In the Top nominations for Wine of the Year, Proefschrift Wine Concourse, Amsterdam 2022
On Monday 19 September, the winners of the autumn edition of the 34th Proefschrift Wine Concourse, Amsterdam 2022, were announced. Two Bulgarian wines surprised again with excellent price-quality, character and identity, reaching the final as Top nominations for Wine of the Year.
WHAT WE REGISTERED FOR THE CONCOURSE
For this edition we had decided to register only wones from a particular category - from dried grapes and only wines made from the Bulgarian indigenous grape variety Mavrud. Mavrud is the oldest Bulgarian wine grape variety and we consider it the most valuable.
VINICA Mavrud BIO | From dried grapes
MINIMUM Mavrud | From dried grapes | Vin nature
FAMILY COLLECTION Mavrud | From dried grapes | By Zagreus
"On Monday 19 September, the winning importers were honoured during Gastvrij Rotterdam (Popular event for Wine & Food professionals, held every September in the Netherlands). Wine professionals who visited Gastvrij Rotterdam on Monday 19 September could indulge themselves at the Wine Theatre. Following two years of 'low profile', the professional audience could enjoy the presentation of winners and finalists - white, red and dessert wines, of Proefschrift Wine Concourse again. Visitors had also the chance to taste the wines of the final selection of the 34th Proefschrift Wine Concourse: 116 in total, 75 of which were nominated wines and 15 were prize winners. The importers themselves were also present to support wines.
The registered wines were not only more than usually, but also extremely varied with high average level. Along with the established names among the importers we also saw a clear increase in young, often specialized companies in particular wine region or country. Partly due to the influence of these newcomers on the market, the number of contemporary wines is growing: wines from lesser-known regions/countries, particular grape varieties, vins nature, bio(dynamic), non-traditional wine styles, cool climate, modern/trendy.
As a result Proefschrift Wine Concourse meets an expanding range and offers even more attractive and often surprising wines for every taste preference – from fresh and lively to ripe, rich and fulfilling wines, for every budget an every type of catering industry.
Worth noticing for this edition is the proportion of the New World wines: larger, wider and with better quality than we were used to at the concourse in recent years.
Where oak aging was applied, its influence was limited or well-integrated. Blockbusters belong definitely to the past already.
The integration of the Vins nature into the regular categories was appreciated by the importers. So the number of categories was clear and manageable.
The large number of submissions for category G, wines above € 40,00, resulted in severe and an exciting competition within the category. It is worth saying that most of the wines in this category still bear a classic signature.
REVIEWS OF THE JURY
Two Bulgarian wines surprised again with excellent price-quality, character and identity, reaching the final as Top nominations for Wine of the Year.
The jury distinguishes the wine also as "Surprising" | Discover MINIMUM Mavrud | From dried grapes | Vin nature ...
Our third wine, Vinica Mavrud BIO | From dried grapes, was nominated at the previous edition of the concourse. The jury gave it a high score also now, but decided to award the other two of our wines. Below are the reviews of the previous 33rd Proefschrift Wine Concourse.
REVIEWS 33rd PROEFSCHRIFT WINE CONCOURSE
Dicover VINICA Mavrud BIO | From dried grapes ...
Discover Melnik 55 Early Melnik Grape ...
Discover Zagreus Mavrud Reserve BIO ...
Discover Silver Angel Sauvignon Blanc | Sur Lie ...
For all winners and finalists of the 34th Proefschrift Wine Concours, Amsterdam 2022, see links (in Dutch):
Bulgaria, as a wine country, one of the oldest in the world, is making giant steps back towards its place on the world wine map in the recent years. Wine makers are increasingly focused on quality and authenticity. From these better wines we strive to choose and offer to you the most delicious and distinguishable, the best value for money ones. This is Bulwine, with Bulgaria back on the World's wine scene!