“THE ROYAL WINE CHALLENGE” AT THE ROYAL PALACE
Belgrade, 24 May 2009 – “The Royal Wine
Challenge” was held today at the Royal Palace in Belgrade. Their
Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine
and Princesses Natalia and Irene Strozzi from Toscana hosted the
Reception. This was also a wonderful occasion for the rose
exhibition organized by The Royal Rose Society which is under the
patronage of HRH Crown Prince Alexander, as well as for annual
gathering of the Royal Warrants.
From May 16 to May 18, three judging committees
of best European and Serbian sommeliers evaluated 330 samples of
wine from 15 European countries at the White Palace.
Wines were from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany,
Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain. The
Serbian wines were 35% of the participation, which emphasizes the
international aspect of this competition.
On the score board from 1 to 100, implementing
the OIV (International Organization of Wine and Vine) method, wines
were evaluated in six categories (white dry wines, rose wines dry
and semi-dry, red wines, sparkling wines, desert wines and special
and enriched wines).
Speeches were delivered by: HRH Crown Prince
Alexander II, Princesses Natalia and Irina Strozzi, Mrs. Vida Dzagic,
Deputy President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Gvozden
Radenkovic, President of the Vineyard-Growers and Wine Producers
Association of Serbia, Mr. Milijan Jelic, in front of the Royal Wine
Challenge Team and Mrs. Barbara Tamburini, one of the judges at this
In his speech the Crown Prince emphasized: “It is a great pleasure
for my wife and I to welcome you all to the Royal Palace for the
Royal Wine Night, final celebration of the Royal Wine Challenge.
This international competition is very important for Serbian wine
manufactures, development of their business, networking with
colleagues for all around the world and at the same time for the
economic growth in Serbia. I really hope that this event will give
the opportunity for Serbian wine producers to be recognized across
the world, and I wish you much success in future”.
The Crown Prince awarded Mr. Milijan Jelic, owner
of Winery Jelic with the title of Royal Warrant.
The official results announcement and champions
ceremony were organized within the “The Royal Wine Challenge”.
Regarding the results (scores won), wines won
bronze, silver, gold and premium gold medals, while the best wine in
each category won a special award.
The Special Championships Medal in the Category
of dry white wines - Terroir la Cra - Macon Ige 2006, Domaine Fichet
(France), in the Category of sparkling wines - Zlatna penina,
Radgonske Gorice (Slovenia), in the Category of red wines - Premium
Reserva 2001, Valduero (Spain), in the Category of desert wines –
Chardonnay 2007, BODREN (Croatia), and in the Category of special
and enriched wines – Bermet, Vinarija Aleks (Serbia)