The International Wine Challenge Awards results, including Awards and Trophies, were announced by 16th May. This year saw a possibly record-breaking 22 Tokaji wines (14 sweet and 10 dry ones) from twelve wineries presented with awards ranging from Commended to Gold and Trophy. Béres's 2010 5p Aszú, now sporting the new label design, won Tokaj's only Trophy, which is a testimony to the excellence of Tokaji sweet wines of 2010, a difficult vintage of below average overall production.
The three lesser-known names on the list are Evinor, Törley and Zombory. The former is the name of Sándor Simkó's family winery in Sárospatak. The medal put his 2000 Aszú in good company as the rest of the golds were all awarded to entries from Tokaj's leading big players. Törley is Hungary's largest sparkling wine producer, based in Budapest. Unlike the overwhelming majority of sparklers from Tokaj-based wineries, their entry was a sweet bubbly, made using the transfer method. Zombory is little-heard-of winery in established by two Argentinian Hungarians in Rátka in 2003, their wines being made by none other than János Árvay.
It is a point of interest that Disznókő and Tokaj-Hétszőlő also submitted Aszús of their second brands (Hattyús and Château Imperial, respectively), winning another two golds and a silver for Tokaj.
Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:
*The state-run wine company's new name, Grand Tokaj, is used alongside the old name, Tokaj Crown Estates, for clarity.