she won the award with her Pinot Noir Rosé 2013.,  as the “Winemaker of the Year”.

Update  and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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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