While France has Beaujolais Nouveau, Slovakia has St Catherine's wines

This warm summer with an early harvest was a blessing for young wine.

St Catherine's winesSt Catherine's wines (Source: Courtesy of Svätokatarínske Víno)

While Beaujolais Nouveau will go on sale from midnight tonight, the Slovak wine legislation has enabled the selling of young local wines already on November 5.

“Young wine is as charming and attractive as a 16-year-old girl,” Milan Kováčik of Svätokatarínské Víno told The Slovak Spectator, adding that young wine must be fresh, clean with fruit and primary flavours. “But youth does not last forever.”

The wine trademark Svätokatarínske Víno, or St Catherine’s Wine, has been the response of a group of wine experts regarding the sales of young foreign wines here in Slovakia. It is similar to an older tradition in the Czech Republic. There, they have named their young wines after St Martin.

“St Catherine’s is a common brand of winegrowers, which takes care of marketing support and sale of wines with this trademark,” said Kováčik. “This group is open, and the only condition is to produce high quality young wines of specified varieties.”

These are early varieties such as Irsai Oliver, Müller Thurgau or Sauvignon, which are maturing in the middle of the summer. Red wines need to mature a longer time and thus they were excluded from St Catherine’s.

The trademark is a quality label and so each young wine to be labelled must meet strict requirements.

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“Not all registered wines have passed through the degustation jury,” said Kováčik. “It is very important for us to say that St Catherine’s is the best young wine of the season.”

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