The prestigious competition called Monde Selection recently took place, where 70 expert judges found the quality of a number of Hungarian wines extraordinary, awarding three of them grand gold quality labels.
The annual competition first started in 1961, with 28 countries competing. According to Szeretlekmagyarorszag, altogether seven grand gold quality labels are up for grabs. This year, three of them went to Hungarian wine producers, while four other “regular” golds were also awarded to Hungarian wines.
Hungarians did extraordinarily well at the international competition. Two wine producers received grand gold quality labels while several others got gold qualifications. Varga Winery, one of the winners of the grand gold, is a first-time winner of the highest qualification, yet right away, they received two of the prestigious award. One of their products called Royal Egri Hárslevelű already won gold medals in Paris and Berlin about a month ago.
Hungarian winners of the 2019 Monde Selection
Varga Winery Ltd.
Grand gold: Varga Aranymetszés Szürkebarát 2015
Grand gold: Varga Royal Egri Hárslevelű 2017
Gold: Varga Aranymetszés Olaszrizling 2011
Varga Winery Ltd. is a family project started by Péter Varga and his wife in January 1993. Today, their two sons also help out, and they would like to keep this tradition going and have their families involved, too. Their aim is to cater for the transformed needs of Hungarians who pay attention to tasting the wine and enjoying unique and interesting flavours now more than ever. Their wines have a fruity, fresh quality to them. Varga Winery Ltd. aims to be environmentally friendly, too, which can be observed in the bottles they use, for example.
Pannon Tokaj Ltd.
Grand gold: Pannon Tokaj Aszú 5 Puttonyos Sweet 2014
Gold: Pannon Tokaj Szamorodni Sweet 2016
Bodri Winery Ltd.
Gold: Szekszárdi Optimus Cuvée 2016
Gold: Fritz Borház Szekszárdi Bikavér 2015
Gold: Fritz Borház Szekszárdi Primus Cuvée 2016
Monde Selection takes a unique approach towards assessing wines. As they claim on their site, “Monde Selection is not like other contests or competitions. Your product is not compared with other products in its category. Our experts assess the intrinsic quality of each product as a whole, according to very precise and very varied criteria.”