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ABOUT US


Philosophy

The Szekszárd region, which covers 2,300 hectares, is part of the larger Pannonia region and is located in the south of Hungary.

We currently work 12.5 hectares and integrate grapes from another 8-10 hectares every year.
Our main grape variety is Kékfrankos, a local grape which provides the backbone of Bikavér.

Our aim is to pick the highest quality grapes every autumn regardless of the climatic conditions that prevail. To achieve this goal, we cultivate the vineyards with the utmost care. We control yields by carrying out shoot selection. In addition to efficient ‘green work’, we carry out plant protection at the most appropriate time.

We consider the specific characteristics of the vintage when we apply bunch selection to the final crop. The optimum harvest date is decided upon after tasting the grapes, which in turn allows us to better ascertain the ripeness of the tannins, though we of course also pay close attention to the lab analytics.

Our grapes are picked strictly by hand, so we are able to select just the healthy bunches. Manual selection is repeated in order to be extra sure of the quality of our work during the winemaking process.

Our white and rosé wines are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in order to preserve freshness and fruitiness and are subsequently bottled after a short period of ageing.

Our red wines are fermented in open vats after being inoculated with selected yeast and we carry out punching down regularly during fermentation. A short maceration is then followed by the racking of the wines into oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously. The wines are aged for between 12 and 30 months.


Style

“I think our wines have been continually improving, becoming more refined and elegant in the process. They have become more sophisticated, taughter, less oaky and the characteristics of the grapes are more tangible.” – Csilla Sebestyén

“I have a very similar palate to my sister, but of course we sometimes hold different opinions. However, the most important consideration is that the style sought is unquestionably the same, which leads us towards Burgundy.” – Csaba Sebestyén

Vision

“When we buy new land, great potential is obviously required and envisioned. Lately, we have chosen only particular plots for certain grape varieties, like those which favour Kéfrankos and Kadarka. I feel we have just about reached the size of operation that we can still personally oversee with full confidence. Neverthless, the total amount of bottles produced will increase when the new plantations start to yield grapes. We throroughly intend to keep concentrating on making increasingly high quality wines. Red wine is the main direction and within this category we’d especially like to focus on premium wines.” – Csaba

“We’ve started to introduce and build on the region’s attributes through our single vineyard wines. Every decision we take is absolutely essential, which calls for rigorous attention to detail. We strive to raise the bar each time. For this reason we constantly learn about our vineyards, taste wines and travel to show our wines. Our long-term aim is to create single vineyard Bikavér wines in the best vintages. We both believe that Bikavér should become the flagship wine of Szekszárd. Firstly, this is because it is based on local varieties and secondly, only Szekszárd and Eger are able to make it. Consumers on foreign markets are becoming more open to tasting something unique and special. Making, blending and creating good quality Bikavér presents a real challenge, however. It starts with the correct timing of the harvest, then the right choice of oak barrels to age the base wines in separately has to be made. Finally, the blending process can take weeks until we find the optimal balance, whereby the different grape varieties become more than a sum of their parts.” – Csilla

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OUTSTANDING VINEYARDS


Iván-völgy

This valley, the shape of which makes it an excellent site for grape growing, is nicknamed ‘the southern cauldron’. The valley is both southwest- and southeast-facing. In very warm years, the vines have a great advantage in that the valley is not entirely open to the east; therefore the sun’s rays reach the berries in the late morning. Accordingly, the vines have time to rest and the grapes can breathe and carry out the slow but steady acculumulation of sugars.
It can also be called ‘sack valley’ because it is protected from the wind, which can be favourable in cooler years when the berries can ripen from the stored heat.

Its wines are elegant with a long finish.

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Kadarka
Area: 0.6ha
Year of planting: 1950-1970
Training system: bush
Exposure: south and southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ (fossilised limestone)

Kékfrankos
Area: 0.8ha
Year of planting: 1976-1985
Training system: Guyot and single arm umbrella
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ (fossilised limestone)
Clone: KT1

Merlot
Area: 0.6ha
Year of planting: 2003 and 2006
Training system: low cordon
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ (fossilised limestone)
Clone: C348

Cabernet Franc
Area: 0.35ha
Year of planting: 1995 and 2012
Training system: Guyot and single arm umbrella
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ (fossilised limestone)
Clone: E11

Cabernet Sauvignon
Area: 0.1ha
Year of planting: 1996
Training system: Guyot
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ (fossilised limestone)
Clone: E153

Görögszó

The Görögszó is one of the hottest areas of the region and is completely open to the east, so the grapes get the sunlight from the early morning. The choice of the harvest date calls for special attention here because the berries can shrivel by early autumn. The well constructed terraces can hold the rain from summer showers which is absorbed by the excellent water-retaining red clay soils. This water supply can be drawn on by the vines in drought years. The Görögszó is one of the favourite spots for varieties that require lot of sun.

The wines are full-bodied with long ageing potential

Merlot
Area: 1.3ha
Year of planting: 2000 and 2001
Training system: cordon
Exposure: east
Soil: loess with red clay
Clone: C348

Cabernet Franc
Area: 0.35ha
Year of planting: 2000
Training system: cordon
Exposure: east
Soil: loess with red clay
Clone: E11

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Nána

The Nána is a cool and windy plateau where the wines have lower alcohol and vibrant acidity, which best represents the elegant style of the Kékfrankos grape.

Kékfrankos is a real princess here!

Kékfrankos
Area: 0.3 ha
Year of planting: 2004
Training system: low cordon
Soil: loess
Clone: KT1

Szentgál

Szentgál is a cool vineyard, where our grapes grow nicely in all vintages – even after a very hot summer the grapes maintain fresh, crispy acidity.

Zweigelt is a light-bodied, summery fruit bomb here!

Zweigelt
Area: 0.9ha
Year of planting: 2007
Training system: Guyot
Soil: loess
Clone: GU3, 123

Porkoláb-völgy

The Porkoláb valley is another cauldron where our plots are mostly planted on the southwest- facing slopes, which means the grapes enjoy the sunshine from sunrise to sunset. Our Kékfrankos, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes are planted on the lower parts of the slope giving them the opportunity to retain firm acidity and moderate alcohol levels every year.
Kadarka is planted on the higher parts to avoid the autumn mists and to protect the grapes against rot.

The wines are very elegant with tangible minerality.

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Kadarka
Area: 0,1ha
Year of planting: 2017
Training system: bush
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ and red clay
Clone: P122

Kékfrankos
Area: 0,9ha
Year of planting: 2017
Training system: Guyot
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ and red clay
Clone: KT1, H41

Merlot
Area: 0,25ha
Year of planting:  2012
Training system: cordon
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ and red clay
Clone: C348

Cabernet Franc
Area: 0,8ha
Year of planting: 2012
Training system: Guyot
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ and red clay
Clone: E11

Cabernet Sauvignon
Area: 0,6ha
Year of planting: 2012
Training system: Guyot
Exposure: southeast
Soil: loess with limestone ‘dolls’ and red clay
Clone: E153

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BORAINK

Iván-völgyi Bikavér 2015

Everything is provided in the Iván-völgy for us to be able to realise our family’s dream of creating our most important wine – a single-vineyard Bikavér that’s about the place of growth, the varieties and tradition. We only had to wait for the right vintage once again. 2012 was such a year.

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5 500 Ft

Iván-völgyi Kadarka 2012

We harvested the grapes from one of our most caringly cultivated plots, from vines that were planted during our grandparents’ lifetime. Following traditional fermentation and ageing in large barrels, it became a deeply flavoursome and colourful wine, and much more than what we would normally expect from the variety. Full and dark, it can be laid down for years. 2,400 bottles were made of it.
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3 500 Ft

Nánai Kékfrankos 2013

The birth of Nánai Kékfrankos can mostly be linked to my sister. She was the one who discovered this slightly feminine side of Kékfrankos from among our wines. It’s up to her which barrel makes it into the final blend and which ones are left out. She often says that it’s her favourite Sebestyén wine. My response is that it’s her wine. Csaba Sebestyén.
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3 500 Ft

Görögszói Merlot 2015

This wine is the result of our experimental nature and curiosity. The Görögszói pleases the taster with its unique style every year. Thanks to the favourable weather of the 2013 vintage, mainly the exceptionally nice October weather, we managed to make an elegant and harmonious wine.

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5 000 Ft

Görögszói Franc 2013

We grow the raw material for this wine in a tiny parcel of the exceptional Görögszó vineyard. Vinified traditionally from the carefully selected clusters, the wine was aged in French, Hungarian, Austrian and American oak barrels for 20 months.

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5 000 Ft

Porkoláb-völgyi Merlot 2015

Porkoláb-völgyben azt szeretem, hogy a vörös agyagos talaj a borainkat finom minerális jegyekkel gazdagítja. Az innen származó borok nőies kerekségükkel és hosszan tartó fineszükkel egy igazán elegáns arcukat mutatják meg a fajtáknak.

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5 200 Ft

Porkoláb-völgyi Franc 2015

Porkoláb-völgyben azt szeretem, hogy a vörös agyagos talaj a borainkat finom minerális jegyekkel gazdagítja. Az innen származó borok nőies kerekségükkel és hosszan tartó fineszükkel egy igazán elegáns arcukat mutatják meg a fajtáknak.

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5 200 Ft

Grádus Cuvée 2013

The meaning of the word grádus is step, grade, degree or measurement. In the spirit of this gradualness, while increasingly getting to know our vineyards, we strive to make even better wines in every outstanding vintage. We picked ideally ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the Görögszó vineyard and from the Iván-völgy, the latter which is also where the winery is situated.
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5 500 Ft

Cserszegi fűszeres 2016

A light summer wine with varietally pure, spicy aromas and vibrant acidity. In order to keep its freshness and aromas, we carried out controlled fermentation and tank ageing. The result is lower alcohol, a touch of carbon dioxide, crispiness and liveliness.

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1 500 Ft

Rosé 2015

A fresh, light rosé made from blending Kékfrankos, Zweigelt and Syrah. Modern technology with controlled fermentation. Pronounced strawberry and tropical citrus fruit both on the nose and the palate. Consume it well chilled, at 8-9 °C.

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1 500 Ft

Siller 2015

Somewhere halfway between a rosé and a light red wine. An easy-going wine that conveys rosé’s freshness and lively acidity but also the subtly velvety tannins of red wine. We fermented it in barrels where it was also aged for 4 months. Excellent served with light BBQ dishes on summer nights.

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1 750 Ft

Kadarka 2015

Kadarka is fruity. Kadarka is zesty. Kadarka is spicy. Kadarka is light. Kadarka is a difficult grape. Kadarka is our love. It was fermented in vats, then aged in ászok barrels for a year. This is the way we love it.

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2 300 Ft

Indigó 2016

Indigó has become a zesty wine once again in 2016 and is full of fruity notes, such as raspberry and redcurrant. We fermented the crop of the Hungarian and Austrian clones in open vats, ageing the wine briefly in tanks, so that we were able to bottle Indigó in its most vivacious form. Get ready for the adventure!

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2 300 Ft

Bikavér 2014

Szekszárd Bikavér, our wine region’s most important blend, is for us the most important wine of our winery. We selected our most beautiful wines for it with special care. It’s a spicy, full, layered wine with great drinkability. This is exactly how we like Bikavér in Szekszárd. For us, this is the very essence of the wine region.
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2 300 Ft

Merlot 2014

We selected the base material for this wine from the region’s outstanding vineyards: the Görögszó and the Iván-völgy. Deep garnet colour, with black berry fruit complemented by the spicy barrel notes. An elegant, beautifully balanced wine that owes its subtle tannins and velvetiness to the exceptional vineyards.
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2 300 Ft

Cabernet 2013

Our blend, made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, shows the beauty of both varieties. The flavour of black berry fruit mixes with mint and sweet spices. A smooth, greatly enjoyable and flavoursome Szekszárd wine.

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2 300 Ft

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TASTING

Wine tasting in Szekszárd

On booking by phone, we are happy to welcome groups of wine lovers of up to 24 people. The wine tasting always comprises our current wines which are currently on release. We introduce the winery, share our philosophy and future plans through our six single vineyard wines during the tasting. Homemade delicacies, such as ham, sausage, salami and cheese are served with fresh bread at the tastings, on request of the guests.
The duration is between two and three hours.

Wine tasting and cold bites

Only by booking ahead!
Tasting of our premium wines: 6,000 Ft / person
‘Farmers’ plate’: 3,000 Ft / person

Purchase of bottled wines

from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6 pm

Learning together

Would you like to learn the technique of wine tasting with friends or colleagues?
We welcome those who have a thirst for wine knowledge, from groups of friends to companies carrying out team building.

Themes:
– factors that define the wines styles
– the steps of wine tasting
– the practice of wine tasting
The duration of the program is 4 hours
We also do the ‘training’ in English.

Sebestyén Csilla, sommelier, WSET (AIWS), Weinakademiker
Mobile telephone: +36 70 884 8416

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KAPCSOLAT

Sebestyén Szekszárd

Cím: 7100 Szekszárd, Kalász u. 26.
Telefon: +36 74 318 360
Mobil: +36 30 378 1210
e-mail: sebestyenpince@t-online.hu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/csaba.sebestyen.712