The new edition of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic 2022 opens to the public
From Friday, 4th February 2022, the gates of the new exhibition of the Salon of Wines of the Czech Republic at the Valtice Castle will open to the general public. Lovers of our wines can look forward not only to 100 wines with the gold medal of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic, but also to a selection of wines with the silver medal of the Wine Salon.
The Wine Salon - National Wine Competition of the Czech Republic is the final competition of the National Wine Competition system. Each year the best wine is selected with the title "Champion", as well as "Category Winners" and "Best Collection". The 100 best wines of the competition are awarded the gold medal of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic. The competition itself is followed by a year-round public wine tasting Salon - an exposition of the best hundred wines, located in the cellars of the State Chateau in Valtice. The year-round presentation of the 100 best wines is also supplemented by selections of other wines in seasonal presentations.
100 best wines from Moravia and Bohemia (wine regions of Czech Republic) for 2022
The best of the best - this is how the just announced hundred wines from Moravia and Bohemia can be described without exaggeration, which were awarded the title and gold medal of the Salon of Czech Wines 2022. In the competition of 2400 entered Czech wines in this year's edition of our highest and largest wine competition, they did not find any that would surpass them in quality, and so they are rightfully entitled to the title, gold medal and placement in the year-round tasting exhibition of the Czech Wine Salon in Valtice.
And why the best of the best? Each wine awarded the title of Salon of Wines had to succeed three times. The competition rules and the unique three-round evaluation system guarantee, together with regularly trained professional tasters, complete objectivity in the assessment of the wines entered. The result is a set of one hundred wines of exceptional quality.
"Wine competitions in general are a tool for objective comparison of the quality of wines on the market. The Salon of Wines - National Wine Competition is the pinnacle of wine competitions in our country. Throughout its twenty-two years of existence, we have been perfecting it, and the unrivalled interest of winemakers and the associated confidence in the highest possible level and objectivity of the competition testify to the fact that the work is succeeding. The award of the Salon of Wines title does not only mean prestige and personal success for the winemaker, but also a significant business opportunity, because the Salon of Wines is a guarantee of exceptional wine quality that no one doubts," commented Pavel Krška, Director of the National Wine Centre, which organizes the competition and also manages the tasting exhibition.
Expert tasters from among winemakers, sommeliers, oenologists and other wine professionals also decided on the winners of the individual categories:
Champion of the competition and winner of category A (dry and semi-dry white wines up to 12 g/l of total sugar).
- EGO No. 79 Chardonnay barrique, grape selection, 2019, Zámecké vinařství Bzenec s.r.o.
Winner of category B (semi-sweet white wines over 12 - 45 g/l of total sugar)
- Riesling, late harvest, 2015, MARCUSWINE TRADING a.s./MEGA Production a.s.
Winner of category C (sweet wines above 45 g/l of total sugar)
- Rulandské šedé (Pinot Gris), výběr z cibéb (selection from dried berries), 2018, – ANNOVINO VINAŘSTVÍ LEDNICE s.r.o.
Winner of category D - rosé wines (0 - 45 g/l total sugar)
- Rosé Trkmanska, VOC Modré hory, 2020, Víno J.STÁVEK
Winner of category E - dry red wines (up to 4 g/l total sugar)
- Cabernet Sauvignon barrique OAK, late harvest, 2017, Vladimír Tetur
Winner of category G - quality sparkling wine produced using the traditional method in the Czech Republic
- Louis Girardot brut, quality sparkling wine, 2015, BOHEMIA SEKT, Starý Plzenec
Award for the best wine collection
was awarded to VINAŘSTVÍ MIKROSVÍN MIKULOV a.s.
The collection of 100 wines with the gold medal of the Wine Salon 2022 includes 55 winemakers and wine companies. The largest representation is VINAŘSTVÍ MIKROSVÍN MIKULOV and Zámecké vinařství Bzenec (9 wines) followed by ZNOVÍN ZNOJMO (8 wines). The largest number of 21 varieties is represented by Riesling (17), Welschriesling (9), Pinot Gris (8) and Grüner Veltliner (8).
This year's 22nd edition of the competition was held in the established three-round format, where during the first phase the commissioners judge the wines in the individual Moravian wine sub-regions (Znojemská, Mikulovská, Velkopavlovická, Slovácká) and in the Bohemia wine region. This is followed by two national rounds of evaluation, which will determine the composition of the Wine Salon for the following year, the Champion and the category winners.
The competition itself is followed from February by a year-long tasting exhibition of the best 100 wines in the historic cellar of the Valtice Chateau. Here it is possible to taste the best wines of the year through several types of tasting programmes, including 'free tasting', sommelier-led programmes and individual tasting from a presentation machine. This year's opening to the public is scheduled for February 4, subject to developments and government restrictions.
In addition to the 100 best wines awarded according to the Gold Medal Statute of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic 2021, the committee also awarded silver medals (for wines that advanced to the second round of evaluation and received a minimum of 84 points). The total number of medals awarded is limited to a maximum of 30% of the number of wines entered in the first round.
The Salon of Wines - National Wine Competition of the Czech Republic is the highest and largest wine competition in the Czech Republic. It is organized by the National Wine Centre, o.p.s. with the support of the Wine Fund and the official guarantee of the Union of Winemakers of the Czech Republic. Miloš Zeman, the Governor of the South Moravian Region Jan Grolich and now former Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman.