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Best Wines of the Lake Balaton Region Revealed

Hungary Today 2024.06.17.
View from a Badacsony vineyard

At the 21st Balaton Wine Competition, the largest wine contest of the Balaton Wine Region, the best wines were selected by a professional jury from more than 200 wines this year. 41 producers from the six Balaton wine regions brought 204 wines: 139 white, 33 red, 17 rosé, 10 sparkling, and five semi-sparkling wines competed, Turizmus.com reports.

The list of judges was enriched by renowned authors and wine academics, in addition to the region’s winemakers. The south Balaton wine region was not only strong in rosé and red, it also produced the best sparkling wine. The Badacsony region provided the winning dessert wine, while the winning white wine was named from the Balaton-Highlands region.


The best wines of the Balaton Wine Region 2024:

  • Best white wine: Veszprém Archdiocese Winery, Mandorla Sauvignon Blanc 2023
  • Best red wine: Androsics Wine Estate, Merlot 2021
  • Best rosé wine: Bujdosó Vineyard and Winery, Mentőöv Blaufränkisch rosé 2023
  • Best sparkling wine: Garamvári Vineyard, Garamvári Lellei Furmint Brut 2019
  • Best dessert wine: Varga Winery, Aranymetszés Raisined Pinot Gris 2013.

The special prize of the chairman of the jury was awarded to Karós Badacsony Welschriesling of Borbély Family Winery limited selection 2021. The special prize of the Balaton Development Council was awarded to the Balatonbor (Balaton wine) of Veszprém Winery.

The special prize of the Balaton Wine Region Council went to a wine made from a resistant grape variety, the Rádpuszta Wine Estate’s Hibernál 2023. The special prize of the social jury went to János Varga’s Merlot 2021. The HUF 50,000 (EUR 126) special prize of Szervin Kft. was awarded to Garamvári Wine Estate’s Cserszegi Fűszeres 2023, the wine with the highest score in the competition.

Mandorla Sauvignon Blanc 2023, the best white wine of the Balaton region competition. Photo: Facebook/Veszprémi Érsekség

“Wine, harvest festivals, and related gastronomic events are one of the most important elements of the ‘non-summer Balaton offer.’ Thanks to dedicated producers, Balaton restaurants can offer quality Balaton wines,” said Péter Princzinger, CEO of VisitBalaton365.

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Via Turizmus.com, Featured image: Facebook/Tourinform Badacsony

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