There’s only one week left until the early bird deadline (15 May) of the 1st Winelovers Wine Awards international wine contest, which will take place on 20–22 June in Budapest, Hungary. The organisers place great emphasis on diversity regarding both the jury members and the grape varieties. Wine judges for the contest will come from numerous countries from New Zealand to Columbia and from the USA to Poland. As regards the grapes, Winelovers Wine Awards welcomes every variety in the world, what’s more, the organisers also encourage winemakers to send samples of lesser known or completely unknown varieties.

Gateway between East and West

Hungary has always functioned as a kind of gateway between East and West, and thanks to its winemaking traditions and values, the country can play a strategic role for those countries wishing to export from the region and to the region. The contest offers a focused presentation on the global wine market for countries exporting from Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, Winelovers Wine Awards offers the opportunity to reach a large, concentrated market for countries aiming to export to Central and Eastern Europe. 

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is easy to reach by plane, train or by car (and even by boat) and shipping wine samples is also fast and easy, especially from other European countries. The contest’s venue is the elegant Continental Hotel Budapest – a historic building, where tradition and modernity come together, offering a unique setting for a unique occasion – and last but not least, it boasts ideal conditions for the competition.

Jury members – the true value of a contest

Winemakers put all their passion and knowledge into the wines they enter, thus a wine contest should meet their requirements and have jury members with the highest level of expertise. Therefore Winelovers Wine Awards have invited Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, importers and head sommeliers of top wine bars and restaurants, wine educators and wine writers with decades of experience. It is highly worthwhile to present wines to these experts, as they are current decision-makers and influential people, and their opinion can be used to further promote wines entered and evaluated.

Winelovers Wine Awards compilatie jury

Left-right: Rose Murray-Brown MW, Julia Scavo DipWSET, Tamás Czink MS, Lenka Sedlackova MW, Essi Avellan MW, Elizabeth Gabay MW

Competitive entry fees and much to gain

Winelovers Wine Awards boasts a competitive entry fee compared to most international wine contests, especially in the early bird period:

until 15 May: €90/sample (€114.30 with no EU VAT number)

from 16 May until 15 June: €110/sample (€139.70 with no EU VAT number).

Wines can win various awards: Grand Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commanded awards, as well as four special prizes, Best of Packaging, Best of Country, Best of Grape Variety and Best of Indigenous Grape Variety. If there are at least ten wines from one country, the wine with the highest number of points and at least a gold medal will be awarded the Best of Country special prize.

The Best of Indigenous Grape Variety award will go to the wine made from either white or black grapes with the highest score among the autochthonous grape varieties entered in the competition.

True visibility of the wine brands

Naturally, the wine contest jury members do not see the wine labels, the name of the wineries, even if they have given the high scores to the wines. At Winelovers Wine Awards, the judging will be blind; however, on the third day, after two days of judging, the Winelovers Expo will take place showcasing all the wines entered in the contest. It will offer the opportunity for jury members to “meet” the brands, to discover which wines they appreciated the most during the judging process and to select the winners of the Best of Packaging award.

Visibility does not end here; it rather begins here. The results will be announced on 4 July 2022 on the Winelovers Wine Awards website. The Winelovers Wine Awards digital magazine with the results will be released on 25 July and will be distributed to at least 4,000 trade members (importers, merchants, HoReCa members, wine writers). The Winelovers 100 print magazine will be released on 17 September 2022 with a circulation of 10,000 copies (trade and consumers).

The Winelovers Wine Awards organising company

It is the first edition of the Winelovers Wine Awards; however, it is not the organisers’ first wine contest. After four editions of the “Winelovers 100 – 100 best Hungarian wines”, the annual wine selection has become a reference point for Hungarian wineries, buyers and consumers. The time has come to open up to the world regarding the members of the jury, the wines entered and the communication of the results.

Trinety Media Ltd is a market leading group in Hungary with a complex portfolio including online wine publications, consumer events, a WSET APP wine school and a wine webshop. The owner and CEO of the portfolio, István Tábor, is an economist, lawyer and one of the most educated wine experts in Hungary.

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Source: press release

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