Masterclasses in details

Shocking surprises on the Champagne world championship

March 3, Thursday, Master Course Room, 01:00 PM

It starts half an hour earlier! (Because of the fairly long tasting flight…)

Presented by: Tom Stevenson and Márkus György


Tom Stevenson has established the ”Champagne Oscar” (Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Champions /CSWWC/ ) two years ago and Márkus György, Hungarian wine expert has been taking part on the contest in United Kingdom from the beginning.

Mr. Stevenson’s team has brought the biggest surprise of the latest contest to us.

You can taste also Champagne of course (from Lanson), but also such curiosity like the gold medal winner sparkling wine of the Serbian Aleksandrovic called Trijumf!


Exile sulfur

March 3, Thursday, Workshop Room, 01:30 PM

Presented by: Olivier Pillet

A kén számüzetése-Olivier_PilletInstitut Enologique de Champagne (Champagne Oenology Institute) has been working with wine making processes from the grapes to bottling since 1980.

Thanks to its team of 31 winemakers, to its network of 7 laboratories of analysis throughout French vineyards and through its presence in vineyards from around the world, IOC has developed expertise on the management of wines profiles, which grows every day. Its oenological multi-experience actually makes IOC the key player in the development of your styles of wines, whatever sparkling or still, in order to achieve qualitative and organoleptic goals you want.

Analyses of your wines, monitoring of winemaking and personalized oenological advice, innovative oenological products, original processes and suitable service provisions, IOC puts its range of solutions at the service of your wine.

Sulfur is an enemy of many wine lovers and on this VinCE workshop they will show the possibilities of reducing sulfur in wine through specific examples. Olivier Pillet, oenologist-engineer  is going to present Italian, French and New-Zealand wines.


Wine Star – Talent Show

March 3, Thursday, Master Course Room, 03:30 PM

Presenters, Members of Jury: Caroline Gilby MW, Rod Smith MW, Maciej Wiczyński (Polish Merchant) and others

EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO MERCHANDISING / NO BOOK PUBLISHING Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/REX Shutterstock (913802bb) Judges, Piers Morgan, Kelly Brook, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell 'Britain's Got Talent' TV - April - 2009

Today we know that it is not enough for a wine to be good to become a quick-seller. We need the “factor –X”! It might be a good story behind the label, the charming personality of the wine maker, an extravagant package or a good name. There will be spot-lights, fanfares, very gifted wine makers and an experienced jury! Each contestant will have 8 minutes to convince the jury and the audience with his/her wine. The winner will be awarded by an article in VinCE Magazine about his/her cellar, and the persons in the jury offers guarantee for opening up other “doors”!


Perfect wine menu
March 3, Thursday, Workshop Room, 03:30 PM

Presented by: Nick Adams MW and Adam Pawlowski MS


We will have some food (cheese, chocolate, foie gras, smoked salmon) and some wine to them. Which of them offers the perfect pairing and why? Practical advice to those ones that are not satisfied with their wine menu, or simply want to become masters of pairing wine and food.

GasztromesterkurzusGastro Course – Fine dining, bistro, street food – Hungarian wine to each course!

Presented by: chefs and wine experts (soon)


Our bitter joke might be right that Hungarian wines are world famous – here in Hungary. However, they surely are better and better. We are going to present the diversity of them on this master course and through the pairing of wines with foods.


Sparkling Tokaj – the third dimension of the wine region

March 4, Friday, Master Course Room, 09:30 AM

Presented by: Káli Ildikó and Natasha Hughes MW

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The first dry Furmints made real sensation at that time and now we can see the latest achievement from Tokaj. More and more cellars make experiments with bubbles; namely sparkling wine. Clearly they want “methode Champagne”, top quality and top price. It is a gorgeous program in the morning to taste the Furmint sparkling wines made by classic method!


veuve-clicquotChampagne Veuve Clicquot

March 4, Friday, Master Course Room, 11:30 AM

Presented by: Nick Lane

The traditional House has a cuvee icon called La Grande Dame. It is an homage to a brave young lady, Madame Ponsardin. She was 27 when her husband died and she became the manager of the Champagne House. (And it happened in times when it was not very usual for a lady to manage a firm.) The heritage of Madame Ponsardin is still alive. What is more, this is one of the most reputable Champagne Houses in the region. One of their wine makers will present the best ones of their typical Champagnes dressed in orange.


VCP Yellow Label
VCP Vintage 2008 Blanc 0,75 l
VCP Cave Privée Blanc 1989 1,5 l
VCP Cave Privée Rosé 1990 1,5 l
VCP La Grande Dame 2006 0,75l


Cava course – Sparkling wine from Spain

March 4, Friday, Master Course Room, 01:30 PM
Presented by: Sarah Jane Evans MW, Pamela Anzano, Joan Parera, Víctor Bernabé, Bruno Colomer Marti, Herczeg Ágnes, Szeredi Zsolt


We get fabulous sparkling wines from Champagne but the Catalans are also famous of their sparkling wines (and the price is considerably lower). The Cava flight:

– Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs, Codorníu

– Elyssia Grand Cuvée, Freixenet

– Gran Juvé, Juvé y Camp

– Gran Claustro, Castillo Peralada

– Gran Reserva Barrica, Agustí Torello Mata

– La Vida al Camp cava brut, La Vida al Camp

– Gramona (more details soon)



RhoneWhine from Rhône-Valley
March 4, Friday, Master Course Room, 03:30 PM
Presented by: Anne Mc Hale MW

Come and make sure yourself that Rhône is as excellent as other iconic wine regions of France. Anne McHale Master of Wine will be your guide and travel with you by Rhône from the north end to the South end discovering all appellations and vineyards alongside the river. You can taste less well-known white varieties, the peppery character of the Syrah from North-Rhône and the rich claret cuvees from the South. The Master Course offers you an exquisite introduction of the Appellation.



Szekszárd in the bottle, or what is the Szekszárd terroir and style?

March 4, Friday, Workshop Room, 03:30 PM
Presented by: Elizabeth Gabay MW and Sebestyén Csilla AIWS


The Pannon Wine Region is exciting with its great diversity. Therefore, the wine region is fully adequate to offer wines for an exquisite supper from the aperitif to the cigar. Two ladies will show you the capabilities of the wine region through its beautiful clarets.


The Great Challenge – digital blind test

March 4, Friday, Master Course Room, 05:30 PM
Presented by: Caroline Gilby MW, Natasha Hughes MW, Anne Mc Hale MW, Rod Smith MW, Romsics László


It was a top hit last year, so we do it again. Two hundred visitors and our 5 experts with Ipads can taste 12 wines blind. Everybody evaluates the tasted wine and the average score of the visitors and that of the experts can be seen on the screen after every item. It means that you will know how your assessment relates to that of the others and of the experts. You can taste big shots from Bordeaux and big shots from the New World. Will you recognize them?


Champagne mumChampagne Mumm

March 5, Saturday, Master Course Room, 09:30 AM
Presented by: Thomas Lignier

The red ribbon has become a symbol on the Formula-1 races every Sunday when the winner opens the bottle of Mumm Champagne. However, Mumm is much more than the official award of the Racing Circus especially now when Mumm shifts over to Formula-E of the electric cars. The Wine House has 200 hectares of premier cru or grand cru areas in Champagne. They use the cuvee of wines from 77 different areas for making their non-vintage Cordon Rouge.


Mumm Cordon Rouge
Mumm Vintage 2009
Mumm Blanc de Noirs
Mumm R. Lalou 2002
Mumm R. Lalou 1999 Magnum



wine _scienceWine Science – Believe it or not – encounter of nature and science, or why grape and wine is absolutely logical?

March 5, Saturday, Workshop Room, 09:30 AM
Presented by: Herczeg Ágnes

Artisan wine? Science? Where is the limit of intervening? What is the point where natural turns into manipulated? Significance and definition of the terroir? Significance of package and communication? This workshop focuses on the correlation of science with grapes and wine – from planting to tasting. Instead of complicated chemical formulas we are going to scrutinize problems – generating great debates – in a very entertaining way and through tasting great wines.



Tokaj in international context

March 5, Saturday, Master Course Room, 11:30 AM
Presented by: Caroline Gilby MW, Elizabeth Gabay MW, Nick Adams MW


The Tokaj Kereskedőház (Tokaj Trade House) is being reborn nowadays. We can taste wonderful dry wines from them recently, thanks to the very conscious developments. The newest “aszú” of the new age is before issue. The government owned cellar is not afraid of challenges; they know them and want to meet them. Therefore, they put international examples to some of their items on our master course and three British Masters of Wine will help us seeing the Tokaj wines really in international context.


2014 Tokaji Sárgamuskotály félszáraz – welcome wine
2014 Tokaji Cuvée száraz  – Compania de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez Basa Blanco, 2014
2014 Tokaji Furmint száraz – Domane Wachau Neuburger Terrassen Spitz Sommelier Edition, 2014
2014 Tokaji Kõvágó Furmint -Frédéric Curis Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay Grand Vin De Bourgogne 2014
2013 Tokaji Késői Arany – Sablettes Sauternes, 2010
2013 Tokaji Aszú – Castelnau de Suduiraut, 2012 és Feiler-Artinger Ruster Ausbruch, 2013

2013 Tokaji Aszú Szarvas dűlő – selected aszú
2013 Tokaji Essencia – The king of wine


Ornellaia, the icon of Tuscany

March 5, Saturday, Workshop Room, 11:30 AM

Presented by: Axel Heinz


The most attractive wine region of Italy is Tuscany and Ornellaia is a real jewel of it. This top estate has never made any public tasting party in Hungary before, no wonder that the room for 100 people was quickly sold out (the waiting list is quite long too). The lucky ones bought their tickets in time and they can taste 6 wines presented by Mr. Axel Heinz wine maker.


Villányi and other Francs

March 5, Saturday, Master Course Room, 01:30 PM

Presented by: Anne-Charlotte Genet, Rod Smith MW, Yotam Sharon, Győrffy Zoltán, Horkay András

It is a clear vision of wine makers from Villány that any wine man should think of Villányi Franc whenever hearing the word of Cabernet Franc. You can taste international Francs together with Francs from Villány on our master course, especially to see the diversity of this variety and to see whether it really found its home in Villány. The flight:

– Clos de La Dioterie 2011, Domaine Charles Joguet, Loire, France

– Clos du Chêne vert 2011, Domaine Charles Joguet, Loire, France

– Cabernet Franc, 2013, Alona, Israel

– Wassmann Pincészet Cabernet Franc 2013, Villány

– Bock Pince Villányi Franc 2012, Villány

– Vylyan Pincészet Villányi Franc 2012, Villány

– Gere-Weninger Villányi Franc 2012, Villány

– Sauska Pincészet Cabernet Franc 2011, Villány

– Heumann Pincészet Cabernet Franc 2011, Villány

  • Malatinszky Kúria Cabernet Franc 2007, Villány


Cave de TainCave de Tain l’Hermitage

March 5, Saturday, Workshop Room, 01:30 PM

Presented by: Xavier Gomart

Cave de Tain l’Hermitage Estate has been producing wine on the northern part of Rhône-Valley for four generations by now. They have 5 “crus” of exquisite quality: Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Péray, Cornas and the mythical Hermitage. They export their wine to more than 40 countries; they have got several high scores from Robert Parker (US) and Jancis Robinson (UK).



Chile, Santa Carolina

March 5, Saturday, Master Course Room, 03:30 PM
Presented by: José Andueza


Santa Carolina is one of the oldest estates of Chile. It has been established by Don Luis Pereyra and named after his wife in 1875. They export wine to more than 90 countries today. They perfectly merge the experiences of 125 years with the latest technology improvements, which is clearly proven by the fact that Wine Enthusiast Magazine has voted Santa Carolina as the Cellar of the Year from the New World in 2015.


Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Gran Reserva Chardonnay

Reserva Merlot

Reserva De Familia Carmenere

Reserva De Familia Cabernet Sauvignon

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Washington stars, or it is not only California to produce good wine

March 5, Saturday, Workshop Room, 03:30 PM

Presented by: Michael Schaefer, USA

Hearing about wine production in the States everybody thinks of California. However, the real wine lovers know that the northern parts of the West-Coast also offers you exciting wines waiting for being discovered. It is not an accident that the King of Riesling, dr. Ernst Loosen joined to such an estate and washingtonnow you can taste the first result of this joint venture:
– Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling, 2012

–  Col Solare, 2012

–  Hedges Family Syrah, Red Mountain

–  Hogue Cellars Genesis Syrah

–  Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

–  Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon


Following Alexander the Great – Intrigue and Invasion, Passion and Wine

March 5, 2016, Master Course Room, from 05:30 to 07:00 PM

Presented by: Elizabeth Gabay MW, Caroline Gilby MW, Yotam Sharon, Darrel Joseph, Mustafa Camlica, Zorik Ghariban, Csizmadia-Honigh Péter

Mosaic of Alexander the Great

One of the greatest personalities of history stood close to wine. He drank a considerable amount in his life, and poisoned wine caused his death. The countries conquered by Alexander the Great preserve his memories even today; we even know a winery called Alexandria. We follow the route of Alexander on one of the most exciting courses of VinCE Budapest – obviously accompanied by wine. Elizabeth Gabay Master of Wine will lead you and you can taste wines from India, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Armenia, Greece, Cyprus and Macedonia. The Israeli wine will be the real curiosity made of an ancient grape variety. The variety is verified by DNA experiments of the local scientists and the recent researches do not exclude the opportunity the Jesus shared this wine with his apostles on the last supper.

Darrel Joseph

Darrel Joseph photo June 2013Darrel Joseph is based in Vienna, Austria, and writes about the wines and wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe for publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Meininger’s Wine Business International and   His work has been published also in the Wine Spectator and he has contributed to Hugh Johnson´s Pocket Wine Book. He also tastes for a range of publications, including Gault & Millau in Austria. A specialist in Tokaji wines, he was the English language editor of the book Tokaj, The Wine of Freedom, by Lászlo Alkonyi. In addition to his writing, Darrel participates as a judge in international winetastings and competitions, including the renowned Decanter World Wine Awards in London.Darrel also conducts wine tastings and presentations for wine clubs, wine schools, businesses and private clients throughout Europe.


1, Israel Marawi 2014 (ancient white variety grown at 900m)

2, Turkey Camlica – Papaskarasi 2014

3, Cyprus, Petritis 2014 (made from 100% Xynisteri from, around 1400 metres)

4, Greece Skouras Grand Nemea 2011

5, Ksara Single vineyard Chardonnay vintage ? (from 1400m)

6, Armenia Zorah Yeraz (Areni Noir) 2012 (from 1600m)

7, Israel Seahorse ‘Antoine’ 2013 Rhone blend

8, India: Grover Zampa Vineyards: Vijay Amritraj 2013

9, Republic of Macedonia: Barovo Tikves Winery 2012


Calvados Christian Drouin: The perpetual life of apple spirit of Normandy

March 5, Saturday, Workshop Room, 05:30 PM

Presented by: Gauillaume Drouin

CalvadosThis small distillatory firm achieved prime results on the Calvados test of VinCE Magazine. The heir of the company, who has still been working there, came to Budapest now. He is responsible for blending and he will help us in tasting their aged and extremely rich spirits. If you taste Calvados once you will love it forever. The flight:

  • Blanche de Normandie
  • Selection
  • VSOP
  • XO.
  • Pierre Pivet X.O.




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