100 Best Wines from Moravia and Bohemia for the Year 2021
The Wine Salon of the Czech Republic is presenting the collection of the 100 best Moravian and Bohemian Wines for the year 2021. These were successful in a competition entered by more than 2,500 wines. After the Covid break, since the beginning of June 2021 these wines are presended for the entire year in the tasting exhibition of the same name that takes place in the historical cellars of Château Valtice.
Naturally this year‘s Absolute Champion will not be missing from the exhibition – Pinot blanc 2018, pozdní sběr (late harvest), produced by the THAYA Winery. The ceremonial announcement of the holders of the prestigious title “Gold Medal of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic 2020“, and with it the complete composition of the tasting exhibition, as well as the winners in the individual categories and the best overall collection will take place for winemakers and invited guests on 5th February in Valtice. Specialised tasters from among the ranks of winemakers, sommeliers, oenologists and other wine trade professionals have thus decided upon the winners in the individual categories: Champion of the competition an winner of category A (white wines 0 - 12 g/l res. sugar) • Pinot blanc (Rulandské bílé), pozdní sběr, 2018 - THAYA vinařství, Hnanice Winner of category B (over 12 – 45 g/l g/l res. sugar) • Ryzlink vlašský (Welschriesling), výběr z hroznů (grape selection), 2017 – Ing. Miroslav Volařík, Mikulov Winner of category C (over 45 g/l res. sugar) • Ryzlink vlašský (Welschriesling), výběr z cibéb (grape selection), 2017 – Kamil Prokeš Winery, Velké Němčice Winner of category D – rosé wines inc. blanc de noirs (0 – 45 g/l res. sugar) • Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, pozdní sběr (late harvest), 2019 – Střední vinařská škola (Wine School), Valtice Winner of category E – red wines dry (max. 4 g/l zb. cukru) • Rulandské modré (Pinot Noir), výběr z hroznů (grape selection), 2015 – Šlechtitelská stanice vinařská, Velké Pavlovice Winner of category G – sparkling wines (sekt) • Louis Girardot brut, jakostní šumivé víno, 2015 – BOHEMIA SEKT, Starý Plzenec Prize for the bes collection has been awarded to Zámecké vinařství Bzenec s.r.o. “Twenty one years of tradition, the number of entered samples, the unique three-round marking system, the thorough selection of trained wine tasters and the professional chemical analysis of the evaluated wines unequivocally make the Wine Salon – National Wine Competition the most prestigious wine contest in this country,“ Pavel Krška, Director of the National Wine Centre informed us, adding: “Interest in the competition, and not just on the part of winemakers participating in the competition but also subsequently from visitors attending the exhibition, is constantly growing. This binds us to the fact that we are always on the lookout for new ways to find the best amongst the many thousands of Moravian and Czech wines.“
About the wines on display at the Wine Salon
The exhibition at the Wine Salon will present wines awarded with a gold medal of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic. The most successful grape varieties this year were Riesling with 13 with representations, Welschriesling with 11, followed by Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner and other varietis In this year‘s Wine Salon we will most often meet up with the vintage 2018 from which there are 42 wines, followed by vintage 2019 with 35 wines, vintage 2017 with 15 wines, vintage 2016 with 3 wines and vintage 2015 with 5 wines. In addition, those wines in the exhibition that were awarded a “Silver medal of the Wine Salon“, wines with awards from competitions that took place abroad, young wines, rosé wines and so on will be featured in the form of short-term presentations. The Hall of Fame of Wine Production in the Czech Republic also forms a part of the exhibition.
About the competition and the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic
The competition‘s expert evaluation is then followed by the public tasting exhibition of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic. Each year the hundred best wines that are in receipt of a gold medal go on show here. In the given year wines are showcased here in the cellars of the state-owned château in Valtice and are available for tasting from February until December. Visitors are invited to select from several types of tasting programmes available and this includes the uniquely named “open wine-tasting“. Every year more than 22,000 visitors participate in the tasting programmes.
Selection of wine tasters and the evaluation system
Every year our very finest wine tasters take their places in the wine competition tasting committees – these are holders of international tasting examinations concluded under the rules of the ISO who are, along with the modern computer system, the multi-round evaluation and the guarantee from the Union of Vintners of the Czech Republic, the guarantee of objectivity and the selection of what really are the very best wines from Moravia and Bohemia. The Wine Salon – National Wine Competition is also one of very few competitions that systematically perform a check by chemical analysis to confirm that the declared and real parameters of a wine are in agreement. Concurrently the Wine Salon – National Wine Competition is the strictest of all the wine competitions in the Czech Republic.
The tradition and meaning of this competition
The Wine Salon – National Wine Competition of the Czech Republic is the most important as well as the largest wine competition in the Czech Republic. It is organised by the National Wine Centre, o.p.s. with the support of the Wine Fund and has the official warranty of the professional winemakers‘ organisation – the Union of Vintners of the Czech Republic. The year 2021 sees the competition’s 21th anniversary. The Wine Salon – National Wine Competition 2021 is held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, the Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman, and the Governor of the South Moravia Region Jan Grolich.