The wine competition has obtained the patronage of the International Vine and Wine Organization (O.I.V. - Organisation International de la Vigne et du Vin) and the International Union of Oenologists (U.I.Œ. - Union Internationale des Oenologues). The evaluation is performed according to the method recommended by the International Vine and Wine Organization (O.I.V. Rules 2009) and by the application of the professionally more rigorous provisions of the VinoFed referring to the O.I.V. Rules 2009.
I. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION
Article 1 The Competition is organized by the Hungarian Viti- and Viniculture Nonprofit Ltd.
Article 2 The Competition is open to wines and special wines which correspond to the regulations of the country of origin. The classification of wine samples into categories and groups is realized according to the current Regulations of VinAgora.
Article 3 Wine samples are allowed to be sent to the Competition by organizations, individual producers dealing with wine production and organizations dealing with wine trade.
Article 4 In order to participate in the Competition, participants must declare the quantity of wine they have in store of the particular sample, which must be at least 500 bottles. The participant declares the quantity of wine on the Application Form.
Article 5 Participants of the Competition are obliged to send six 750ml bottles without charge to the organizer, or, in case of a different bottle size, at least 4.5 liters. A separate label identical to that used on the bottles is also to be attached. The designation on the bottles has to correspond with the one the product is marketed with.
Article 6 In order to participate in the Competition, the participants must settle the application fees for each submitted sample according to the instructions of the organizer.
Article 7 Wine samples intended for evaluation must be declared in the Application Form with the following data, for each sample separately:
- name and address of participant,
- designation of wine, in accordance with the regulations of the country of origin (geographical origin, grape variety, trademark, year of production, lot number),
- categorization of the wine (white, rose, red / dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet), in accordance with the classification given at the bottom of the page
- quantity of wine in store (number of bottles)
- grape variety (varieties) and their percentage in the product,
- cultivation method and winemaking technology.
Article 8 Besides the Application Form, a chemical analysis of the sample must be submitted, including the following data:
- alcohol in percentage of volume,
- quantity of sugar in g/l,
- total acidity, in tartaric acid g/l,
- volatile acid content, in acetic acid g/l,
- total and free SO2 content in mg/l,
- for sparkling wines: pressure in the bottle in bars.
A control analysis of wines is made occasionally by the Hungarian Wine Qualification Institute.
Article 9 For each sample submitted from countries outside the EU, a Pro Forma Invoice is to be attached in 3 copies by the forwarding company (2 copies should be attached to the sample and 1 copy should be sent to the Organiser by fax or e-mail). In the Pro Forma Invoice the following data are to be indicated concerning each sample: alcohol content in percentage of volume, type (white, rosé or red), value of wine and the following clause: 18th VinAgora 2017, sample free of charge for exhibition, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE
II. EXECUTION OF THE WINE COMPETITION AND WORK OF THE COMMISSION, AND THE COMMITEES
Article 10 After having the samples received, the Organizer appoints a commission of experts from his country which has the task of examining the submitted samples, paying special attention to the declaration of the bottles and the data stated in the Application Form. Eventual mistakes are sorted out, while samples not complying with the present regulations are rejected from the Competition. The Commission then classifies the samples into categories in accordance with present regulations on the basis of characteristics enumerated in the Application Forms or, if necessary, by determining characteristics on its own.
Article 11 The Presidency of the Wine Competition monitores that all the rules are kept. It is composed of the following three members:
- the President, delegated by the Organizer's country,
- a professional consultant of oenology,
- a legal expert.
The President, the professional consultant and the legal expert do not participate in the evaluation process, but at least one of them is presented at the venue.
Article 12 Wine evaluation is performed by international wine Evaluation Committees. Each Committee is composed of five to seven recognized tasting experts. Each foreign member of the Committee must belong to a different country. The organizing country nominates three members to the Committee. The number of evaluation Committees depends on the number of samples participating in the Competition. The choice of the Evaluation Committee members is made by the organizer who can contact the VinoFed for proposals.
Article 13 The work of each Committee is controlled by the President of the Committee. His work can be supported by the President of the Wine Competition.
Article 14 The tasks of the Committee Presidents are the following:
- to supervise, before the evaluation, the organisation of the tasting, particularly the order in which the samples are submitted,
- to supervise the opening of the samples, their temperature, their identifier and their anonymity in front of the Committee,
- to supervise proper service,
- to supervise the technical secretariat's work: he informs the Committee members of the samples arriving to the evaluation, of the distribution of evaluation forms, he controls the calculation of points,
- to supervise the presentation of samples, to correct apparent mistakes in the order of presentation, and to eliminate samples not complying with the Regulations,
- to require, if necessary, and by discretionary authority, a second tasting of samples if:
- the majority of Committee members demand it,
- considerable discrepancies appear in the evaluation of single tasters,
- abnormal tastes or a deficient appearance are pointed out,
- in special cases, if the wine was incorrectly rated due to a fault in the order of presentation.
Article 15 Anonymity of the wines and the following rules must be kept for the whole duration of the tasting:
- each Committee works in a separate room, in silence and under a light that does not change the colour of wine,
- nobody except for people indispensable for the tasting process shall be admitted to the room,
- in the tasting room, the desired temperature shall be between 20 and 24 °C, if possible,
- smoking is forbidden and silence must be strictly preserved,
- bottles are opened and the wine is poured out of sight of the Committee members,
- each member of the Committee has her own table covered with white cloth and bearing her name/number (on the screen of the computer used for ,
- the wine glasses must be of the type approved by the OIV.
The Committees work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During each tasting session, a maximum of 45 samples of dry wine, or a maximum of 30 samples of the other categories can be evaluated. During the session the members of the Committees have bread and water available for them. During the session, tasting series are separated by two breaks when other drinks and food may be served.
The wine samples are rated in homogenous series according to the following order:
- regarding color: white then rosé then red wines
- regarding sugar content: dry wines rated first,
- regarding vintage: new wines rated first,
- regarding fragrance: wines with a neutral fragrance are rated first,
- regarding wooden characteristics: wines with less wooden characteristics are rated first.
Wines are evaluated at the following temperatures:
- white wines, rosés: 10 to 14 °C,
- red wines: 16 to 19 °C,
- sparkling wines: 7 to 9 °C,
- liqueur-wines: 10 to 14 °C,
- naturally sweet wines, ice wines, botrytized wines: 10 to 14 °C,
- spirituous wines of vitivinicultural origin: 12 to 16 °C.
At the beginning of each tasting series, Committees make at least one evaluation for control purposes, while they can discuss evaluation aspects and the distribution of points given by members in order to establish an approximate balance among the evaluation criteria of each member. During the consequent tastings, the Committee members work in silence without giving any signs of their impressions about the sample. Before each presentation of the sample, the Committee members receive the electronic evaluation forms with all technical data of the samples to be tasted. After the sample has been tasted, the software collects the evaluation forms and the President verifies them. Committee members cannot have copies of the forms, and they cannot be informed of the prizes received by the tasted wines before the end of the Competition.
III. EVALUATION FORM
Article 16 The evaluation of wines is carried out by the positive evaluation method of 100 points that was developed by U.I.O.E. and O.I.V. with the recommendation of Vinofed. Judges fill in the electronic evaluation forms on computers the VinAgora Software.
Article 17 If one or more members in the Committee find the sample inappropriate, he/she/they may initiate the elimination of such a sample. If necessary, the sample may be eliminated according to the unanimous decision of the members of the Committee, while the producer receives a written justification.
Article 18 The technical service of the Secretariat uses the VinAgora Software to summarize the points given by the judges and to calculate the average, which determines the final score of each sample. Scores that differ by more or less than five points from the average rating are eliminated.
IV. AWARDING OF PRIZES
Article 19 In the category of wines recognized by the 18th VinAgora Diploma of Honor, the following medals are awarded:
1. Great Gold Medal (at least 92 points)
2. Gold Medal (at least 86 points)
3. Silver Medal (at least 82 points)
Article 20 The number of medals handed out may not exceed 30 % of the number of wines per category. Should it be more, however, the Presidency of the Wine Competition will raise the point limits in proportion to the portion in excess of 30%. (For fraction numbers the relevant score will be determined according to the principles of rounding.)
Article 21 "Champion Prize"
The best wine in each main category (with at least 10 samples) is awarded the CHAMPION title by the judges of the Wine Competition via voting from 5-5 wines that have reached the highest points and at least Gold Medal in their category.
Article 22 "The Best of Country"
If at least 15 samples are entered from a foreign country, then the gold-medal-winning wine with the highest score of the samples submitted will receive a special award.
Article 23 "Best Hungarian Varietal Wine of VinAgora"
If at least 15 samples of a given varietal are entered, then among the gold-medal-winning wines of the given varietal, the sample with the highest score receives the "Best Hungarian Varietal Wine of VinAgora" title, which is also specified on its certificate.
Article 24 The organizer of VinAgora reserves the right to give special awards besides the ones listed above.
Article 25 The organizer, Hungarian Viti- and Viniculture Nonprofit Ltd., reserves the right to compare and determine the quality of the wine available commercially with the quality of the identical wine submitted to the competition.
Article 26 The organizer of the wine competition enables the winners of medals and of the CHAMPION title to state the title on the bottle (on an additional "macaron" sticker or printed on the label) based on special regulations. Unauthorised use of references or logos will result in exclusion from future competitions.
CLASSIFICATION OF WINES
A. Wines “STRICTO SENSU”
1. Category: still white wines
Pressure CO2 < 0.5 bar, at 20 °C
1.1. White wines (of non-aromatic varieties)
1.1.1. dry wines 0 - 4 g/l
1.1.2. semi-dry wines 4.1 - 12 g/l
1.1.3. semi-sweet wines 12.1 - 45 g/l
1.1.4. sweet wines over 45 g/l
1.2. White wines of aromatic varieties
(Gewürtztraminer, Muscat Ottonel etc.)
1.2.1. dry wines 0 - 4 g/l
1.2.2. semi-dry wines 4.1 - 12 g/l
1.2.3. semi-sweet wines 12.1 - 45 g/l
1.2.4. sweet wines over 45 g/l
2. Category: still rosé wines
Pressure CO2 < 0.5 bar, at 20 °C
2.1. dry wines 0 - 4 g/l
2.2. semi-dry wines 4.1 - 12 g/l
2.3. semi-sweet wines 12.1 - 45 g/l
2.4. sweet wines over 45 g/l
3. Category: still red wines
Pressure CO2 < 0.5 bar, at 20 °C
3.1. Red wines
3.1.1. dry wines 0 - 4 g/l
3.1.2. other wines over 4 g/l
4. Category: pearl wines
Pressure of CO2 may vary between 0.5 to 2.5 bar, at 20 °C
4.1. dry wines 0 - 4 g/l
4.2. other wines over 4 g/l
5. Category: sparkling wines
Pressure CO2 > 2.5 bar at 20 °C
5.1. max. 15 g/l
5.3. 15.1 - 35 g/l
5.4. 35.1 - 50 g/l
5.5. over 50 g/l
B. WINE SPECIALTIES
6. Category: natural wine specialties
(late harvest, ice wines etc.)
6.1. Late harvest wines
6.1.1. 0 - 4 g/l
6.1.2. 4.1 - 20 g/l
6.1.3. over 20 g/l
7. Category: botrytised wines (Tokaji Szamorodni, Tokaji Aszú, Sauternes, Rust ect.)
7.1. White wines
7.1.1. 0-4 g/l
7.1.2. 4.1-20 g/l
7.1.3. over 20 g/l
7.2. Red wines
7.2.1. 0-4 g/l
7.2.2. 4.1-20 g/l
7.2.3. over 20 g/l
8. Category: fortified wines (Jerez, Porto, Malaga, Marsala, Madeira ect.)
8.1. 0-6 g/l
8.2. 6.1-40 g/l
8.3. 40.1-80 g/l
8.4. over 80 g/l