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“Winery of the Year 2016” – Patricius Winery – Bodrogkisfalud – Tokaj – Hungary

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The National Council of Wine Communities, the Hungarian Wine Academy and the Association of Hungarian Grape and Wine Producers held the ceremony at Bodrogkisfalud, a part of area at Tokaj, to celebrate the title of “Winery of the Year 2016”. This year the Patricius Winery  – Tokaj received the award for its winery which grows grapes in seven vineyards at a total of 85 hectares on its combined are.

The award acknowledges work of wine maker who raise the profile of Hungarian wine on domestic and foreign markets.

The Patricius Winery was already established in the 17th century by the Kékessy family. The Kékessy family’s winemaking traditional mission is well-kept throughout the centuries. To-day the owners are Dezső Kékessy and his daughter Katinka Kékessy. The winery is a reconstructed winepress house of the vineyard Várhegy. The building was previously owned by Jesuits and various aristocratic families, such as the Wolkenstein and Falkenheim, Széchenyi and Rákóczi, Falkenstein and Hohenlohe. Even though the building was used as a simple press house, it was mentioned in the Tokaj – Hegyalja Album of 1867. Mr. Kékessy said  Q.: ”  The main goal of our winemaking process is complexity, harmony, and balance. In the best years we release small batch selections of our most outstanding vineyards.” Also added by saying: “The autumn came with warm, dry days and the development of sugar in the berries looked very good. Botrytis turned up in the first half of September resulting in a very high “aszú” grapes. It is our mission to elevate the dry Tokaj wines to their worthy rank. For these we harvest only the entirely ripe and healthy clusters. We made our first dry Furmint – 2005,  the first dry Yellow Muscat – 2008, and our first dry Hárslevelű – 2009. The secret of Tokaj’s sophisticated taste is the Volcanic soil and the varietals’ distinct flavor set the basic features of these wines.

The Patricius vineyards are situated on volcanic andesite and rhyolite tufa complemented by patches of loess. This exceptional composition of soil giving the special blend. The Tokaj wines thus merit preeminent title, and tokaji aszú is renowned throughout world. The Patricius winery also produce a special  “tokaji aszú törköly” Pálinka.

“Rebuilding a large domain in Tokaj, acre by acre, handful by handful, is more than a passion, it is an oath to the future. It is with this pledge that my father and I purchased the best plots, replanting when necessary, sometimes even reversing the direction of old rows, selecting and occasionally removing the less than perfect vines.  They absolutely established a state-of-the-art winery, a place to learn about creating wine, and enjoy the harmony, the landscape and friendly people whilst visiting the Patricius „grapeland”whilst visiting the venue on a cellar tours and wine tastings.

Was taken on a wine tour down to the basement, where were shown and spoken about the handy equipments that produce the “King of Wines” that melts your soul when drinking the superb wine at/from the Patricius  winery. As said by our tour guide: Q. “In our Tokaj vineyards harvesting begins at the end of October or latest by mid-November and is divided into two distinct operations.

First the mature botrytis shriveled grapes the word “Aszú” phrase in Hungarian covers the handpicked one by one-off the vine. Afterwards, the less botrytis clusters are harvested whole. After fermentation, wine and base wine is placed into 136 liter barrels, known as “The Gönci” barrels”. The Aszú wines are bottled after 2.5 – 4 years kept in old oak barrels.

The Aszú is measured with let’s say, “hods”which is the wooden basket carried on the backside, in Hungarian we say “puttony” that stands for the number of botrytis grapes within baskets … 3, 4, 5, or 6.

The first late harvest wine an excellent wine produced in 2003, which received the brand name Katinka and is protected just as the “Patricius” name of the company.

The wines from Patricius winery participated at the world’s major wine competitions and gained more than 30 gold medals which shows their uniqueness and quality. In 2013 received the awarded for “The most beautiful vineyard estate of the Year”.

A true saying is kept alive when saying… the harmony of food and wine opens new dimensions to the tasters and more to it wish to mention that foreigners “mainly” remember their experience in Hungary by the country’s delights.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter



Winecellar of the Year Award 2014.

Last Thursday took place award ceremony at Borota. Holding this year’s Winecellar of the Year Award was the winecellar at  Hajós-Baja  where the winemaker is  Csaba Koch. The award was handed over jointly by the representatives of the National Council of Wine Communities, the Hungarian Wine Academy and the Association of Hungarian Grape and Wine Producers. The awards were based upon the nominations and the votes given by the professional circles. The second-place of this year’s winery award was  given to the “Frittmann” winecellar , and the third best winecellar title was award by receiving a diploma to the “Béres” Winery.

Background  and  a little history of the winery in a few words about the winemaker of the year 2014. : elder…elder…elder József Koch arrived to Hajós in 1742 and settled down at Császártöltés in 1744. He was one of the 13 founding families at the settlement. He was the very first merchant in the settlement and started the viticulture here that has been passed down for 13 generations.  Thanks to the family heritage and the hard work of his great…great…great … grandfathers in the vintage, it was more than natural  for József Koch born in 1969 to continue the family’s tradition, which this year brought him and his team the award  to be recognised as the Winecellar of the Year 2014.

The Winecellar of the Year awards are given each year  since 2002.  Those wineries  reach the recognition to the title of “The Year’s Winecellar”  which are at home and abroad representing the Hungarian wines, furthermore did the most  in the given year in widespreading the wine culture and the civilized popularization of wine consumption.

Previous years prize winner winecellaries:

2013 “Icon” Winecellar  – Balatonboglár

2012 “Mészáros”  Winecellar – Szekszárd

2011 “Thummerer” Winecellar  – Eger

2010 Pannonhalma Abbey  Winecellar  – Pannonhalma-Sokoróalja

2009 “Szöllősi”  Winecellar   – Ászár-Neszmélyi

2008 Vylyan Ltd. – Villány

2007 “Bock”  Winecellar  – Villány

2006 “Garamvári”  Winecellar   – Etyek-Buda and South Balaton Wine Region

2005  “Disznókő”   Winecellar – Tokaj

2004 “Neszmély” Hilltop Wine Co. – Ászár-Neszmélyi

2003 “Oremus”  Winecellar – Tokaj

Update by Aggie Reiter


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Hungary’s tradition in having the largest wine muster …  the XXXV. National Wine Competition  this year was at Mór, which was organized by the National Council of Wine Communities (HNT).

Early afternoon at the Budapest Music Center  (BMC) was held this year’s  National Wine competition award ceremony, whereas from the four corners of  Hungry’s wine makers,  vineyard owners and family companies, small wineries, the so-called number of „Best Wine of the Year” awarded  wine makers and yet hardly known producers were present along with the media representatives. The wine makers previously headed to Mór in dimensioned their wine products and let alone hosted the competitors with an awesome hospitality.  Only Csongrád county had not signed in the competition. In the year 2013, a total of 319 samples entered the competition which were  judged by local and regional professionals.  Number of samples submitted  this year was 382 wines and champagne. Also international committee was present. The jury consisted of 6-7 members of  professional wine experts. The number of competitors were 118. From the total number of samples  30% received different remuneration. The jury voted 3 big gold, 37 gold and 69 silver prizes were distributed to the excellent wine makers. The XXXV. Jubilee National Wine Competition ended with the result announcement and giving over the prizes by Assistant Secretary of State for Defence dr. Eliza Kiss along with President Tamás Torna (HNT) and András Horkay President of the (OBV). Learnt there were   extremely high entries especially from the wine makers territories of  Villány, Kunsági and Szekszárd. Regarding to the number of competitors  compared to the previous year, 17% more wineries kept in mind the importance of being as competitors  with their wines at one of Hungary’s most important competition. This time in the top 10 grape varieties two from the Carpathian Basin was among the naturalized species. These were: Italian Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Irsai Oliver. It has been said that the most successful female oenologist was Viola Mak Vikmanné and under the  age of 35 years, the young winemaker  Péter Mészáros was recognized. It was told that huge emphasis was put on display in the price and value ratio to help the buyers in finding, having their own beloved wines. The BEST Buy WHITE was the Sauvignon blanc from the Wine Merchant and Production Ltd. The BEST Buy RED was the Hajós-Baja Cabernet Sauvignon from Csaba Koch.  This year, three sophisticated wines had reached the Gold prize …  the Szekszárdi  and the Tokaj wine region receiving the title:  “Honor of Producing”. These were the Mészáros Winehouse,  Puklus  and Takler Winery Cellar. The Puklus Cellar received the Big Gold prize with their „Tokaji Muscat Aszú Essence” from 2003. Dr. József Brazsil, from the Western part of Lake Balaton receiving the Gold prize with the „Riesling Silvaner„ from 2013. The Borbély Family Winery with its “Ice Wine – Italian Reisling”  from Badacsony – Lake Balaton was award with the Gold prize as the best vintage wine. Éva Gálné Dignisz winemaker is by now a regular competitor at Hungary’s wine competitions. This time Eve Gálné Dignisz  – Gal Vineyards and Winery received the Gold prize  for her „Riesling” from 2013.  The Best „Rosé” Gold prize went out to the Szöllősi  Cellar Ltd.   from  Transdanubia region. As the Best Red Wine came from the Mészáros Wine House receiving the Gold prize with its „Merlot Reserve” from 2011., Szekszárd. The Best carbonated products Gold prize winners were given to  the Nyilasi Cellar with its „Fizzyzzz” – 2013., and the „Chardonnay Brut” – 2011 produced by the Törley Champagne Cellars.

 At the end of the prize winner’s ceremony, the competitors,  invited guests and the media representatives were invited to go for tasting the Gold and Silver  prized  superb wines.

Update and snaps  by Aggie Reiter