The National Wine Competition, organized by the National Council of Mountain Communities (Hegyközségek Nemzeti Tanácsa – HNT) starts with entries from all twenty-two wine regions of Hungary – reports Világgazdaság.
A wine competition is a contest between winemakers, a point of alignment for wine consumers, and at the same time it has a community-uniting role, Zsolt Feldman, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture pointed out at the opening of the 42nd National Wine Competition in Budapest.
The professional judging system helps consumers to find their way through the huge over-supply of wines, and helps to ensure that quality Hungarian wines are presented to consumers,
he said at the competition organized by the National Council of Mountain Communities. According to him, the Hungarian people’s special attitude to wine is also shown by the fact that they are one of the rare nations that have their own word for wine (bor), while most European nations have taken it from the Latin (vinum).
Zsolt Feldman stressed the importance of the National Wine Competition:
Hungary is the seventh largest wine producing country in the European Union.
HNT registers about 30,000 individuals and companies engaged in viticulture and winemaking, while annual wine production – taking into account the long-term average – is between 3 and 3.5 million hectoliters.
Nearly three quarters of domestic wine lovers do not drink foreign wine at all, which accounts for less than 10% of total consumption.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, the largest traditional producer wine tasting organized by the HNT provides a basis for the professional organization to obtain real information on the Hungarian wine market, to be inspired by the results, to give feedback to producers and to provide orientation to wine consumers. This year, a total of 918 samples were submitted from 252 wineries in all 22 wine regions.
via Világgazdaság, Featured image: Facebook/Hegyközségek Nemzeti Tanácsa