Ádám Varkoly (25) has won this year's Gál Tibor Memorial Award, an accolade given to recognise up-and-coming winemaking talents in Hungary. Ádám took over winemaking at the family winery, Árpád-hegy, from his father István, one of the region's most seasoned vineyard managers, in 2011. With a 13-hectare portfolio of excellent vineyard sites in Mád and Tarcal, Árpád-hegy is undoubtedly the best source of top Tokajis in the town of Szerencs.
The Gál Tibor Memorial Award was founded in 2006 in memory of internationally renowned Eger-based winemaker Tibor Gál (formerly chief winemaker at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Italy and part owner of Capaia, South Africa, among many other positions and ventures) who was killed at the age of only 47 in a road accident in South Africa.
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