SLOVAK wines can now hold their own among top global varieties, according to results from recent international wine competitions. After competitions in Paris and Madrid, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, which took place in Bratislava in May, further confirmed Slovakia’s place on the wine-making map.
Among 8,168 wine samples from all over the world, Slovak wines received 3 ‘big’ gold medals, 19 gold medals and 38 silver ones – thus placing 6th in the ranking of countries which won the most medals.
The contest in Bratislava was organised by the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and the Slovak Tourist Board (SACR) between May 10 and 12, with an international jury consisting of 305 wine-tasters. The annual competition is one of the five biggest events on the international viticulture calendar, taking place in a different European country each year. Slovakia is the first country from eastern Europe to host the competition. The prestigious competition was accompanied in Bratislava by a programme of trips along local wine routes.
Slovakia received the highly coveted ‘big’ gold medals for rosé wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from Martin Pomfy-Mavin and PD Mojmírovce wine-growers, and for a white Riesling from the T & M SK winery. From among the wine regions, the Small-Carpathian, Southern-Slovak, Nitra and Central-Slovak wine-growing regions were the most successful. Also two silver medals were awarded to Tokaj wines from the region of the same name. Alongside the traditional varieties like Riesling or Gewurztraminer, new varieties originating in Slovakia, Dunaj and Devín, were also successful.
France received the highest number of medals (709 out of 2,488 samples), followed by Spain (524 out of 1,664) and Portugal (288 out of 802). Organisers said that in 2013, Slovakia was the country to make the most progress, winning 60 medals out of 214 samples. In total, 2,408 medals were granted at the May competition.