Noszvaj’s Thummerer Winery – founded by Vilmos Thummerer (left) – has won the “Best Cellar of 2011″ award from the Hungarian Wine Academy, HVG writes. The winner was selected by the academy’s 85-member jury, the National Council of Mountain Regions and the Association of Grape and Wine-growers from among 70 winegrowers in 22 wine regions.
The “Best Cellar” award differs from the academy’s other award “Best Winemaker of the Year” in that winemakers can apply for the former, whereas professional organizations select nominees for the latter. “Best Cellar” is a newer award, first presented in 2002, while “Winemaker of the Year” has been awarded annually since 1991.
In related news, the young winemakers’ association Junibor has chosen Endre Demeter (right) – owner of Tokaj’s Demetervin – “Young Winemaker of the Year” for his 2009 dry furmint, Deluxe reports. The product can wear the title “JuniWine” for one year. Demeter, who grows wine on 10 hectares in Mád, said he thinks of himself as a winegrower more than a winemaker, as he feels the work required for making wine is nothing compared to cultivating grapes.