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EU event to serve Hungarian wines only

Hungary will be the sole provider of wines at an upcoming EU summit.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hands over a ceremonial barrel of 2002 Tokaji Szamorodni to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Image: eu2011.hu

September’s Eastern Partnership Summit hosts the leaders of the 27 EU member states plus the heads of state of the six European Partnership states which include Georgia and Moldova. Hungarian wines will be served at the event as well as at all high level meetings during Poland’s EU Presidency, which lasts until December.

János Martonyi, the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and his Polish counterpart Radosław Sikorski signed a letter of intent, which agreed to promote Hungarian wines with the aim of improving the cultural image of Central Europe.

Judit József, Hungary’s Permanent Representative before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg told Decanter.com, ’Hungarian wines have always played a key role in promoting the favourable image of not just Hungary, but the Central European region as a whole, so we are really enthusiastic about this chance to serve our wines throughout 2011′.

Polish organisers chose 20 Hungarian wines, according to Helga Gál, sommelier to the Hungarian presidency.

Whites include Bujdosó Pince és Étterem Aranyhíd 2007 and Disznókő Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2002, while reds include Thummerer Pince Vili papa cuvée Eger 2006 and Takler Pince Kft. Kékfrankos reserve Szekszárd 2007.

  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Hungarian wines would be served at all EU events during the Polish presidency. We apologise for this error.

Written by Panos Kakaviatos in Strasbourg

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