Budapest Airport Hosts Its Second Wine Competition Showcasing Nearly 300 Hungarian Wines

By: Trademagazin Date: 2024. 05. 10. 11:59

On May 9th, Budapest Airport held its second annual wine competition, an event aimed at promoting Hungarian viticulture and selecting wines that will represent the airport for the next year. The event took place at Terminal 1 with participation from 87 wineries, contributing a total of 288 wines competing for the coveted BUD Wine title. This year, a new category was introduced, broadening the scope of the competition.

The competition is part of an initiative started last spring by the airport operator to find wines that represent Hungary’s gateway fittingly. It provides an opportunity for local wineries to showcase their finest products. Notably, the event featured a blind tasting session led by wine experts, focusing on selecting premium, gastro, and – as a new addition this year – natural wines that meet the high standards associated with the region’s leading airport.

The wines were judged across five categories: premium red, premium white, gastro red, gastro white, and natural wines. The winning wines from each category will serve as representatives of Budapest Airport at various esteemed events and as business gifts, promoting Hungarian wine culture.

The BUD Wine title winners of this year are:

Premium White Wine: Veszprémi Érseki Pincészet – Mandorla Riesling 2022
Premium Red Wine: Sauska – Cuvée 7
Gastro White Wine: Tűzkő Estate – Gewürztraminer 2023
Gastro Red Wine: Koch Winery – Kadarka 2022
Natural Wine: Gróf Degenfeld Vineyard – Hárslevelű 2023
András Horkay, the chairman of the National Wine Expert Committee and one of Hungary’s most renowned wine experts, served as the patron of the event. The initiative not only highlights the quality of Hungarian wines but also supports the local wineries by elevating their profile on both a national and international stage. The success of this competition demonstrates the airport’s commitment to promoting the rich cultural and wine heritage of Hungary.

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