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The 31st Buda Castle Wine Festival 2022.

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To-day’s press conference was held at the Bár Bistro whereas attended by: Zoltán Zilai, Managing Director of Hungarian Vine and Wine Culture Nonprofit Ltd., Márk Maczelka – Communications Manager of SPAR Hungary Commercial Ltd., Dr. Andrejszki Richárd – owner-manager of Chefmarket, Rita Oláh – Budapest Wine Festival press chief, Dr Gábor Antal – Budapest Wine Festival main organizer – wine expert. They provided information on the programs to the forthcoming 31st Budavári Wine Festival2022. The topics was the wines and winemakers appearing at the festival, and the culinary specialties to be tasted during the event.

This year’s as the foreign guest arriving from the other side of the Ocean is welcoming visitors with their wines from the United States of America. At two stands the winemakers from the Region of California, Washington D.C.and Oregon will introduce the wines by themselves to the Hungarian public. Along with the fantastic wines also the taste classic American dishes on the spot.

This year, the Budapest Wine Festival will be held September 8 and 11. since the harvest is/was also earlier this year.

SPAR – Hungary has been the main supporter of the Budapest Wine Festival since 2007, embracing the most important products of Hungarian agriculture, Hungarian wines and wineries. According to the company, wine is a unique – gastronomic and cultural – asset that must be nurtured. Was told in Hungary there are 600 SPAR Stores and at the largest stores the customers will really have to be patient if they wish to examine the 550 kinds of wines available.The Regional Treasure wines will be available, provided with a small golden label. There will also be professional programs at the Wine Festival where smaller winemakers will present their new products. At the SPAR stand there will be this year again the popular coupon sale, drink 3 get the 4th free. May taste the “Kősziklás” – Stone Rock barrel wine which rich in body as the nature of the made in New-Zealand wine… no wonder of that rich taste, the winemaker studied the production method over there.

At this year’s Wine Festival for many will be a Premier program … visitors get a chance to discover wines that will be making their debut on the market during the week of the event.

In a short time need not have to be curious about Hungarian wines cause within the 4-day will be an awesome event where the visitors can sample wines from all over the country’s superb winemakers.

Not only will the best wines from the VinAgora International Wine Competition be showcased at the festival, but also the medalists of other prestigious from foreign events.

Wine without food is as having a half glass instead of a full glass, so the elegance of the wine festival does not leave behind the presence of special gourmet snacks in addition in offering traditional festival dishes. This year, the „Chef Market Gourmet Udvar” will make its debut, where the chefs of the emblematic restaurants of the Hungarian hospitality personal presence, treat the audience of the Wine Festival with freshly prepared food specialties that also serve the wine tasting well.

Traditionally one of Europe’s most prestigious gastronomic events (maybe not a new information of the venue and wines who have once visited will surely be up the Buda hill again, right?). On the terraces of the Buda Castle with sumptuous panorama of Budapest, you can once again meet the best domestic and foreigner winemakers, as well as “only now on the spot!” with their exceptional items.

Two main stage with 30 preforming artists. “Music is in the air”… can’t miss the beat along when the stage and the venue fills with pop, jazz, blues, gospel, cumbia, funky, sanzon, latin rythm concerts. Senna – singer shows her meditative, spiritual face at the main concert on Sunday closing this year’s Wine Festival. Cultural programs accompany in rich festival mood with folk dance and cultural heritage groups in their unique folk costumes arriving from the various wine regions in Hungary.

Wine as part of the universal culture in a unique environment on a global scale, providing an unforgettable festival experience for all visitors, both Hungarian and foreigners.

Budapest Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, local gastronomy, or just relax and admire the fantastic view form the terraces of Buda Castle.

Daily Ticket Prices and Showtime Entertainment in English:

Riport and snaps 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