Gold medalist Hungarian pálinkas

Hungarian pálinkas won 113 medals in Wien, at the annual Destillata International Spirit Awards. Read on for the fresh list of the best pálinkas you have to try!

About Destillata

As a result of ongoing development and continuous improvement of the systems, the Destillata awards for the best spirits have come to be recognised as one of the most serious distillate tastings and is regarded as a link between producers and consumers.

Only products without added sugar are accepted for the Destillata prize tasting. Products with subsequently-added sugar will not be assessed or will be eliminated. The spirits must be clear, and may be aged in wooden barrels. The submitted spirits are classified according to raw material: Pomiferous fruit – stone fruit – berry fruit – grape/wine/yeast/marc – wild fruits – cereal cultivars/beer – special types.

This year the Palais Ferstel of Wien was the home of the awards ceremony.

Destillata 2013

1555 samples of 163 distilleries, from 14 countries – this was the competitive field in 2013. Hungary was represented by 15 pálinka companies, and they won 113 medals altogether, so Hungary finished in the 3rd place. The most successful distillery from Hungary was the Agárdi, with 21 medals.

Hungarian gold medalist pálinkas in 2013:
Agárdi Tolaji Muscal Lunel Pomace Pálinka
Agárdi Barrique Plum Pálinka
Agárdi Cabernet Franc Pomace Pálinka
Árpád Bársony Birs Pálinka 2012 (quince)
Brill Carrot Distillate
Brill Chardonnay Pálinka
Brill Grape Pálinka (Oliver Irsai type)
Gyulai Forest Sour Cherry Pálinka
Márton és lányai Strawberry Pálinka
Nobilis Beer Distillate
Schiszler Grape Pálinka (Oliver Irsai type)
Tuzséri Wild Cherry Pálinka

According to the Hungarian laws, only those products are able to use the name 'pálinka' which are made of Hungarian fruit or pomace. Everything else should marked as 'distillate'.

Visit official website of Destillata Awards for the full list of winners and more photos!