The wine region

Villány is situated in the south-west of Hungary about 30 km south of Pécs and has sub-mediterranean climate. The wine region has the reputation of the leading red wine area in Hungary. In the western part of the area arround Siklos, also high-quality white wines have been produced for centuries benefitting from soils with higher limestone content.

The wine region has a loess layer up to 25 m thick, with a high limestone and mineral content. Remarkable is the high magnesium content, which is responsible for their typical mild animating bitterness in the Villány terroir wines.

Red wines get produced from the grapes of Blue Portuguese, Kékfrankos (Lemberger, Blaufränkisch), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Kadarka and Syrah. White wines from the varieties Olaszrizling, Hárslevelu, Királyleanyka, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a very small quantity of Furmint.

The soils are formed by sediments of the Pannonian Sea. The vineyards are situated on hills facing sout, south-east and s0uth west, that origin from geoligical elevations.

Since the political turn of 1989, the wine-growing region has experienced a renaissance as one of the great European redwine terroirs.