Nine hectares, five vineyards, ecological viticulture
For the wines of Sziegl Wine Cellar we grow vines on nine hectares, five different vineyards in the outskirts of Hajós and Érsekhalma. An important note is that on all of these we use ecological viticulture, this is also known as organic or bio-agricultural farming. The most important ingredient here is the non-stop presence and a lot of manual work. We use only natural materials, copper and sulphur, teas and essential floral oils for spraying the vines. Our goal is the creation of a colourful living area where both plants, animals and human feel themselves good. We aim for finding a balance between nature and humankind every day.
Above the wine cellar village there is a hill, where our old vine grapes of Kadarka variety grow. Due to their location, these can only be grown manually. Unique, 100-years-old vines can be found on the top of the loess hill, all of these give us an unrepeatable and concentrated crop. They have a low carrying capacity though, thus they cannot be harvested annually, but in case the year makes it possible, we produce 300 bottles of this old vine Kadarka.
This vineyard has unique qualities, the base of the soil is clay, over this a sandy layer can be found making it special and diverse. This area on the top of the loess plateau is frequently humid due to a river lying beneath it. The result of this is the appearance of botrytis cinerea, the ‘noble rot’ – or as we know it – the aszú. All of our four main wines, the Olaszrizling, the Kövidinka, the Kadarka and the Kékfrankos can be found here, both newly planted young vines and the older grapevines. From the area of Herreberg, wines of concentrated, deep and warm characteristics are born.
Our biggest coherent area can be found here, it’s characteristic variety is the Olaszrizling and Kékfrankos. This vineyard has a distinctive fauna, local animals are our constant guests here. We love the herbs growing naturally in lines here, the colourful fauna around us. This vineyard is also on a hill and the soil is hard and has lots of clay. It produces deeply rich wines, with mineral character.
Hajós/Wine Cellar Village
It might be unnecessary to introduce the world’s biggest wine cellar village, given the fact that Hajós is widely known for its unique atmosphere. We could tell a lot of tales about cardinal Imre Csáky or the settling of Swabians who had the right to plant grapevine, about Saint Orban and the 1300 press houses, but all this data can be found in a lot of sources. Due to this we only mention that the vibe of the wine cellar village of Hajós is catching and everyone should see it with their own eyes.