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Slovenian wines again among the World Champions


From the very beginning, the wine competition Vino Ljubljana is under the auspices of the most important world organizations responsible for the sensory analysis of wines. These are the International Organization for Vine and Wine from Paris (OIV), the International Association of Oenologists from Paris (UIE) and the World Federation of Vineyards (Vinofed).



The team Vino Ljubljana was led by Mr. Matjaž Kovačič, the president of the assessment was Mr. Iztok Klenar, and the professional international framework was represented by Ms. Carol Cliche for Vinofed and the OIV delegate Mr. Fedor Malik.

While this year the number of samples was a bit lower compared to last year's sample assessment, the number of countries increased, with wines from France, Bulgaria, Russia, Israel and the Republic of South Africa being applied again. The Vino Ljubljana remains interesting for foreign winemakers, for 70 to 75 percent of samples come from abroad every year.

Among the World Champions, the Yellow Muscat from Prus Wine Cellar was included in the category of still natural sweet wines, and in the category of sparkling wines, the Golden Radgonska Sparkling Rose from Radgonske gorice.




According to the tasters, the best dry still white wine comes from the Czech Republic, it is the Cabernet Blanc from the wine-making of Josef Valihrach.

This year, from Macedonia comes the best wine in the category of red dry wines, the Grand Cuvee wine, which is produced in the Domaine Lepovo Winery.

At this year's 60th assessment of wines, they also announced the winner of Slovenian wine specialties. This became the Selected Teran Elite from Vinakras. The Tsukamoto trophy was awarded to the wine - a red wine from the family cellar - Colja PTP QV CV Wine, which was also ranked among the champions of Slovene wine-growing districts. In the category of Slovenian regions champions, the Prus Wine Cellar was awarded for Sauvignon, Mr. Andrej Berkovič for Chardonnay, and the Vinakoper for Refošk.


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