- 26 Mar 2012 9:00 AM
"Distilling pálinka isn't just a craft, it's an art, creation itself. The creation of something new from fruit, sunshine, tradition and values" – said Zsolt V. Németh in his welcoming speech to the winners.
The State Secretary explained that in 2011 commercial distilleries had produced around 5-10% more pálinka than in the previous year, although no precise figures are yet available. In 2010, commercial distillers produced a total of 1.26 million litres of (50 percent volume) pálinka.
The quantity produced in hire distilleries was eight to ten times this amount.
He added, "Demand for hire distilling has increased significantly thanks to the liberalisation of pálinka production. Commercial producers are turning to creating higher quality products than previously", surmised the State Secretary.
In addition to the 18 gold medals, the Hungarian businesses that entered the competition also won 65 silver and 59 bronze medals; the most successful Hungarian competitor at Destillata was the Agárdi Pálinka Distillery. The company's products won a total of 4 gold medals, including the Distillate of the Year Award, as well as 8 silver and 8 bronze medals. 187 distilleries from 10 countries took part in the competition."