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Nov 04, 2016

Students help ministry choose wine that consumers buy in supermarkets

Hungarian wines are becoming increasingly popular among both domestic and foreign consumers, thanks to the fact that Hungarian wine-makers are combining tradition with renewal and creativity

The Ministry of Agriculture is launching a wine tasting program where students from wine-making schools help to choose what consumers drink and buy in supermarkets.

“The Hungarian wine sector is on a quality success trajectory, 90 percent of the products chosen by domestic consumers are Hungarian," Sándor Fazekas, the minister of Agriculture has said.

“Hungarian wines are becoming increasingly popular among both domestic and foreign consumers, thanks to the fact that Hungarian wine-makers are combining tradition with renewal and creativity," Minister Fazekas added.

“Auchan’s autumn wine fair offers a selection of almost 100 quality wines. In addition, a national Quality Wine tasting program is also being launched in which students from wine-making schools supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture will be helping consumer choice," Fazekas said, during a press conference held in Budaörs to mark the launch of the supermarket chain’s autumn wine fair.

Eliza Kiss, ministerial commissioner for wine sector development, spoke about the fact that the series of programs was one of the most important events of the viticulture and wine sector and the portfolio of quality wines showcases the diversity of Hungarian wines, which include both premium category wines and wines meant for both festivities and everyday consumption.

“Both the people working within the sector and the ministry of agriculture do much to ensure the production of the highest possible quality wines. Thanks to the excellent selection system and method, the extremely successful national quality wine programme launched three and a half years ago guaranteed consumers high quality," Kiss noted.

In Hungary, grapes are grown in 22 wine regions and on 80,000 hectares, and the grape and wine sector directly provides a living for 80,000 families.

Some 700,000 hectolitres of Hungarian wine are exported annually, primarily to Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and China, while Hungarian wine industry products are present on the markets of some one hundred countries worldwide.