The Villány Wine Region
About Villany in the Telegraph.
Hungarian viniculture originates its oldest traditions in Villany. First signs of wine making are from b.c. 30-14, from the times of Augustus. Hungarian ancestors were following Roman traditions. By 2000 the region has become one of the best quality wine regions in Hungary. In 2006 as first in the country, Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Guidelines were introduced.
The wine region has two districts, Villanyi and Siklosi, and thanks to nature’s gifts, the first one is red wine, the latter is white wine making areas. The total registered area of Villainy is 2650 Hectares.
Sub-Mediterranean micro climate dominates. This region is the one that warms up quickest during spring. The count of sunny course is very high (could be as 2100), summers are hot and winters are milder. The region has warm, dry weather, long growing times and supported by currents from the Mediterranean Sea. This region has the most warmth and light totals in the country.
It’s soils are mainly loess and clay with dolomite, marl, limestone based, light brown pise forest soil.
To exploit the characteristics of Villany Region, based on German, Austrian and French examples, formed by winegrowers, entrepreneurs, and civil organisations in 1994 Autumn Villány-Siklós Wine Route Association was formed, with Hungarys first wine route. Because of the continuous interest through the past years, the wine route today consists of 18 villages. It is not a coincidence that town which lies at the East end of the Villainy mountains, is the town that this historic wine region was named after. The home of the Kékoportó varietal goes back to the time of the Celtics. The two sides of the High Street of Villany are lined up with cozy wine cellars that welcome the guests with hundreds of years of winemaking experience paired with modern technologies resulting in full-bodied wines and a warm welcome. Professional acknowledgements worthy of consideration that the prestigious ‘Winemaker of the Year” tltle was won four times by winemakers from Villany. The international fame of the region is enhanced by prestigious wine making family’s professional recognitions.