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Academy presents Otto Légli with "Winemaker of the Year" award

The Hungarian Academy of Wine on Sunday presented Otto Légli, a vintner in Balatonboglár, with the 2010 "Winemaker of the Year" award.

The title, the highest award for Hungarian vintners, is an acknowledgment of not only single wine but of excellence achieved over many years. Légli was picked over Károly Ats from Tokaj, Tamás Dúzsi from Szekszárd, Éva Dignisz Gal from Kiskunság and Péter Vida of Szekszárd in the academy's final vote.

Légli, who has been a winemaker for two decades, told MTI he produces about 150,000 bottles, or 1,000 hectoliters, of wine in a good year. Sales of the wine generate HUF 60-80 million a year.

Most of the vintner's wines, mainly dry white ones, are sold in Hungary. Hungarian winegrowers produced less than 2 million hectoliters of wine in 2010, down from 3.3 million in 2009 because of extreme weather, Csaba Horváth, who heads professional association HNT, told MTI. (Econews)