This year’s winners were announced in the classic white, red, and rosé, premium white and red, sparkling, and dessert wine categories.
A total of 359 wines from 17 wine regions and 61 wineries were entered in this year’s competition, with the first round of the competition being carried out by the experts of the Debrecen Wine Cellar. The wine competition was held on 1st December at the Kölcsey Centre with a prestigious jury made up of well-known personalities from the Hungarian wine industry and wine culture. They selected a total of 106 wines from 25 wineries in 9 wine regions. The judging and rankings were carried out according to the international 100-point scoring system.
At the press event, the certificates were presented by Dr. István Puskás, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen, Gábor Gődény, Managing Director of VisitDebrecen Tourism Nonprofit Kft. and Pál Kovács, full member of the Hungarian Wine Academy, Friend of Wine, publisher of the Debrecen Wine Journal.
The winning wines:
- White Classic: Ákos Sümegi’s Winery, 2020 vintage Chardonnay ’20
- Red classic: Varsányi Winery, 2018 vintage Grand Selection Egri Kékfrankos Superior Boda
- Rosé classic: Szentpéteri Wine Cellars, 2022 vintage Kékfrankos Rosé wine
- White premium: Sol Montis Winery, Olaszrizling 2021 vintage
- Red premium: Thummerer Pince, the 2018 vintage of Egri Syrah Superior Selection
- Dessert: Péter Pincészer 2017 vintage Tokaji 6 puttonyos Aszú
- Sparkling wine: Koch Winery, 2020 vintage Chardonnay Brut sparkling wine
The competition was first announced in 2015. Speaking at the wine presentation on Wednesday, Deputy Mayor István Puskás said, “Culture, including gastronomy, and of course wine culture, plays a very important role in building the city’s regional position and national position. One of these initiatives is the Wines of Debrecen competition, which is to promote good Hungarian wines to the citizens of Debrecen and help Hungarian winemakers become better known in the city and beyond.”
The public will be able to experience the winning wine selection in most of Debrecen’s restaurants and at events related to Hungarian wine culture.