Our main goal is to find balance and elegance in the wine. It is still under debate, whether we should or should not mix varieties or grapes from different vineyards to create the perfect Tokaj wine. We do see some differences among the soils in our vineyards, as well as we can find a wide range of fragrances and aromas in the wines, too. At the moment in our way, we are ready to learn and collect experience on our vineyards, but not prepared yet to evaluate these diversities between them. We might not be able to do so ever – perhaps it is not even a task of our generation. To be frank, there are only medium-term plans that can fit even in our optimistic way of thinking, we cannot make it longer at the moment. Our recent goal is to get to know our vineyards as much as possible in order to provide a long-term, solid basis for our family, for the next generation. To achieve it, we do not mind at all if we get no more than a barrel of wine from a single vineyard.
It is a 70-year old vine cultivation (though, we have been saying the same for 10 years now). It is a co-cultivation of Hárslevelű and Furmint vines. Vines are head-trained and the vineyard is ploughed traditionally by horses. These vines have achieved a miraculous symbiotic balance there, the quantity of the yield is always optimal here, i.e. the vines produce only that amount of bunch, which can be ripen safely at the best quality in the season – we have never had to make cluster selection in this vineyard. We form a kind of plate by digging a shallow hole around the vines in order to maintain the loess soil washed out by precipitation and erosion. It is located on the southern side of the Tokaj Hill.
It is a 40-year old vineyard, located on the western side of the Tokaj Hill. It is our little wedding gift from the family – however, all in one, we have broken so many dinner sets with our 3 children so far that we should rather have asked plates and cups instead. Wines with lush fragrance and gorgeous acidity are made from this plot with loess and erubase soil in an area of about 0.5 hectares.
The name translates as “border” and it basically designates the border of two villages (Erdőbénye and Olaszliszka). Our vines live on a little hillock located under a volcanic cone. The very exciting and unique soil here is based on the residual sedimentary rock from the ancient Pannonian Sea. Its greyish soil is very easy to cultivate – and the wines from here are suitable for long ageing.
It is situated at the foot of an ancient volcano, it is basically a highland with lots of stones in the soil. The rhyolite having been conveyed out of the plot, was used by the council of wine community to re-construct local vineyard roads. Both the soil and the produced wine have a typical flint-like fragrance here.
Csontos was originally a family name as found in a local document dated back to the 1470s. The vineyard has got rich brown forest soil with slaty rhyolite formations. We do believe that the old terraces on the hilltop would provide Jóska’s ”dream grape” for the next decades. We have got a pretty new plantation on the hilltop, some 40-60 years old vines in a lower area, a stone house, and some good neighbours around here – basically all what we need!