THE WINE REGION
The Villány Wine Region is Hungary’s southernmost wine region. Hungary’s best-known red wine region has a continental climate with clear sub-Mediterranean influence. The region covers a total area of 4,500 hectares, with more than 2,500 of that currently under vine. The whole wine region is characterised by clayey loess, typically loose and rich in lime.
Both professionals and consumers consider the region’s wines among the highest quality and most sought after products on the domestic wine market. From the late eighties, living family traditions were given the chance to develop, building on historical viticultural traditions. This knowledge can be traced back to Roman times in the region and regardless of what nationality was predominant in the region, wine production has always played an important role. The Romans, Hungarians, Serbs and Germans continually contributed to the knowledge and customs of the previous centuries with new varieties or new viticultural and winemaking technology.
Hungary’s first fully-fledged system of origin protection was established here. Moreover, the Villány-Siklós Wine Route, considered the first bastion of wine tourism in Hungary, started operations here and is still uniting wine tourism service providers in the region.
Villányi Franc is one of the wine region’s most prominent brands. It can be produced in premium and super premium categories according to strict specifications. Villányi Franc is a virtuoso of elegance, balance and fine-tuning, showing its versatility by allowing both winemakers’ individuality and varietal typicity. It spends at least one year ageing in oak and also benefits from extended ageing in bottle. Villány’s classic brand is Villány REDy, which is a light, fruity blend based on Portugieser. It’s Villány’s smiley face.