THE 4TH Nation-Wide Slovak Wine Exhibition, held every four years in the western Slovak town of Skalica, was again a hit with visitors and competitors at the end of April. The organisers of the event, which is particularly popular among amateur winemakers, said more than one thousand samples of the best national wines were available for tasting. This year’s event also commemorated the 101st anniversary of the first competitive meeting of vintners in Skalica in 1909.
“The deadline for submitting samples for the competition was between March 23 and April 1, the degustation for the competition took place on April 10, and the public tasting came on April 23 and 24 in the local Franciscan monastery,” the event’s organiser, Ľudovít Branecký, told the TASR newswire. The expert jury, presided over by Gabriela Vojteková, awarded gold medals to the best wines and some offerings were nominated to enter the Wine Salon of the Slovak Republic and the Hall of Fame of Small Carpathian Wines in the town of Pezinok. Apart from evaluating the wines based on points, overall white and red wine champions were named as well as a winning cultivar and the winner of the Prize of the Mayor of Skalica.
The wine exhibition is organised once every four years by the Záhorie Wine Route (Vínna cesta Záhorie), the republic committee of the Slovak Amateur Gardeners’ Association along with the town of Skalica, with support from the European Union’s cross-border cooperation project between Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
“Growing of grape vines and producing good-quality wines has a long tradition in Záhorie and our association connects professionals and wine enthusiasts as well as small farmers. Good wine can also influence the atmosphere and friendly environment of our region,” said Branecký, the chairman of the Záhorie Wine Route, when introducing the work of vintners in the region. Skalica is famous for several very good varietals, especially the red wine cultivars Skalická frankovka and Skalický rubín.
3. May 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská