Frankovka (Lemberger, Blaufränkisch) from the Pavlovín Winery has been named Champion GRAND PRIX VINEX 2014
On 16th and 17th April 2014 the specialist judging of the 21st edition of the annual international wine competition GRAND PRIX VINEX took place at the National Wine Centre in Valtice.
This evaluation by leading world wine tasters delivered a Champion, category winners and a raft of other awards for these exceptional wines. Gold and silver medals were awarded in accordance with the number of points attained by the best wines, while three of the wines even won great gold medals. The public will have the opportunity to sample not only these prize-winning wines in the Brno Exhibition Hall during the international exhibition MINERÁLY BRNO which will take place on 24th and 25th May 2014.
The first unofficial results were announced during the press briefing at the conclusion of the judging:
• Winner in category A1 (dry white wines): Sauvignon 2008 special selection of grapes, Vinařství Baloun, Velké Pavlovice (Czech Republic)
• Winner in category A2 (semi-dry white wines): Roter Traminer 2013, special selection of grapes MORAVÍNO s.r.o., Valtice (Czech Republic)
• Winner in category A3 (semi-sweet white wines): Děvín 2013, late harvest, Vinařství Baloun, Velké Pavlovice (Czech Republic)
• Winner in category B2 (rosé and other wines): Aubére Reserva 2012, late harvest, Vinařství Dvořáček LTM, Mikulčice (Czech Republic)
• CHAMPION and category winner C1 (dry red wines) – Frankovka (Lemberger, Blaufränkisch) 2011, special selection of grapes, Pavlovín s.r.o., Velké Pavlovice (Czech Republic)
• Winner in category C2 (other red wines): Blauer Zweigelt 2013, W. Baumgartner, Untermarkersdorf (Austria)
• Winner in category D (natural sweet wines): Tokajská výberová esencia 2003, Tokaj & Co., s.r.o., Malá Tŕňa, (Slovakia)
• Winner in category F (sparkling wines): Bohemia Sekt Prestige demi sec 2009, quality sparkling wine, Bohemia Sekt s.r.o., Starý Plzenec, (Czech Republic)
The complete official competition results, including all the medals and other prizes awarded (e.g. the national winners for the highest-rated wines from individual countries, the best overall collections etc.) will be published in the official competition catalogue which will be made available on the day of the public presentation of the best competing wines that takes place on 24th and 25th May 2014 in Pavillion B of the Brno Exhibition Complex.
The competition attracted 546 wines coming from 13 wine-producing nations from across the globe. Naturally the largest number of wines came from the Czech Republic (464 wines), this was followed by neighbouring Austria (31) just ahead of Slovakia (30). Present too were wines from Hungary, France, Argentina, Israel, the Republic of South Africa and Chile.
About the competition
GRAND PRIX VINEX is a prestigious international wine competition whose aim is to assess wines at the highest professional level and to award the best European and world wines that have a presence on the central-European markets. The 2014 edition was the 21st.
The contest is organised by the National Wine Centre, o.p.s. in conjunction with the Brno Exhibition Complex - Veletrhy Brno, a.s. and the Union of Winemakers of the Czech Republic. The competition came under the auspices of the governor of the Southern Moravian District, Michal Hašek, and the Mayor of the City of Brno, Roman Onderka, MBA. The organisation of the competition was supported by the Wine Fund and the competition partners: Carlsbad Mineral Water - Karlovarské minerální vody, a. s., THERMOTECHNIKA BOHEMIA, spol. s r.o., LACRUM Velké Meziříčí, s.r.o., and the Valtice Wine and Horticultural specialised schools.
Wines were evaluated by international committees composed of the most renowned tasters in the chateau of Valtice. The wine judging was undertaken with the use of the computer system especially developed by the National Wine Centre for the purpose of wine evaluation.
Prestigious awards and medals
Wines in the competition underwent the strictest appraisal ensuring only the very best could receive medals. Only silver, gold and great gold medals were awarded whilst, concurrently, the number of points required to gain an award is set somewhat higher than at the majority of domestic events thus corresponding to international practice – silver medal minimum 84 points, gold medal minimum 87 points, great gold medal minimum 92 points. This is a guarantee of the prestige in receiving a medal.
The competition's principal awards are "Champion", followed by the winners in the individual categories, the highest marked collection of wines and the national winners by countries that have entered a minimum of 10 wines. The producers of these wines receive a prestigious prize in the form of a crystal-glass cup made by world-famous artist Bořek Šípek while, in addition, the Champion receives a temperature-controlled wine cabinet from the competition's partner, the company THERMOTECHNIKA BOHEMIA.
Only the most renowned local and world wine tasters are invited to taste on the committees. These are seated at so-called "round tables", thus permitting a discussion to unfurl should the need arise. In this manner a thoroughly professional evaluation of the wines is guaranteed.
Public presentation of the competition wines
Wines from the international wine competition GRAND PRIX VINEX will be presented to the general public on 24th and 25th May 2014 in Pavillion B of the Brno Exhibition Complex as part of the international fair MINERÁLY BRNO. All wines in receipt of a minimum of 80 points will be available for tasting. The official announcement of the results as well as handing out of the main awards will take place here. This will be followed by a gala evening accompanied by a full programme of folk music and an entire weekend of presentations of food products.