The winners of this year’s Wine of the House Competition were announced on Thursday, with the awards being presented by Speaker László Kövér in the Parliament building in Budapest.
Ottó Légli, winemaker and former president of the National Council of Mountain Communities, concluded the decision of the jury. He noted that 187 bottles from 83 wineries from 17 historic Hungarian wine regions had been submitted for this year’s competition. “The wines were judged in two rounds by a jury made up of professionals, producers, businessmen, and gastronomy representatives,” said Légli.
Awards were presented to the top three winners in nine categories.
In the Welschriesling (Olaszrizling) category, Androsics Estate took first place with its 2022 vintage Olaszrizling Sur Lie, while Péter Winery was the best in the Furmint category with its 2021 vintage Tokaji Furmint Thurzó wine. The best Tokaji aszú also came from Péter Winery, the 2017 vintage Tokaji Aszú (a sweet wine from the Tokaj region in northern Hungary).
László Kövér presents the award to Ákos Péter, winemaker and owner of Péter Winery. Photo via MTI/Szigetváry Zsolt
The winner in the other white wine category was Gróf Degenfeld Vineyard with its Tokaji Organic Terézia Hárslevelű (a sweet wine) from 2022, whereas in the rosé category, Balázs Sike‘s Pinot Noir Rosé from Badacsony (northern shore of Lake Balaton) took first place.
The winner in the Blaufränkisch (Kékfrankos) category was Tamás Günzer‘s Bocor Kékfrankos from 2020. The Bikavér category was won by the 2019 vintage St. László Bikavér from Vesztergombi Cellar.
In the Kadarka category, Eszterbauer Winery’s Kadarka from 2022, took first place, while Tamás Riczu‘s Winery became the winner of the Cabernet Franc category with its Villányi Franc wine from the 2018 vintage.
János Eszterbauer and László Kövér. Photo via MTI/Szigetváry Zsolt
As the speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary, László Kövér said about the competition in 2022: “In our wine competition in the House of Parliament we have been keen to remind our audiences of all generations, of the wisdom of our ancestors. These words were meant to motivate the production of quality wine and encourage Hungarian winemakers to keep pushing ahead on the ever changing road of the wine trade both within and outside of our borders. These ideas led us to create Wine of the House, a wine competition in 2017. The success of the event has been obvious: 51 world class Hungarian wines have so far won the competition, serving as proof of the outstanding achievements of our winemakers.”