by Caroline Gilby

Sisters Petra and Kata Zsirai inherited this winery from their father Csaba Zsirai in 2011. He was driven by his passion for preserving Hungarian traditions and bought his first vineyards in 2005, as a break from his office job. The sisters now run 15 hectares around Mád and own a small winery in a renovated historic house from the 1700s. Petra and Kata aim to follow their father’s vision for purity, and for protecting nature. They share a passion for Hungarian grapes and are also believers in reviving almost-forgotten Tokaji styles such as Fordítás. Kata was awarded the title of Hungary’s Young Winemaker of the Year in 2018.

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