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Szeleshát
Estate

The origin of this single vineyard

Szeles-hát is a single vineyard, has its own microclimate. These southern faced slopes warming up easily because it is located between the hungarian Great-Plain and the Geresd hillside. There is a constant wind on the top of Szeles-hát because the hot dry air from the Great-Plain mixed with the cool air from the hillside area. Szeles-hát means in hungarian „windy hill top”. Every part of Szeles-hát is in the best official vineyard category.

The Estate

Our family discovered this fully abandoned area with a very high potential for top quality vine growing at the southern part of Szekszárd wine region, exactly at Szeles-hát. The plantation of the grapes was finished in 2019, the family estate is 57 ha at the very same place.
The mostly grown varieties are Kékfrankos, Merlot and Cabernet franc. Our wines are made with the most modern technologies in a very respective way of the old traditions. We age our red wines in small oak barrels at old tradtional wine cellars at least 6 months. Our purpose is to make balanced, rich flavoured unique terroir wines only made at Szeles-hát vineyard.

The estate’s history before 1998

The Szeles-hát terroir is located at the middle of Szekszard wine region. It was a proud and well known wine growing area that is 25km long on the west side of Danube river. It is about 140-165 km south from Budapest. History had a huge impact on the people living this area. Back in the beginning two thousand years ago, the Celts were engaged in viticulture and winemaking. The first written records date back to Roman times, when the ancient passages of the Roman Empire (Limes) ran just below the vineyards of Alsónyék and represented the eastern border of the empire. Wine production was continuous in the Middle Ages.
Benedictine monks worked in the vineyards and even during the Turkish occupation it was one of the main sources of income for the locals. Later, the Habsburgs took over the vineyards and used the proceeds to fund the operation of the famous Vienna Academy, the “Collegium Theresianum”. The two world wars of the last century have turned everything upside down. The vineyards were divided into small plots and the ownership of the area also changed at least 6-7 times. During World War II, even the last vines planted before the phylloxera disaster were extinct, which had been protected by chemicals until . In 1946, most German-born wine producers were deported to Germany, and the great historical past was almost forgotten. Only a huge number of wine cellars preserve and remind us. In 1998, we started growing grapes and winemaking in the hope that history would allow us to make our dreams come true.
By 2019, the vineyard grew to 57 hectares by merging and planting the areas, bringing the estate to its final size. We are working with 8 different grape varieties. For the most part, we grow Merlot, Kékfrankos and Cabernet franc whereof we make high quality premium wines.