Károly Áts has been voted the Winemaker of Winemakers in 2020. The award was presented for the 14th time at a gala event at the Rókusfalvy Wine Estate in Etyek on 26th June. Among this year's five finalists were another two from Tokaj, Sarolta Bárdos and Judit Bodó. Five out of the fourteen awardees so far come from Tokaj, the other four being András Bacsó (2016), Stephanie Berecz (2014), István Szepsy (2009) and Zoltán Demeter (2007).
Born into a winemaking family in the Tokaj region, Károly Áts first made his name as chief winemaker of Royal Tokaji from 1994 to 2012 before moving on to work for government-owned Grand Tokaj in 2013. He also runs his own family estate in his home village, Tarcal, where he is now building a new winery and tasting room.
The Winemaker of Winemakers Award was established in 2007 by marketing professional, media personality and winery owner Pál Rókusfalvy. The selection process is fairly straightforward; previous winners of the award select 50 candidates who then choose the winner from among themselves through two rounds of voting. Winning the award is the highest recognition of Hungary's winemaking profession.