Buda winery earns awards at international wine competition

Staff Report

Local winery Water 2 Wine Buda earned several prestigious awards at the 2021 Texas International Wine Competition (TIWC), held between Dec. 3 and 4 in Buda.

The panel of expert judges — which included Masters of Wine, winemakers, wine writers, beverage directors and sommeliers — tasted wines submitted by vineyards from around the country and world, awarding gold, silver and bronze medals.

Water 2 Wine won silver medals for their Hungarian Roots, Diablo Rojo and Old Vines Zinfandel wines and a bronze medal for their Amarone wine.

“Hungarian Roots is one of our favorite wines we make,” said Don Gottschalk, co-owner of Water 2 Wine. “It’s a stunning red aged with Hungarian oak and shows lively cherry notes and bright acidity. It’s named in honor of the original Hungarian settlers in this area.”

TIWC is one of the largest wine competitions in Texas, founded by Bonnie Villacampa, an international wine judge and co-founder of Baron de Villacampa, a wine brand from the Rioja region in Spain.

The 2021 competition featured more than 660 unique wine entries from 140 wineries.

“We are so proud to be recognized at one of the largest wine competitions in Texas for wines made right here in Buda,” said Dane Aziz, co-owner and head winemaker at Water 2 Wine. “We’ve put so much care into the crafting of these wines, and recognition at this level shows that our wines can hold our own with the best in the entire state.”

Water 2 Wine is located in downtown Buda. All wines are made on-site from grapes sourced from vineyards around the world, specializing in creating low-sulfite wines of exceptional quality.

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