"The Tokaj wine region – being a world heritage site since 2002 – is one of the most multi-diversified volcanic soil based wine-growing area. Founded by my grandparents, the Gizella Winery is headquartered in the city of Tokaj. Currently I’m engaged in producing wines from 8 different vineyards in the region such as historical Deák, Barát, Szil-völgy, Bige, Kastély, Medve, Szent Tamás and Bomboly, all of them feature exceptional conditions for wine making and offer a real challenge of bottling the harvest each year. I make single vineyard selections and natural dessert wines with limited series. By exploiting the unique characteristics of the single vineyard sites, all of my wines have distinctive attributes which reflect the outstandingly complex terroir. A highlighted project of mine is to reconstruct and promote the well known vineyard of Tokaj called Szil-völgy. Written records firstly mentioned this site in 1612 and it has been classified as a first class vineyard ever since.”
Gróf DEGENFELD - a historical vineyard in Tokaj, Hungary.
For our wines, all the grapes and aszú berries are harvested from the historical vineyards located in Mád and Tarcal.
Since 2009, our vineyards of 32 hectares have been managed by certified organic cultivation.
We are using self-produced compost for improving the soil structure and fertilizing our plantations.
The Gróf Degenfeld estate cultivates the three main grape varieties of the Tokaji wine region (Furmint, Hárslevelű, Yellow Muscat) as well as the three supplementary grape varieties, Kövérszőlő, Zéta and Kabar.
No doubt we are producing the most labour-demanding wine in the whole world with the same unique technology for 500 years.
The botrytis-affected berries with concentrated aromas, having been dried out by the wind and the sun are picked individually by hand. One can pick 20-25 kg a day in an excellent vintage.
The berries are soaked in fermenting base wine, and then they are pressed and aged in Hungarian oak barrels to achieve the perfect harmony and balance. The aszú wine made with this technology is a miracle giving unforgettable experience to everyone for over many decades.
Our winery is in the heart of the Tokaj wine region in Hungary, just a few miles from Europe’s geometric centre. The Mád basin holds a special position in the world of winegrowing because of its unique soil, macroclimate, and microclimate. Settled as early as the 15th century, Mád is identified in ancient documents as a borough. It was a meeting point for barons, counts, lords, and wine merchants, making it a pivotal location for winegrowing and the wine trade.
Holdvölgy operates on an area of twenty-six hectares. Our estate is situated on twenty-two parcels within seven different vineyards in the best areas of the Mád basin. Our cellar is one of the oldest cellar systems in the region, with some sections dating back as far as the 16th century. Our cellar is also one of the longest, measuring 1.8 kilometers.
The history of the winery started with a one-hectare birthday present.
By 2006, the Estate had grown to twenty-six hectares.
The goal was and still is to achieve the vision of creating an iconic brand by international standards.
In the eve of this 21st Century and taking into account all the major wine regions of the World only Tokaj and more particularly the Mád Basin would give us the means to succeed in our quest.
Ikon Winery is situated in Rádpuszta, near Balatonlelle among exceptionally beautiful hills, south of Lake Blaton. The vineyards of Rádpuszta had belonged to the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany for centuries. After a long break, with the establishment of IKON Winery, the place began to retain its original glory. One of the founders of the winery is the well-known enologist János Konyári whose expertise is the guarantee of the high standards of the wines. Currently IKON winery comprises 39 hectares of the following sort : Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot noir. Annual production : 350 000 bottles.