Bright and vivacious wines to lift the spirit
Wednesday 05 January 2022
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Szentpéteri family winery is built upon three-generations of experience, which it brings to bear on its 65-hectare vineyard in and around the city of Kiskőrös, in the heart of Hungary. Blessed with sandy and loess-bedded calcareous soil, Szentpéteri is renowned for high-quality wines with a light, fresh, fruity, and vibrant character.
“We shape the character of our white, rosé, red and late harvest wines with the help of traditional and modern technologies,” says the winery’s Aliz Szentpéteri. “Our range includes typical Hungarian wine types, as well as world varieties such as Chardonnay. Our goal is to produce premium, varietal wines, with exciting, distinctive flavour profiles, and that also represent excellent value for money. Alongside that, we want to enrich the reputation of the Kunság wine region and provide a lasting experience for our guests. Thanks to the capacity of our special wine cellar, we can hold cellar visits, wine tastings and events on demand, for up to 80 people.”
The Kunság Wine Region is the largest in the Great Plain of Hungary. Its name is somewhat misleading, as it covers the historical region of Kiskunság, rather than the whole of modern Kunság. For the most part, this famously rugged wine region is located south of Budapest, between the Danube and the Tisza rivers, over an area of nearly 120,000 hectares, 20,250 of which are planted with vines.
“To survive in the difficult terrain of Kunság takes determination, perseverance, the ability to fight, the creation of the good and the lasting, and inherited knowledge from our ancestors. In our family, this knowledge is organically combined with a special dynamic you get from mixing youth with experience. Kunság, in today’s wine world, is an untapped wine region of Hungarian wineries. In its simplicity and complexity, it meets all the challenges of this world.”
“We farm nearly 65 hectares and deal with 18 grape varieties. Of the 18 varieties, 50% are local, traditional varieties, such as Hungarikum, Irsai Olivér, the Cserszegi fűszeres, and more recently Generosa and Kadarka. The other half are worldwide varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling varieties, Cabernet varieties (Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc), but we have Sauvignon Blanc plantations as well. As you can tell from this, besides traditions we also consider innovation to be important.”
Among several notable features, one of Szentpéteri’s flagships is the Néró wine type, which started as a Hungarian variety and delicacy grape, and was granted variety protection in the 1990s, but has not spread widely since then. Szentpéteri brought this type of wine to the Kunság wine region, and uses it in the production of rosé, red and traditional Siller wine, for which it has won multiple international gold medals, including at the world’s largest rosé wine competition, Le Mondial du rosé.
“Hungarian wine culture has developed a lot in the recent years. There is an unbroken tradition of consuming rosé wines as well as dynamic, fresh, white wines like Irsai Olivér. This is good for the Kunság wine region, because we mainly deal with this type of wine; this is our primary profile. At the same time, Hungary is a very diverse country. We have 22 wine regions, which means that we have a very colourful and diverse variety of wine styles, due to the variety of landscapes and wine regions in Hungary.
“The wine style of Hungary has a thousand faces. You can make great, complex, serious wines, as well as fresh, fruity wines, rosé, or late-harvest Tokaj dessert specialties. Everyone coming to Hungary will surely find the style closest to their heart.”
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