Kékfrankos a Hungarian thing, over 95 hectares, from the cellar over the equipment to the wine, the legendary Flandorffer Ignác, so many varieties but why not Furmint? The terroir of Spern Steiner, story of Sopron – birth of the bourgeois
2013 starts off as difficult year: from cold over rain to very hot – bad flowering, what is Furmint? Thought on classification, can dry Furmint age? Oremus – thought on terroir, tasting notes
Will be Szürkebarát the big hope of Badacsony? Best of: wines and cellars, faulty wines please don’t, brief tasting notes, the 4T of Badacsony, good mix of international and local varieties, focus on Szürkebarát, more Pinot Gris than Pinot grigio yet it’s different
From Zala to Sweden and back again, And from sparkling to still wines, It’s easier to pronounce, mainly reds – how unusual, Hungarian business and the way to the supermarket or not, Very late harvest, does it work?
From India to London from London to Szekszárd. The roar of the lion. A day to remember: “My son wants to become a winemaker too”. Into the lions cave. Single vineyard approach, we shall see. Szekszárd is fantastic, settling down. Chile could be interesting…
Furmint is under the top 5 white grape varieties when it comes to quality wine making in the world.
Thought on the grape, the wine, history and culture. Kékfrankos also known under the name of Blaufränkisch in Austria and Lemberger in Germany, occasionally Limburger overseas.
Istvan Szepsy plays in a totally different league and can not to be compared to any other wine maker in Hungary. His determination and vision is guiding him on the path to make the best wine, he gets into to so much detail one can almost possible not imagine.
I asked my friend Tibor (Tibor Juhász) to set up an appointment with Péter Vida, from the Vida Winery as I tasted some of his wines but never had met or visited the winery. I had a kind of feeling it its going to be exciting and beside gathering knowledge a definitive experience as well. And I was right…
Tóth Sándor Monostorapáti, Balatonfelvidék, Scheller Estate