The tradition of evaluating the quality of wine within the program of the International Economy Fair Mostar, after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally continues to live.
Winegrowers and winemakers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighboring countries, Croatia, Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Hungary, which is also a partner country this year, readily responded to the invitation of the Mostar Fair for the this year's evaluation that, taking into account all objective circumstances, had respectable number of 86 wine samples. Given this fact, we can safely conclude that the evaluation of wine at the Mostar Fair is still undoubtedly a very important and unquestionably relevant place where producers can get an objective picture of the state and level of quality of their wines.
As it has done in previous years, in the review of evaluation we try to present some facts and details that build a picture of the uniqueness of each evaluation for itself. In this regard, we can start with the fact that in this evaluation we had only two samples that did not meet the criteria for winning one of the medals, which is a reliable sign that the general level of objective quality of wine has risen very, very high, which we should all look forward to remain so.
Regarding the selection of the best wine of the Žilavka variety and the Blatina variety, we witnessed the fact that the winning wine of the Blatina variety superiorly surpassed other wines in the competition with its quality and the achieved grade, while the winning wine of the Žilavka variety was obtained after three causes that had very close values of the achieved marks competing with each other.
In the group of other white still wines (without Žilavka variety wine) the winning wine outperformed the competition, while in the group of other red still wines (without Blatina variety wine) the winner was obtained in a competition between two samples in which the winner was the wine from the Trnjak variety. In the absolute category- the category of the best rated wine, which brings the title of champion of the competition, with a score of 93 points, a sample of predicate Traminer was selected to attribute the selective harvest of dried berries from Ilok, from where we had many champions in the past.
However, I would like to pay special attention to the fact that at this year's evaluation we had a larger number of samples of Trnjak wine than ever before and that one of them won the title of winner of the group of red wines. This is certainly a clear sign that it is indeed a very valuable variety of extremely high potential, which in practice is slowly but surely standing on an equal footing with the duo of Blatina and Žilavka. Therefore, it seems reasonable to me in the foreseeable future to consider the establishment of a competitive group of wines from the Trnjak variety, which would further strengthen and raise awareness of the importance of this indigenous variety in the development and improvement of Herzegovinian viticulture and winemaking in general.
Finally, I extend my sincere congratulations to all producers, participants in the evaluation who sent their wines to this year's festival, especially to those whose wines won the title, expecting to see you next year, in even greater number and with maybe some new, old, or for the first time achieved championship titles.
Prof.dr.sc. Bernard Kozina