SOMLÓI APÁTSÁGI WINERY
Winemaker: Balogh Zoltán
Size: 3 ha
Varieties: Juhfark, Furmint, Hárslevelű, Olaszrizling, Tramini
" The name of the winery comes from the history of the estate (in English it is Somlói Abbey Cellar). The technologies of the winery are very traditional and can be characterized as hand-crafting technology. Almost all the work on the plantation is manual to give maximal attention and care to the vines. The pesticides used to prevent diseases and against pests are as environmentally friendly as possible. The fermentation and the aging of the wine happen in various sized oak barrels. The temperature and humidity control is taken care of by the mother nature and centuries-old cellar built from solid rock. The wines of the cellar are aged in oak barrels for at least one year and one additional year in bottle. In the winery, one can find all the major grape types grown on Somló but there are three grapes selected as main types. The higher strips of the plantation with mostly basalt-crumb covered soil fits best to the ancient Furmint type. Furmint gives full-bodied strong and well-aging wine and the vine is susceptible to noble rotting.
Hárslevelű is selected as a good complement for Furmint as it gives a very aromatic and spicy wine.
The third and maybe the most important type is the Juhfark (literally means sheep’s tail). This grape is the own grape variant of Somló. This variety of grape gives very elegant wine with robust acids with clean grape taste. The best characteristic of the Juhfark is that it can humbly express the very unique terroir of the Somló. The wine from Juhfark is the one that aged in new oak barrels for a short time to gain even more structure and complexity."