Introducing Hungary's Gilvesy Winery

  • 6 Jul 2016 9:00 AM
Introducing Hungary's Gilvesy Winery
Let us introduce you to Gilvesy winery from Szent György-hegy in Bdacsony, who will be one of our guest wineries at the next Xpat Wine Club event on 14th July at Hilton Budapest.

The Region is simply spectacular. We are lucky to be able to call this our place of work. Szent György-hegy is part of the designated Badacsony wine appellation. Its beauty immediately astounded me when my old business partner showed me the Esterházy cellar ruins. These are historic viticulture lands, in scenery of mystic tale.

The slopes of the long extinguished volcanic buttes have been feeding vines since at least the 14th century. But it is not just about wine. We’re mad about wine, but what is wine without food and fun? A farmer’s market in Káptalantóti, hang-gliding from Csobánc, mountain biking, horseback riding, sailing, and walking tours, they are all here. We’re not bored when the work is done, and you won’t be either.

The Cellar

Gilvesy Pincészet was built from the ruins of the Esterházy presshouse. The building th century and sits at the heart of Szent György-hegy, enjoying a unique 180-degree panorama. Only the exterior walls, the open-hearth kitchen vault, and the 30-meter long brick cellar were in place when purchased. We decided to save what was left of the building, but to “restore” the rest of the missing structure with a contemporary spirit while using largely traditional materials.

Perpendicular to the main cellar building is the new press house, once the location of the winemaker’s cottage. Modernized, this building and the cellar house the wine-making technology. Though the cellar has an excellent microclimate for winemaking, both stainless steel tanks and wood barrels can be temperature controlled.

The Players

Robert Gilvesy, the founder and creative force rediscovered his passion to work on the land. Born of Hungarian parents, he grew up on a Canadian farm, understanding the land. Later learned about winemaking in Austria and has travelled extensively to further his interest. He works together to craft wines with Marton Ruppert, a young and dynamic winemaker. Together we are a small, but energetic group, passionate about wine and Szent Görgy-hegy.

Our Point Of View

It is with our point of view that we bring to this extraordinary Old World wine region fresh ideas and great enthusiasm. Digging into the ancient slopes of Szent György-hegy and the Badacsony Highlands on the north shore of Lake Balaton, we are focusing on cultivating Hungarian and international grape varietals. Utilising both new and old wine making technologies, it is our goal to create fine handcrafted wines.

Our Wines

We strive to create wines of elegance, wines that express our vineyard and regional attributes, wines that can be enjoyed today, but are better yet when cellared. You can find our wines in the stores of Bortársaság.

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