White wines rich in fragrances and acids are typical of the Ászár wine region. These include Chardonnay, Olaszrizling, Ezerjó, Rizlingszilváni, Green Veltelini, Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Tramini and Muscat Ottonel, but lately Sauvignon Blanc, Rhine Rizling and Leányka started to spread too.
In recent years, the cultivation of red wine grapes has been reviving. These include Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot, but with a few exceptions they are primarily used as a base for rosé wines.
The wine selection of our winery also follow these traditional, regional trends.
Rizlingszilváni (or Müller-Thurgau) is not only one of the most popular wines of our winery, but it is also one of the main varieties of the Ászár wine region. It’s a hybrid grape variety of Swiss origin, known in many countries as Müller Thurgau. An early ripening, rich white wine grape, that produces a light, fragrant, fast developing wine, with medium sugar level, low acidity and very harmonious flavour.
Szürkebarát, also known as Pinot Gris or Pino Grigio, is the main variety and the flagship wine of the Ászár wine region. It originates from France and is a member of the Pinot family (direct relative of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir). Medium-ripened (end of September, early October), medium-bodied white wine grape variety. Szürkebarát is full of delicious acids, perfume-like scents, walnut, smoky, spicy, and sometimes honey-like taste, whether it is a dry, a sweet or, in a even super-sweet (noble-rot) version.
Cserszegi fűszeres is a Hungarian grape variety, which was created by Károly Bakonyi from the Irsai Oliver and Red Tramini (Roter Traminer) grape varieties in Cserszegtomaj near Keszthely in 1960. The word fűszeres means spicy. The grape variety has a high yield with high sugar content. It is less sensitive to cold (initially it was intended for the northern part of the country), but may suffer from drought. It ripens early and is picked in the second half of September. Wine made from it is usually dry or off dry, with harmonious acids, a distinctive aroma, a spicy taste and a Muscat-like scent.