Koch Winery, the home of happy grapes


Elizabeth Smith

2018 Wetzer Furmint, Tokaj, Hungary

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Dániel Ercsey

Natural wine, shop-bought bread

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Szilárd Lázár-Kovács

Sparkling wine and lees – relationship until the end

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  • The absolute winner of all 4 categories (the one who collects the most votes among the finalists) will win an all inclusive study tour in Hungary on 23–26 August, including flight ticket from and to a European destination.
  • The category winner article will be posted on hungarianwines.eu.– in case the article is about Hunagarian wine.
  • The category winner will receive an electronic badge that he or she can display on the website or blog.
  • The winner of Koch category will receive a winery visit and tasting for 2 people at Koch Winery.
  • The winner of Koch category can participate in the all inclusive study tour in Hungary on 23–26 August, excluding flight ticket.
  • The finalists of Koch category will receive a bottle of multi-award winner Csanád Cuvée 2015 from the Villány vineyards of Koch Winery.
  • All category winners will get invitation to the award ceremony taking place on 25 August 2022 in Pannonhalma Archabbey Winery.

Jury members

Katie Mather

Co-Owner at Corto, Beer, Wine, Cider and Food Writer and Editor. After studying Journalism in Leeds, she has worked in digital and creative marketing in the music industry, in the education sector and in the varied world of food and drink. She writes regularly for Ferment Magazine, Glug Magazine and Pellicle and has been published in Good Beer Hunting, The Guardian, Burum Collective and numerous zines. She is commissioning editor of Glug magazine, which has recently featured Hungary and its wines, and associate editor at Pellicle. Her newsletter The Gulp looks at food and drink culture and its connections with art, music and class. She also co-owns Corto, a natural wine, beer and cider bar in the Ribble Valley, northwest England.

Pálma Koch

Daughter of Csaba Koch graduated as viticultor-winemaker Bsc (Szent István University), then postgraduated (Msc) at Montpellier SupAgro and Hochschule Geisenheim. Pálma is a WSET advanced wine expert. Her firs wine, a Syrah has been a huge success, and the topic of disgorging or not disgorging is also close to her – she wrote her diploma thesis on this topic.

Sebastian Giraldo

A Colombian–Hungarian Sommelier, wine writer and wine educator based in Budapest, Hungary. Sebastian is a Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educator) and currently he is the only Advanced Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) working and living in Hungary. He has won Hungarianwines.eu WebWineWritting competition in 3 consecutive years, and last year he also became our absolute winner.

VINOHOLIC – Mihály Lőrincz

Hobby winemaker, wine critic and writer. He regularly reviews wines on Vivino and publishes articles on boraszportal.hu/vinoport.hu. He makes rosé wines and ciders with méthode champenoise in the famous cellar village of Miskolc, called Avas. He strongly believes in terroir, where right combination of soil, climate, particular grape variety, production method and style can lead to miracles.

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