Eastern bloc wine has vintage year at International Wine Challenge 2014
Wines from Eastern European countries have had a record year of success at the 2014 International Wine Challenge, with emerging wine regions demonstrating their award-winning credentials.
- Croatia and Hungary each awarded five Gold medals and Bulgaria receives its first Gold.
- Five Croatian wines were awarded Gold medals by the world-renowned competition (Croatia received only a single Gold in 2013). The IWC also awarded eight Silver medals and 23 Bronze medals to Croatian wines, which saw Croatia double its total medal count from 19 in 2013 to 38 this year
- Kozlovic Winery in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia received two Gold medals for its 2012 Malvazija and its 2006 Santa Lucia Malvazija, both made using the native Croatian grape Malvazija Istarska. Bodren Ice Wine 2011 from Bodren vineyard in the Croatian upland also won a Gold medal
- Ice wine is wine made from grapes frozen on the vine, and results in a piercingly sweet wine
- Hungary also had a record year of success winning five Gold medals, nine Silver medals and eight Bronze medals, with a total medal score of 32, a sizable increase of ten on 2013. The five Gold medal winners were all white wines made using the native Hungarian grape, Furmint
- Bulgaria received its first Gold medal for a 2011 Merlot Stallion from Angelus Estate S.A, as well as five Silver medals and seven Bronze, increasing its medal count from three in 2013 to 13 this year
- Serbia received two Silver medals and three Bronze medals for its wines, and Slovenian wines picked up one Silver and four Bronze
- This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“This year we have seen a dramatic increase in the quality of wines entered from Eastern Europe, and the improved medal scores are a testament to that. It has been wonderful to uncover these fantastic wines, and to see how native wine makers are using the traditional grapes with such mastery. I hope to see more world-class wines coming from Eastern Europe next year.”
“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: www.internationalwinechallenge.com