The 30th International Wine Competition Grand Prix Vinex has a winner

On 26 and 27 April 2023, the National Wine Centre in Valtice hosted the evaluation of the 30th anniversary edition of the international wine competition Grand Prix Vinex. The expert jury awarded 51 grand gold medals, the absolute winner was Riesling 2021 selection from grapes, Terroir Purmice from the Volařík winery. The award ceremony will take place on 25 May at the Mendel Greenhouse in Brno.

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A total of 842 wines from 6 countries took part in this year's jubilee edition of the international wine competition Grand Prix Vinex. Traditionally, the most represented wines were from the Czech Republic (749 wines), followed by Slovakia (33 wines), Austria (32 wines), Hungary (21 wines), Germany (5 wines) and Italy (2 wines).

842 wines from 6 countries

The absolute champion of the competition was the winery Volařík from Mikulov with its Riesling 2021, from the Terroir series from the Purmice vineyard in Perná.

Miroslav Volařík, owner: "We are very happy. It is the result of the perfect work of the whole team and the handwriting of oenologist Ondřej Tichý. This is an exceptional wine that has won awards at other competitions. We appreciate it all the more because the overall quality of Moravian and Czech wines is constantly growing and the competition is dynamically increasing. It is also a great commitment for the future."

Ondřej Tichý, oenologist of the winery.I've only been an oenologist for a year and this month is already the 3rd champion! It is all the more pleasing that this is a wine from our top line, where we try to project Mikulovsko into the bottles. This is a beautiful result for the whole Volařík Winery team! Thank you for it! :-) Purmice is one of our most prestigious lines, where we grow Riesling and Riesling. For this particular wine, we ran a longer maceration of the grapes (48 hours) and after fermentation we gave the wine more time to lie on the yeast. The wine is distinctly fruity, the flavours are dominated by apricot, with a lovely mineral finish. The grapes for this wine were partially botrytised, which is why the wine has a very high extract, around 29 g/l."

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In addition to the champion, category winners, national winners and the best wine collection were selected.

The wines are evaluated annually by an expert committee consisting of both Czech and foreign tasters. This year, tasters from Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Slovakia accepted the invitation and the points were awarded toThe judges awarded the winners via a special electronic system called ELWIS, developed by the National Wine Centre.

Lubomír Matak, Director of the NVC:

On the occasion of the 30th year of the competition, instead of the traditional public tasting at the exhibition centre, we will gather together with tasters, winemakers and partners of the competition at a gala evening with the award ceremony. The event will take place on 25 May 2023 at the Mendel Greenhouse in Brno. I look forward to meeting and tasting the winning wines not only with the winners but also with the winners of theWe will be meeting the winners, the winners of the city of Brno, the South Moravian Region and the institutions close to us, the Wine Fund and the Winegrowers' Association.

About the competition:

Grand Prix Vinex is a traditional international wine competition organized by the National Wine Centre, o.p.s. The aim of the competition is to award domestic and international wines represented on the Central European market at a high level every year.