Villány – homeland of the Hungarian red wine

Villány is the southern most and one of the oldest wine-growing region of Hungary, having very beneficial climatic conditions. It is at the same geographical latitude as the northern part of the Bordeaux wine-growing region. Its climate is considered to be unique from the aspect of viticulture, because the ranges of the Villányi Mountain parries the unfriendly, cold winds from the north, at the same time the warmth of the southern slopes protected from many sides is strengthened by the mild air arriving from the region of the Mediterranean Sea. The vicinity of the river Drava provides early morning dew to the vine-leaves, so even in the hot summer days the plantations are fresh and strong. The dawn dew positively affects grape growing as it encourages the flying insects to assist in the process of pollination to the plantations.

The limestone mass of the Szársomlyó mountain is covered by several meters of highly nutritional, thick loess layers and it operates like a “giant tile stove”. It absorbs warmth in the daytime and slowly releases it back to the grapes on cold nights. The volume of annual waterfall is around 700 millimetres, the number of annual sunlit hours reaches 2100, and the average temperature of the vegetation period is 17.5 °C, the highest in Hungary. An interesting geological phenomenon of this region is the geothermic layers permeating hot waters which keep the roots of the vines warm from below. Hot water springs with curative effects are common in the Villányi Mountain, like the world-famed spa resort of Harkány.

The sub Mediterranean microclimate, rich in light gives an excellent, fiery, full-bodied wine.



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