Moravian wines highly recognized in the US
Outstanding recognition was awarded to Bohemian and Moravian winemakers at the 34th San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Of the 4,570 participants from across the globe, only 123 (or 2.7%) wines were from Czech Republic; yet, the Czech Republic took home 5% of the double gold medals as well as the Best White Wine in the Show! In total, the wines from the Czech Republic amassed an incredible 92 medals. “Such a high share in the awards naturally bears witness to the quality of Moravian and Czech wineries as a whole," according to Pavel Krška, director of the National Wine Centre.
An enormous success has been achieved by the wineries Vinařství Petr Vacenovský and Vinice Hnanice. Petr Vacenovský with his Riesling 2013 late harvest gained not only the award for the best Riesling in the competition but, what is more, his wine was also declared the best white wine in the show! Likewise Vinice Hnanice took home the award for the best wine among "other varieties", meaning lesser known varieties from the world's point of view for his Irsai Oliver 2013 late harvest. "The result for our Irsai Oliver once again confirms the fact that we are creating superb wines in Hnanice even from lesser-known grape varieties. It is no surprise that the wine carries within itself the imprint of its homeland and the winemaker, and in short this is marvelous", said Evžen Kašpárek from the Vinice Hnanice winery.
"The award for the best Riesling is very highly valued and is the proof that even in such a highly competitive category, we can manage to push through with our wine producers making Rieslings on the very highest level. On top of this the victory of the Irsai Oliver is a fine additional bonus, demonstrating that apart from the high quality of the most popular world-renowned varieties our wineries also stand out with their uncommon varietal diversity which never ceases to surprise the world's sommeliers by its attractiveness and top-notch quality," was how Marek Babisz, head sommelier at the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic commented on the event.
Further double gold medals were awarded to:
• Vinice Hnanice for Grüner Veltliner 2013 VOC
• Pavel Binder for Sauvignon 2013 late harvest and Cuvée Binder
Elegance 2013 kabinet
• Vinařství Maděrič for Sauvignon 2013 late harvest
• Vinařství Lacina for Dornfelder 2013 quality wine
• Vinařství Petr Skoupil for Pinot Gris 2013 kabinet and Dornfelder
2011 late harvest
• Znovín Znojmo for Riesling 2013 selection of botrytised berries