Cuvée Ostrava

17th International Wine Competition | April 15th, 25th, 2019 | Zábřeh Castle, Ostrava

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Cuvée 2018 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 20. January 2019

Cuvée 2018 Ostrava

The International Wine Competition of the Moravian-Silesian Region

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The 16th edition of this unique international competition of blends and branded wines was held on the 16th and 26th April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N, in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre. The event took place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The initiator and spiritual father of this – the only wine contest taking place in the Moravian-Silesian district – was the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture, the late Professor Vilém Kraus.

Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered into this year’s edition a total of 160 wines in six competition categories:  49 dry white wines (category A1), 32 semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines (A2), 42 red wines (B), 28 rosé wines (C), 7 sparkling wines (D) and 2 sweet and liqueur wines (E). A total of 12 countries sent their samples to this competition: Czech Republic (121 wines), Slovakia (13), Austria (6), Spain (5), Israel (5), Poland (3), Sweden (2), France (1), Italy (1), Argentina (1), Moldova (1) and Bulgaria (1).  Wines which fulfilled the conditions of the competition statutes were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Valtice on 16th April using the 100-point evaluation system under the patronage of the National Wine Centre.  A hundred-point system was used in accordance with the criteria as defined by the National Standards for Certifying wine competitions of the Czech Republic. Wines receiving 90 points or over were in receipt of a great gold medal, wines achieving between 86 and 89.99 points were awarded a gold medal, wines achieving between 83 and 85.99 points were awarded a silver medal. It was decided by the organisers not to award any bronze medals.

A quartet of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Josef Balík, Vladimíra Mrázová and Evžen Kašpárek awarded 2 double gold medals, 19 gold and 51 silver medals.  Local Czech and Moravian wines were honoured with 2 double gold, 13 gold and 36 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Slovakia (2 gold, 4 silver) and Israel (2 gold, 3 silver), followed by the vinously exotic nation of Sweden (1 gold, 1 silver), Austria (2 silver), Argentina (1 gold), Moldova, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Poland (all 1 silver).

The title of Champion in the category of dry white wines was awarded to Slovak cuvée of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc Ferdinand Fussmann Pannonia 2015 (Vinárstvo Golguz, Slovakia) from the wine region of Lesser Carpathians. The red-wine champion was the Israeli Assemblage Eitan 2013 (Barkan Wine Cellars, Israel) made from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The title of National Winner for the best-rated dry white and red wine of local provenance went to Chardonnay-Pinot Blanc Gourmet 2015 (Spielberg CZ, s.r.o., Czech Republic) and to blend of André and Pinot Noir Grande Theodor 2017 (Vinařství Otto Ilčík, Czech Republic). The winner in the merged category of semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines and the sweet and liqueur wines was Cuvée Premium 2015 (ZD Němčičky, Czech Republic) produced from the blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The victor in the Rosé and/or Blanc de Noirs category was cuvée of Lemberger and Cabernet Moravia La Guerre rosé 2015 (Vinařství Válka, Czech Republic). The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Maria Magdalena Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature NV (Proqin s.r.o., Czech Republic), an assemblage of Pinot Noir, Lemberger and St. Laurent. The Israeli producer Barkan Wine Cellars has received an award for the Best Overall Collection of Wines.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the twelfth time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine and Spirits). Jurors who are also FIJEV members nominate for this award those wines that drew attention as much through their exceptional vinous qualities as by their showing the true path winemaking should be taking. Laureates for the year 2018 were the Austrian amphora wine Maro 2013 (Ploder-Rosenberg, Austria) made from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and newly developed crossing Muscaris, together with the Moldovan blend of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc Sinodrea Matur Rezerva 2014 (Vinaria Nobile, Moldova).   

Notional medals and Champion titles were also handed out at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 26th April 2018 by the Committee of the Lay Public. These results permit wine producers and importers to compare the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados. The Champions as chosen by the lay public were the qvevri coupage Aero 2013 (Ploder-Rosenberg, Austria), comprised of grapes from the Sauvignon Blanc, Roter Traminer, Muskateller and Muscaris, and the Altitude 624 2013 (Barkan Wine Cellars, Israel) on the base of Cabernet Sauvignon. National winners were the blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner, St. Antonius 2017 (Víno Blatel, Czech Republic), and the Cuvée Strážnice 2016 (Vinařství Žerotín, Czech Republic), which was made of Lemberger and Zweigeltrebe. The winners in the individual categories were the amber semi-dry Onakvé 2016 (Vinařství Žáček, Czech Republic), which was made from the grapes of Roter Traminer, Zeta, Chardonnay, Aurelius and Riesling, followed by the rosé Zweigeltrebe / Blauer Portugieser 2017 (ZD Němčičky, Czech Republic) and the Crémant de Spielberg 2013 (Spielberg CZ, spol. s r.o., Czech Republic), an assemblage of Riesling, Welschriesling and Pinot Blanc. The best overall collection of wines according the lay public was in accordance with specialised jury that of the Barkan Wine Cellars from Israel.  

The results from this – the one and only international wine competition taking place in Northern Moravia – were made public on 26th April 2018 at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh Castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“.  Thereafter the wine exhibition was made freely accessible to the general public to the plangent sounds of Moravian dulcimer music, while visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with a presentation by Tomáš Dominec titled “Contrasts of the French wine regions” .

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of the Cuvée Ostrava competition is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries.  In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus: “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée” meaning that each and every blend is different.

 

Cuvée 2017 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 21. January 2018

Cuvée 2017 Ostrava

The International Wine Competition of the Moravian-Silesian Region

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The 15th edition of this unique international competition of blends and branded wines was held on the 10th and 27th April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N, in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre. The event took place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The initiator and spiritual father of this – the only wine contest taking place in the Moravian-Silesian district – was the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture, the late Professor Vilém Kraus.

Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered into this year’s edition a total of 140 wines in six competition categories: 32 dry white wines (category A1), 40 semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines (A2), 22 red wines (B), 25 rosé wines (C), 9 sparkling wines (D) and 12 sweet and liqueur wines (E). A total of 7 countries sent their samples to this competition: Czech Republic (107 wines), Slovakia (21), Denmark (5), Spain (2), Austria (2), Sweden (2) and Bulgaria (1). Wines which fulfilled the conditions of the competition statutes were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Château Valtice on 10th April using the 100-point evaluation system under the partonage of the National Wine Centre. A hundred-point system was used in accordance with the criteria as defined by the National Standards for Certifying wine competitions of the Czech Republic. Wines receiving 90 points or over were in receipt of a great gold medal, wines achieving between 86 and 89.99 points were awarded a gold medal, wines achieving between 83 and 85.99 points were awarded a silver medal. It was decided by the organisers not to award any bronze medals.

A quartet of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Josef Balík, Radomil Baloun and Oldřich Drápal awarded 2 double gold medals, 26 gold and 39 silver medals. Local Moravian wines were honoured with 1 double gold, 15 gold and 28 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Slovakia (1 double gold, 8 gold, 5 silver) followed by Spain (2 gold), Denmark (1 gold, 2 silver), Austria (2 silver), Sweden (1 silver) and Bulgaria (1 silver).

The title of Champion in the category of dry white wines was awarded to cuvée Sauvignon / Pinot Blanc 2015 (Vinařství Jan Plaček, Czech Republic) from the Znojmo wine sub-region. The red-wine champion was a Spanish blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Finca Sanguijuela 2009 (Bodega F. Schatz, Spain). The prize for the best-rated red wine of local provenance went to Cuvée 1362 Blatnicz Superior 2013 (Víno Hruška s.r.o., Czech Republic) made from the Zweigeltrebe, Pinot Noir and Blaufränkisch (Lemberger) grape varieties.

The winner in the category of semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines was Cuvée MT+MM 2016 (Vinařství Tichý, Czech Republic) produced from the blend of the Müller-Thurgau and Moravian Muscat cultivars. The victor in the Rosé and/or Blanc de Noirs category was Eminhof André / Frankovka (Lemberger) 2015 (Diana Moravia s.r.o., Czech Republic). The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Matthias Pinot Chardonnay Sekt NV (Proqin s.r.o., Czech Republic), an assemblage of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. The winner among the sweet and liqueur wines was the Tokajská výberová esencia 1999 (Tokaj & Co. s.r.o., Slovakia), produced from the botrytised berries of Furmint, Lipovina (Hárslevelü) and Yellow Muscadelle. The Slovak producer Tokaj & Co. s.r.o. has thus received an award for the Best Overall Collection for the fourth time this year.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the eleventh time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine and Spirits). Jurors who are also FIJEV members nominate for this award those wines that drew attention as much through their exceptional vinous qualities as by their showing the true path winemaking should be taking. Laureates for the year 2017 went to the Danish sparkling wine DON´s Rosé Brut 2015 (Skærsøgaard Vin, Denmark) made from Rondo, a grape for whose birth Professor Vilém Kraus was responsible, together with the Gemischter Schmatz 2016 (Weingut Weinwurm, Austria), a traditional product from the collective harvesting and processing of grapes from mixed plantings of Neuburger, Pinot Blanc and Welschriesling.

Notional medals and Champion titles were also handed out at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 27th April 2017 by the Committee of the Lay Public. These results permit wine producers and importers to compare the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados. The Champions as chosen by the lay public were the blend 4 Živly 2015 (Karpatská Perla s.r.o, Slovakia), comprised of grapes from the Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Aurelius and Pinot Gris varieties, and the Finca Sanguijuela 2009 (Bodega F. Schatz, Spain), which was also a winner with the specialised committee. The highest marked red wine of local provenance was the blend of Dornfelder with Cabernet Moravia, Element Ignis 2015 (Bojanovský sklep Uherek, Czech Republic). The winners in the individual categories were once again in accordance with the those of specialised jury with the semi-dry Cuvée MT+MM 2016 (Vinařství Tichý, Czech Republic) and Matthias Pinot Chardonnay Sekt (Proqin s.r.o, Czech Republic), followed by the coupage of Frankovka (Lemberger) and Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Francs 2016 (Vinařství Jan Plaček, Czech Republic) and the Tokajský výber 5-putňový 2003 (Tokaj & Co., s.r.o, Slovakia). Likewise the best overall collection of wines according the the lay public was that of the firm Tokaj & Co. from Slovakia.

The results from this – the one and only international wine competion taking place in Northern Moravia – were made public on 27th April 2017 at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh Castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“. Thereafter the wine exhibition was made freely accessible to the general public to the plangent sounds of Moravian dulcimer music, while visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with a presentation by Tomáš Dominec titled “Bordeaux Alternatif“.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of the Cuvée Ostrava competition is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries. In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus: “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée” meaning that each and every blend is different.

 

Cuvée 2016 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 08. January 2017

Cuvée 2016 Ostrava

The International Wine Competition of the Moravian-Silesian Region

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The 14th edition of this unique international competition of blends and branded wines was held on the 18th and 28th April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N, in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre. The event took place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The initiator and spiritual father of this – the only wine contest taking place in the Moravian-Silesian district – was the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture, the late Professor Vilém Kraus.

Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered into this year’s edition a total of 158 wines in six competition categories: 27 dry white wines (category A1), 31 semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines (A2), 46 red wines (B), 25 rosé wines (C), 15 sparkling wines (D) and 14 sweet and liqueur wines (E). A total of 11 countries sent their samples to this competition: Czech Republic (86 wines), Slovakia (30), Spain (8), Poland (8), France (5), Italy (4), Netherlands (4), Sweden (4), Portugal (3), Bulgaria (3) and Denmark (3).  Wines which fulfilled the conditions of the competition statutes were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Château Valtice on 18th April using the 100-point evaluation system under the partonage of the National Wine Centre.  A hundred-point system was used in accordance with the criteria as defined by the National Standards for Certifying wine competitions of the Czech Republic. Wines receiving 90 points or over were in receipt of a great gold medal, wines achieving between 86 and 89.99 points were awarded a gold medal, wines achieving between 83 and 85.99 points were awarded a silver medal. It was decided by the organisers not to award any bronze medals.

A quartet of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Josef Valihrach, Radomil Baloun and Martin Prokeš awarded three great gold medals, 36 gold and 49 silver medals. Local Moravian wines were honoured with 1 great gold, 17 gold and 32 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Slovakia (1 great gold, 9 gold, 7 silver) followed by Spain (3 gold, 1 silver), Italy (2 gold, 2 silver), France (1 gold, 2 silver) and Portugal (1 gold, 1 silver). sensational were the wines of the “polar“ winemakers from Sweden (1 great gold, 2 silver), Poland (2 gold), Denmark (1 gold, 1 silver) and the Netherlands (1 silver).

Champion of the category of dry white wines was the blend of Riesling and Pinot Blanc Cuvée Thomas 2015 (Víno Hruška, Czech Republic) from the Slovácko wine sub-region. The red-wine champion was Acinipo Reserva 2006 (Bodega F. Schatz, Spain) made on the basis of the Lemberger grape variety coming from a vineyard not far from Málaga. The prize for the best-rated red wine of local provenance went to a cuvée of Dornfelder and Frankovka (Blaufränkisch) Element Ignis 2015 (Bojanovský sklep Uherek, Czech Republic). The victor in the category of semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines and holder of a historic first great gold medal for Sweden was the branded wine Nordic Light 2014 (Vingården i Klagshamn, Sweden) from the varieties Solaris and hailing from the Skåne region. The winner in the category of rosé wines was Leontýnka 2015 (Marek Štýbl – Vitis Moravia, Czech Republic). The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Crémant de Spielberg 2012 (Spielberg CZ, Czech Republic), an assemblage of Welschriesling, Riesling and Pinot Blanc. The winner among the sweet and liqueur wines was the Tokaj selection 5-puttonyos 1999 (Tokaj & Co, Slovakia), produced from the dried berries of Furmint, Hárslevelü and Yellow Muscadelle, which at the same time became the winner of the award for the best overall collection of wines for the third time running.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the tenth time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine and Spirits). Jurors who are also FIJEV members nominate for this award those wines that drew attention as much through their exceptional vinous qualities as by their showing the true path winemaking should be taking. The laurels for the 2016 edition were shared by the the Swedish wine Klagshamn Rosé 2015 (Vingarden i Klagshamn, Sweden) from Rondo, a grape variety created by none other than Professor Vilém Kraus, alongside another wine from grapes formerly well known in this country, Grüner Sylvaner / Blauer Sylvaner 2015 (Vinařství Fasora, Czech Republic).

Notional medals and Champion titles were also handed out at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 28th April 2016 by the Committee of the Lay Public. These results permit wine producers and importers to compare the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados. The lay public’s Champion was the cuvée of Yellow Muscadelle, Traminer and Riesling Pátý Element 2014 (Bojanovský sklep Uherek, Czech Republic), in tandem and in agreement with the specialists’ choice Acinipo Reserva 2006 (Bodega F. Schatz, Spain). The highest rated red wine of local provenance was the cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Saint Laurent Skale Family Reserva 2011 (Vinařství Springer, Czech Republic). Victors in their individual categories were semi-dry cuvée of Pinot gris, Traminer and Pálava Kienberg 2015 (Vican rodinné vinařství, Czech Republic), followed by the blend of Cabernet Colonjes and Regent Rosé Frederique 2015 (Wijnhoeve de Colonjes, Netherlands), Champagne Bernard Rémy Carte Blanche (Bernard Rémy, France) and once again in agreement with those of the specialised committees Tokajský výber 5-putňový 1999 (Tokaj & Co., Slovakia). The best overall collection of wines went to the Bojanovský sklep Uherek (Czech Republic).

The results from this – the one and only international wine competion taking place in Northern Moravia – were made public on 28th April 2016 at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh Castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“.  Thereafter the wine exhibition was made freely accessible to the general public to the plangent sounds of Moravian dulcimer music, while visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with a presentation by the New Zealand winery Saint Clair Family Estate titled “There’s no Kiwi like a Kiwi“.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of the Cuvée Ostrava competition is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries. In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus: “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée” meaning that each and every blend is different.

 

Cuvée 2015 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 17. January 2016

Cuvée 2015 Ostrava

The International Wine Competition of the Moravian-Silesian Region

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The 13th edition of this unique international competition of blends and branded wines was held on the 13th and 23rd April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N, in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre which has its headquarters in Valtice. The event took place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The initiator and spiritual father of the only wine contest taking place in the Moravian-Silesian district was the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture, the late Professor Vilém Kraus, who passed away in June two years ago.

Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered into this year’s edition a total of 123 wines in six competition categories:  27 dry white wines (category A1), 27 semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines (A2), 34 red wines (B), 10 rosé wines (C), 8 sparkling wines (D) and 17 sweet and liqueur wines (E). A total of 10 countries sent their samples to this competition: Czech Republic (65 wines), Slovakia (20), Poland (16), Portugal (8), Spain (5), Italy (4), Denmark (2), France (1), Chile (1) and New Zealand (1).  Wines which fulfilled the conditions of the competition statutes were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Château Valtice on 13th April using the 100-point system under the partonage of the National Wine Centre.  A hundred-point system was used in accordance with the criteria as defined by the National Standards for Certifying wine competitions of the Czech Republic. Wines receiving 90 points or over were in receipt of a great gold medal, wines achieving between 86 and 89.99 points were awarded a gold medal, wines achieving between 83 and 85.99 points were awarded a slver medal. It was decided by the organisers not to award any bronze medals. The defining limit for gold and silver medals were tightened in comparison with last year. An integral element of the complex assessment process (an average of 6 minutes per each sample of wine) was the evaluation of the intensity and aromatic profiles of each wine being judged, details of which serve better to provide feedback for the producers than simply offering them the number of points awarded.

A quartet of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Josef Balík, Bronislav Pavelka and Josef Valihrach awarded one great gold medal, 19 gold and 47 silver medals.  Local Moravian wines were honoured with 6 gold and 28 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Slovakia (7 gold, 8 silver) followed by Portugal (2 gold, 2 silver), Spain (2 gold, 1 silver) and Italy (1 gold, 2 silver). The first great gold medal in the history of Cuvée Ostrava was awarded to a wine from Chile. sensational were the 1 gold and 4 silver medals given to the vinously exotic nation of  Poland as well as the 2 silver medals to sparkling wines coming from Denmark.

The title of Champion among the dry-white wines was won by Slovakia for a blend of Pinot Blanc / Pinot Noir / Chardonnay 2014 late harvest (Karpatská Perla s.r.o., Šenkvice) from the Lesser Carpathian wine region. The highest marked local wine was from the Mikulov region Cuvée Klárka 2010 late harvest (Jaroslav Drmola, Bavory), a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Champion in the red-wine category and holder of the historical first ever great gold medal at Cuvée Ostrava was the Chilean Santa Alicia Millantu 2010 (Viña Santa Alicia S.A. / importer Víno Hruška s.r.o.), produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carménère grape varieties which had ripened in Maipo Valley.  The prize for the highest rated red wine of local provenance went to the cuvée Neronet / Blauburger 2013 (Ampelos – ŠSV Znojmo a.s., Vrbovec).

The victor in the category of semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines was the blend of Kerner and Riesling Kerka 2013 late harvest (Vinice – Hnánice s.r.o.) hailing from the Znojmo wine sub-region. Winner on the rosé wine category was Frankovka / Zweigeltrebe 2014 Moravian land wine (Střední odborná škola vinařská a Střední odborné učiliště zahradnické, Valtice). The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Stephanus Riesling Sekt (Proqin s.r.o., Velké Němčice), an assemblage of Welschriesling and Riesling. The winner in the category for sweet and liqueur wines was the Tokaj selection 6-puttonyos 2006 (Tokaj & Co, s.r.o, Malá Tŕňa), produced from the dried berries of Furmint, Hárslevelü and Yellow Muscadelle, which at the same time became the winner of the award for the best overall collection of wines.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the eighth time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine and Spirits). Jurors who are also FIJEV members nominate for this award those wines that have drew their attention for their exceptional qualities and attractive pricing, wine-making performances, in other words, wines that show the road winemaking should be taking. The laurels for the 2015 edition were shared by the Andalucian Botani 2014 (José Ordoñez & Co., Veléz Málaga), a dry brand wine made from Moscatel de Málaga together with the blend of the world-renowned variety Pinot Blanc and Ranuše muškátová created by Professor Vilém Kraus, 2012 Moravian land wine (Roman Filípek, Kyjov).

Notional medals and Champion titles were also handed out at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 23rd April 2015 by the Committee of the Lay Public. These results permit wine producers and importers to compare the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados.  The lay public’s Champion, as well as of the specialised committee,  was the Slovak cuvée of Pinot Blanc / Pinot Noir / Chardonnay 2014 late harvest (Karpatská Perla s.r.o., Šenkvice), in tandem with another Slovak assemblage, on this occasion Cabernet Sauvignon and Alibernet, Clef de Sol 2011 (Roman Janoušek, Pezinok). The highest rated white wine of local provenance was the cuvée of Chardonnay, Pinots Gris and Blanc Pinot 333 Exclusive 2013 late harvest (Rajhradské klášterní s.r.o., Rajhrad) and the highest rated local red wine was the coupage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Frankovka Maharal 2009 pozdní sběr (Tanzberg Mikulov, a.s.). Víctors in ther individual categories were once again in agreement  with those of the specialised committees Stephanus Riesling Sekt (Proqin s.r.o., Velké Němčice) and Tokajský výber 6-putňový 2006 (Tokaj & Co., s.r.o., Malá Tŕňa), followed by the blend of Saint Laurent with Merlot Rosé Kozí horky 2014 kabinetní (Vinařství Vajbar Bronislav, Rakvice) and the semi-dry cuvée of Hibernal and Pinot Gris Grand Chateau Hibruš 2013 Moravian land wine (Vinařství Chateau Lednice a.s.). The best overall collection of wines was also in agreement with the specialists’ choice – the firm Tokaj & Co.

The results from this – the one and only international wine competion taking place in Northern Moravia were made public on 23rd April 2015 at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh Castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“.  Thereafter the wine exhibition was made freely accessible to the general public to the sounds of Moravian dulcimer music, while visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with a presentation by Cantina Madrevite on the theme “Umbria – Unknown Wines from the Papal Lands“.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of Cuvée Ostrava competition is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries.  In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus: “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée” meaning that each and every blend is different.

Cuvée 2014 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 02. June 2014

Cuvée 2014 Ostrava

The International Wine Competition of the Moravian-Silesian Region

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Cuvée 2014 Results
Cuvée2014 Press Release

 

The twelfth edition of this unique international competition of blends and branded wines was held on the 14th and 24th April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N, in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre which has its headquarters in Valtice. The event took place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The initiator and spiritual father of the only wine contest taking place in the Moravian-Silesian district was the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture, the late Professor Vilém Kraus, who passed away in June last year.

Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered into this year’s edition a total of 117 wines in six competition categories: 24 dry white wines (category A1), 23 semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines (A2), 37 red wines (B), 15 rosé wines (C), 6 sparkling wines (D) and 12 sweet and liqueur wines (E). A total of 8 countries sent their samples to this competition: Czech Republic (65 wines), Slovakia (19), Portugal (8), Spain (7), The Netherlands (6), Poland (5), France (4) and Italy (3). Wines which fulfilled the conditions of the competition statutes were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Château Valtice on 14th April. A hundred-point system was used and only wines receiving 85 or more points were awarded a gold medal. Silver medals were given to wines receiving between 82 and 84.99 points. The organisers were bound by the rules not to award more than 30% of all the wines entered in the competition. This regulation was exercised with regard to the individual categories. An integral element of the complex assessment process (an average of 6 minutes per each sample of wine) was the evaluation of the intensity and aromatic profiles of each wine being judged, details which serve better to provide feedback for the producers than simply offering them the number of points received.

A quartet of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Josef Valihrach, Bronislav Pavelka and Helena Baker, and including, among others, Darrel Joseph, Central-European correspondent of the Decanter magazine, alongside other experienced jurors, such as Radomil Baloun and Alois Masaryk, was composed of jurors coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, USA and Great Britain. These awarded a total of 20 gold and 19 silver medals. Local Moravian wines were honoured with 8 gold and 12 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Slovakia (7 gold, 1 silver) followed by Portugal (1 gold, 3 silver). A sensation came in the 2 gold medals awarded to the exotic wine-producing nation of The Netherlands, whilst 2 silvers go to Italy and 1 gold to Spain.

The title of Champion among the dry-white wines went to a blend of the popular cultivars Chardonnay and Riesling entitled Grand Cuvée 2013 Selection of Grapes (Moravíno s.r.o) from the Mikulov wine sub-region. Champion in the red-wine category was the cuvée Premium HF 2011 (Vino Hort s.r.o.), a blend of the Syrah and Grenache grapes which had ripened in southern France in the wine region of Corbières. The prize for the highest-rated red wine of local provenance was granted to Cuvée Filip Barrique 2011 Moravian Vin de Pays (Richard Tichý, Hrušky), being a coupage of newly crossed cultivars Nitra, Dunaj, Dornfelder and Neronet.

The victor in the category of semi-dry and semi-sweet white wines was the blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris EGO No. 57 2012 (Zámecké vinařství Bzenec s.r.o.). The winning wine in the rosé category was Rosé Franoir 2013 late harvest (Stanislav Čevela family winery, Strážovice) made from Frankovka (Blaufränkisch), Pinot Noir and Merlot. The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Torelló Reserva Brut 2009 (Torelló / importer Vinoteka.es s.r.o.), a Catalan mix of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. The winner in the category for sweet and liqueur wines was the Tokaj selection 6-puttonyos 2006 (Tokaj & Co, s.r.o, Malá Tŕňa), produced from the dried berries of Furmint, Hárslevelü and Yellow Muscadelle, which at the same time became the winner of the award for the best overall collection of wines.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the eighth time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine). Wines having most engaged the FIJEV members who served on the juries for their exceptional qualities and attractive pricing, wine-making performances, in other words, wines that show the road winemaking should be taking. The laurels for the 2014 edition were shared by the Dutch Rosé Frederique 2013 landwijn (Wijnhoeve de Colonjes, Groesbeek) made with  two new crossings Cabernet Colonjes and Regent, and the Moravian sparkling wine from Riesling, Welschriesling and Pinot Blanc Crémant de Spielberg (Spielberg CZ s.r.o., Archlebov).

Notional medals and Champion titles were also handed out at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 24th April by the Committee of the Lay Public. These results permit wine producers and importers to compare the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados. The lay public’s Champion was in accordance with that of the specialists: Grand Cuvée 2013 late harvest (Moravíno s.r.o, Valtice), sharing with the Italian cuvée of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon Umbria Tegolaro 2009 (Azienda Agraria Carini, Perugia). The highest marks for a locally produced red wine went to the blend Zweigeltrebe / Neronet 2009 late harvest (Vinum Moravicum a.s, Bzenec). Victors in the individual categories also accorded with the specialised juries: the Spanish wine Torelló Reserva Brut 2009 (Torelló / importer Vinoteka.es s.r.o.), followed by the Portuguese Eirados Porto 10 Years Old Tawny (Eirados / importer Vínko Konečný a.s.), the Dutch surprise Rosé Frederique 2013 landwijn (Wijnhoeve de Colonjes, Groesbeek) and the semi-dry Moravian cuvée Roter Traminer / Pálava 2010 selection of grapes (Vinum Moravicum a.s, Bzenec). The best overall collection of wines was also in agreement with the specialists’ choice – the firm Tokaj & Co.

The results from this – the one and only international wine competion taking place in Northern Moravia – were made public on 24th April 2014 at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh Castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“. Thereafter the wine exhibition was made freely accessible to the general public to the sounds of Moravian dulcimer music, while visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with Marcel Perez Torelló and his discourse on the theme “Cava – A Walk through the History of Sparkling Wines in Catalunya“.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of Cuvée Ostrava competition is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries. In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus: “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée” meaning that each and every blend is different.

 

Cuvée 2013 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 03. June 2013

Cuvée 2013 Ostrava

International Wine Competition of the Moravian-Silesian Region

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The eleventh edition of this unique international competition of blends and branded wines was held on the 15th and 25th April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N. in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre which is based in Valtice.

The event takes place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The honorary president and spiritual father of the only wine contest of the Moravian-Silesian district is the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture Professor Vilém Kraus.

Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered into this year’s edition a total of 149 wines in six competition categories: 29 white dry wines (category A1), 22 white semi-dry and semi-sweet wines (A2), 65 red wines (B), 13 rosé wines (C), 8 sparkling wines (D) and 10 sweet and liqueur wines (E). A total of 8 countries sent their wines to this competition: Czech Republic (98 samples), Slovakia (16), Spain (13), Poland (11), France (4), Italy (3), Portugal (1) and Chile (1). Wines which fulfilled the conditions of the competition statutes were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Château Valtice on 15th April. A hundred-point system was used and only wines receiving 85 or more points were awarded a gold medal. Silver medals were given to wines receiving between 82 and 84.99 points. The organisers were bound by the rules not to award more than 30% of all the wines entered in the competition. The intensity and aromatic profiles for each wine formed part of the comprehensive evaluation of every sample (an average length of 6 minutes for each sample), which serves the producers as better feedback than the simple number of points received.

A quartet of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Josef Balík, Bronislav Pavelka and Helena Baker was composed of jurors coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Great Britain, who awarded 19 gold and 26 silver medals. Local Moravian wines received 11 gold and 14 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Slovakia (3 gold, 5 silver) and from Spain (3 gold, 2 silver). One gold apiece went to Italy and Chile, whilst two silver medals were received by France, as well as by the somewhat exotic Poland and one silver medal is on its way to Portugal.

The title of Champion among the white wines went to the blend of popular cultivars Chardonnay and Pálava entitled Cuvée Elen 2012 selection of grapes (Pavel Krška – Palavia Vinum, Pavlov) from the Mikulov wine sub-region. Champion in the red-wine category was the Slovak blend of Merlot with the new crossings of Dunaj and Alibernet under the titul of Veterlin 2011 (Elesko a.s., Bratislava). The prize for the highest-rated red wine of local provenence was granted to Bellegrado 2011 (František Zapletal, Břeclav), produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Alibernet and Merlot grape varieties.

The victor in the other white wines category was the Grüner Veltliner-Traminer 2012 late harvest blend (Wine School and Horticultural College of Valtice). The highest rating in the rosé category was received by Cuvée rosé 2012 moravské zemské víno (Víno Holec, Dolní Dunajovice) made from the Zweigeltrebe, Saint Laurent and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Znovín de Lux Brut 2009 (Znovín Znojmo, a.s.), Pinot Blanc and Welschriesling cuvée. The winner in the sweet and liqueur wines category was assemblage of Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Devín and Hetera Tré Ondré 2012 (Víno-Masaryk s.r.o.) from Slovakia. The best overall collection of wines went to the Wine School and Horticultural College of Valtice.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the seventh time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine). Jurors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland who are also members of FIJEV nominate those wines chosen from among the competing samples at Cuvée Ostrava that represent the best value for money, together with their intrinsic overall quality. The laureates of the 2013 edition were the Polish Rose Twelve 2012 (Winnica Płochockich, Daromin) made from the Maréchal Foch and Rondo hybrids, together with Italian blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Umbria Tegolaro 2007 (Azienda Agraria Carini).

Notional medals and titles of Champions were also awarded at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 25th April by the Lay public committee. These results permit wine producers and importers to compare the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados. In total the lay public committee awarded 27 gold and 18 silver medals. The Champions were Cuvée 2009 Moravské land wine (Nesyt Lake Wines, Mikulov) a blend of white grape varieties in which the Pinot Blanc dominated and Chilean assemblage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot Anke Blend 1 2008 Reserva (Santa Alicia / imported by Víno Hruška s.r.o.). The highest rated red wine of local provenance was Bellegrado 2011 jakostní (František Zapletal, Břeclav). Víctors in the individual categories were: Jurigov Ausbruch 2008 (Polnohospodárske družstvo Vajnory; the rosé blend of Saint Laurent and Lemberger Lázeňské cuvée 2012 (Patria Kobylí a.s.); Jaworek Miner 2011 (Winnice Jaworek, Miękinia), an off-dry brand wine from Poland made from the Traminer cultivars and the sparkling wine predominantly featuring the Pinot family bearing the name Charles Sealsfield Brut Klaret 2008 (Znovín Znojmo, a.s.). The best overall collection of wines according to the opinion of the public went to the Patria Kobylí, a.s..

The results from this, the one and only international wine competion taking place in Northern Moravia were made public on 26th April 2013 at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme for the general public with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“. Thereafter the wine exhibition was made accessible to the public to the accompaniment of Moravian dulcimer music and where visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with Joaquín Gay de Montellá Estany (Bodegas Torre del Veguer) and Bonfill Arché Pagès (Celler Arché Pagès) with their “Wines from the Land of Salvador Dalí“.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of Cuvée Ostrava competition is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries. In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus: “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée” meaning that each and every blend is different.

 

Cuvée 2012 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 03. June 2012

Cuvée 2012 Ostrava

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The tenth anniversary edition of the singular international competition of blends and branded wines was held on 16th and 26th April by the Club of Ostrava’s Amateur Wine Evaluators, K.A.H.A.N. in conjunction with the Zámek Zábřeh Hotel in Ostrava and the National Wine Centre which is based in Valtice.

The event takes place with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The honorary president and spiritual father of the only wine contest of the Moravian-Silesian district is the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture Professor Vilém Kraus.

In all Czech and Moravian wine producers and foreign-wine importers entered a total of 99 individual wines in six competition categories: 21 white dry wines (category A1), 20 white semi-dry, semi-sweet and liqueur wines (A2 + E), 36 red wines (B), 13 rosé wines (C) and 9 sparkling wines (D). A total of 9 countries had wines in the competition: Czech Republic (67 samples), Spain (15), Slovakia (7), Poland (4), Denmark (2), France (1), Chile (1), Argentina (1) and South Africa (1). Wines which fulfilled the competition-statute conditions were assessed in the tasting room of National Wine Centre in Château Valtice on 16th April. A hundred-point system was used and only wines receiving 85 or more points were entitled to a gold medal. Silver medals were awarded for wines receiving between 82 and 84.99 points. The organisers were bound by the rules not to award more than 30% of all the wines entered in the competition. This rule was applied within all categories. An absolute novelty was the depth and aromatic profiles of every wine, which served the winemakers as better feedback than the simple number of points received.

A trio of specialised committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík, Docent Josef Balík and Bronislav Pavelka was composed of jurors coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Spain, who conferred 18 gold and 12 silver medals. Local wines were awarded 9 gold and 6 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines emanating from Spain (3 gold, 3 silver) and Slovakia (1 gold, 3 silver). One gold apiece went to France, Argentina, Chile, South Africa along with the somewhat exotic wine nation of Poland. The sample from Denmark, whose wines were being rated in Central Europe for the first time ever, likewise also received a gold medal.

The title of Champion among the white wines went to the Riesling and Traminer Cuvée Binder Elegance 2011 late harvest (Pavel Binder – Family Winery, Rakvice) from the Velké Pavlovice wine sub-region. Champion in the red-wine category was the Spanish blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Samsó Lavinyeta Puntiapart 2009 (Lavinyeta / importer vinoteka.es s.r.o.). The prize for the highest-rated red wine of local provenence was granted to Cuvée Morabernet 2011 Moravian Land Wine (Lukáš Hlinecký, Čejkovice), produced from Cabernet Moravia and Alibernet grapes.

The victor in the other white wines category was EGO No. 57 2011 quality wine (Zámecké vinařství Bzenec s.r.o.), a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The highest rating in the rosé category was received by Grapes Pink 2011 Moravian Land Wine (Wine School and Horticultural College of Valtice) made from the Lemberger (Frankovka) and Blauer Portugieser grape varieties. The winner in the sparkling-wine category was Champagne Bernard Rémy Millésime 2002 (Bernard Rémy / importer Heros vino s.r.o.), a classic cuvée of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The best overall collection of wines went to the Wine School and Horticultural College of Valtice.

Concurrently with this contest was, for the sixth time, the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers on Wine). Jurors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland who were also members of FIJEV nominated one white and one red wine from among the competing samples at Cuvée Ostrava that represented the best value for money, together with their intrinsic overall quality. The 2012 laurels went jointly to the Danish sparkling wine DON´s Cuvée Brut 2010 (Skaersogaard Vin) made from the Solaris, Madeleine Angevine and Sylvaner, together with the Andalusian brand wine Acinipo 2003 (Bodega F. Schatz), made from Lemberger (Frankovka), for which cuvée the grapes grew not far from the city of Málaga.

A notional medal and title of Champion were also awarded at Zámek Zábřeh Hotel on 26th April by the lay public committee. These results permit wine producers and importers to equate the opinions of the specialists with those of wine aficionados. In total the lay public committee awarded 17 gold and 13 silver medals. The Champions were the blend of Chardonnay and Sylvaner from Chasy Family Reserve 2005 (Vinařství Springer a.s.) and the Argentinian assemblage Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Reserva (Pascual Toso / importer Jaroslav Kšána). The highest rated red wine of local provenance was Red Gentleman 2009 late harvest (Velkobílovická vína s.r.o.) produced from Cabernet Moravia and Zweigeltrebe.

The winners in the individual categories were according to the lay public Cuvée Golesz 2009 Likierowe (Roman Mysliwiec – Winnica Golesz), a coupage of the newly-developed Polish variety Jutrzenka and the American resistent cultivar Elmer (Swenson red), Rosálie 2011 late harvest (Martin Šebesta Family Winery), an assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zweigeltrebe, and Champagne Bernard Rémy Millésime 2002 (Bernard Rémy / importer Heros vino s.r.o.), which was the same as for the specialised committee. A matter of interest lay in the way the lay and specialised committees both awarded lower ratings for white wines with higher residual sugar levels.

The results from this one and only international wine competion taking place in Northern Moravia were made public on 26th April at the Cuvée Ostrava Wine Exhibition in Zábřeh castle. Professor Fedor Malík inaugurated the accompanying programme for the general public with his traditional tutored tasting of “Slovak wines at 5 o‘clock“. Thereafter the wine exhibition was made accessible to the public to the accompaniment of Moravian dulcimer music where visitors could sample not only the wines from the competition, but also varietal wines from those Moravian winemakers and importers of foreign wines who were present. The accompanying programme culminated with Josep Serra Pla (Spain) and “Wines from the Land of Salvador Dalí“.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of Cuvée Ostrava is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or brands and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, as is customary in other major wine-producing countries. In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée”.

Cuvée 2011 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 03. June 2011

Cuvée 2011 Ostrava

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The ninth edition of the singular international competition of coupage, assemblage, blends and branded wines was held on 18th and 28th April in the Club of Ostravan Wine Evaluators, K.AH.A.N., in conjunction with the Ostrava Clarion Congress Hotel and the National Wine Centre which is based in Valtice.

The event takes place under the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. The specialised warranter and spiritual father of the only wine contest of the Moravian-Silesian district is the guru of Czech and Moravian vini-viticulture Professor Vilém Kraus.

Producers and wine merchants entered a total of 102 individual wines in six competition categories: 21 white dry wines (category A1), 12 white semi-dry and semi-sweet wines (A2), 46 red wines (B), 5 rosé wines (C), 12 sparkling wines (D), 6 liqueur and sweet wines (E). A total of 7 countries had wines in the competition: Czech Republic (64 wines), Slovakia (17), Spain (14), Tunisia (3), Chile (2), France (1), South Africa (1).

Two Specialised Committees under the direction of Professor Fedor Malík and Doc. Miloš Michlovský awarded 10 gold and 20 silver medals. Wine from Moravia were honoured with 4 gold and 10 silver medals. Most successful among the foreign participants were wines from Slovakia (3 gold, 4 silver), followed by Spain (2 gold, 3 silver), Chile (1 gold, 1 silver) and Tunisia (2 silver). No medals were given to the representatives from France or South Africa. The best collection of wines was judged to be that of the Patria Kobylí a.s. winery (1 gold, 2 silver medals).

The title of Champion among the white wines was the Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc from Moravino Grand Cuvée 2009 late harvest (Moravino s.r.o.) from the Mikulov wine sub-region. The Champion in the red-wine category was the Chilean blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Tabalí Blends Reserva Especial 2007 (Tabalí / importer Heros Vino s.r.o.) and the prize for the highest-rated red wine of local provenence was Patria Cuvée 2007 special selection of berries (Patria Kobylí a.s.), made with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The victor in the white semi-dry and semi-sweet category was Cuvée Klara 2010 Moravian Land Wine (Víno Holec) a coupage of Riesling and Moravian Muscat. The highest rating in the rosé category was received by the Catalan Capita Vidal Rosé Cuvée 2010 (Bodegas Capita Vidal S.L. / imported by vinoteka.es. s.r.o.) produced from the varieties Syrah, Merlot and Garnacha. The winner in the sparkling-wine category was the locally produced Grandioso Demi Sec 2006 (Vinné sklepy Valtice a.s.), from Chardonnay and Riesling grapes. The winner in the liqueur and sweet wine category was from Slovakia Tokaj Saturnia Cuvée 2009 straw wine (J&J Ostrožovič) made from Lipovina and Yellow Muscat.

Concurrently with this contest for the fifth time was the PRIX FIJEV CZ (Special Prize of the International Federation of Journalists and Writers about Wine). The laurels went to Cava Gran Reserva 2004 Fuchs Vidal Cuvée Especial (Bodegas Capita Vidal S.L. / imported by vinoteka.es s.r.o.) and the South African Bilton Sir Percy 2006 (Bilton Wines / importer Staba – Servis Anticor, spol. s.r.o.).

A notional medal and title of Champion was also awarded by the Public Committee. These results are not recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, however, they do permit wine producers and importers to equate the opinions of the specialists with those of the lay public. In accord with the specialised juries, the Public Committee gave its prize to Moravino Grand Cuvée 2009 late harvest (Moravino s.r.o.) and Tabalí Blends Reserva Especial 2007 (Tabalí / importer Heros Vino s.r.o.). As a point of interest sparkling wines received higher marks overall here (the Public Committee awarded 3 gold medals, the special juries gave none) while liqueur and sweet wines on the other hand were less well received by the Public Committee.

The presumptuous aim of the organisers of Cuvée Ostrava is to witness a renaissance of the good name of blends or coupages and their return to the forefront of the products on offer from Czech and Moravian winemakers, similar to the situation in other mature wine-producing nations. In the words of the spiritual father of the competition Professor Vilém Kraus “There’s no Cuvée like a Cuvée”.

Vinoforum 2010 Ostrava

Aktualizováno: 04. June 2010

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Vinoforum 2010 Ostrava

19th Edition of the International Wine Competition
Ostrava 3rd – 5th June 2010

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The 19th edition of the international wine competition VINOFORUM, founded by the former Minister of Agriculture of Slovenia Jože Protner and the Slovak professor of oenology Fedor Malík in 1991, took place in the principal metropolis of the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic. Since its founding, VINOFORUM has been hosted on more than one occasion by such Central European countries as Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Austria, while for the first time the baton will be taken by Poland next year. VINOFORUM has as its goal to equate the quality of wines from the Central European regions with those from the rest of the world and beyond that to widen wine culture not only in those places that are firmly wedded to its traditions.

VINOFORUM 2010 OSTRAVA was organised with the support of the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic and the co-operation of the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava, the Union of Vintners of the Czech Republic and the National Wine Centre by the K.A.H.A.N. association (the Civic Association of Ostrava Wine Aficionados), known above all for being behind the unique international competition featuring blended wines, assemblage of two or more grape varieties, as well as branded wines, CUVÉE OSTRAVA, whose current edition took place under the auspices of VINOFORUM 2010 OSTRAVA (for the first time in the history of VINOFORUM the title of champion was awarded to a blend, whilst the best rated blends in individual categories also received a special Category Winner award for CUVÉE 2010 OSTRAVA).

The total of 476 wines from 15 countries, including such exotic wine-making nations as Poland and the Netherlands, were entered into the VINOFORUM 2010 competition, which took place on 3rd and 4th June in the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava. The international jury was composed of tasters from 10 countries (among others South Africa, Israel and Great Britain) and presided over by Fedor Malík. Individual five-member committees chaired by Jože Protner, Stanka Herjavec, Julij Nemanič, Rupert Hochegger, Pavel Vajčner, Miloš Michlovský and Jaroslav Hlaváč bestowed a total of 156 medals.

The titles of champion in individual categoriers were awarded as follows: In the dry white wine category to the cuvée Pinot Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Vinařství Josef Valihrach, Krumvíř) from Southern Moravia), in the semi-dry/semi-sweet and sweet white wine category to Rumeni Muskat 2006 (Kmetijska Zadruga Metlika) from Slovenia, in the dry red wine category to Tabalí Blends Reserva Especial 2006 (importer Heros Vino s.r.o.) from Chile. The winner of the sparkling-wine category was Château Bzenec Brut (Château Bzenec, spol. s r.o.), the best rosé award went to Frankovka 2009 (Víno-vín Morava s.r.o.) and finally the best liqueur wine was, perhaps surprisingly, Jutrzenka 2009 (Winnica Golesz) of Poland.

The two annual F.I.J.E.V. prizes awarded by the international organisation of wine writers and journalists (Fédération Internationale de Journalistes et Écrivains des Vins et Spiritueux) went to Theo´s Witte Cabernet Blanc 2009 (Leon Beyer, Netherlands) for white and to Phant Cabernet Sauvignon (Phant House of Wine, South Africa) for red wine. At the same time a Diploma of Honorary Membership to F.I.J.E.V. was given to Professor Vilém Kraus.

The presentation of wines to the general public and the ceremonial announcement of the results took place inside the Silesian-Ostrava Castle on Saturday, 5th June.