Somló Juhfark Celebration 2021

On October 16, we will organize the unique, representative display of Somló Juhfark for the sixth time, where all the outstanding wines of the variety can be tasted. The winemakers offer, answer the questions, and along with the best wines, you can also enjoy the unmistakable charm of the hill. Additional programs and workshops make the event more special. Tickets online can only be purchased until 10 pm on October 15th! Click on the arrow to read more.

 

Program

Big tasting (13:00-20:00)
with 28 Juhfark wines of 17 wineries. Ticket price 7900 HUF.

Workshops
No1. Journey around Somló (14:00-15:30)
Vineyard tour by bus on the hill. You can taste the favorite wines of the wineries passed during the tour.  Ticket price 4900 HUF.
 
No2. The faces of Juhfark (15:00-16:00)
Tornai vertical Juhfark tasting with international award-winning wines. Led by Tamás Tornai. Ticket price 5900 HUF.
 
No3. Attractions and repulsions (18:00-19:00)
The world of cheeses and Juhfark. Interactive gastro-tasting with Gabriella Mészáros (WSET). Ticket price 7900 HUF. 

Guided museum and cellar tour
Price 1000 HUF, ticket purchase on the spot

The tasting ticket entitles you to an unlimited tasting of the wines offered by the participating winemakers throughout the event, and includes a transfer from the accommodations listed below. Workshop tickets are only valid together with a tasting ticket.

Budapest transfer
A special bus will leave from Budapest for the Juhfark Celebration.
Bus departure: October 16, 2021 at 10 am, Budapest, BAH junction gas station
Bus return: October 16, 2021, 8 pm, Tornai Winery
Ticket price round trip 4900 HUF.

Location
Tornai Winery, 8478 Somlójenő, Somló hegy 1242.

Participating wineries
5 Ház Wine Estate, Barcza Winery, Bogdán Winery, Csetvei Winery, Csordás-Fodor Wine House, Dobosi Winery, Fekete Cellar, Hegedűs-Szabó Winery, Kolonics Winery, Kőfejtő Cellar, Kreinbacher Estate, Somlói Vándor Cellar, Szabó Winery, Szalai Winery, Tomcsányi Family Estate, Tornai Winery, Zsirai Winery

Accommodation
The tasting ticket includes the scheduled transfer from these accommodations: 5 Ház Wine Estate, Hotel Kristály Ajka, JUFA Hotel Celldömölk, Kolonics Winery, Kreinbacher Estate, SBB Guesthouse, Várkapitány Winery

 

We are hiring
20/01/2021
Wine shop assistant

Details:
+36 70 930 1018
szemelyzet@somlo.hu

 

Midsummer Fest

Summer is here, let's celebrate together! Wine and gourmet tastings, barbecue terrace, vineyard tour, cellar visit, music, fun for 3 days, June 18-19-20. The program:

 

Midsummer Fest

Summer is here, let's celebrate together! Wine and gourmet tastings, barbecue terrace, vineyard tour, cellar visit, music, fun for 3 days, June 18-19-20. The program:


FRIDAY

Barbecue terrace | 12:00 - 20:00 | menu here

Big tasting with 10 Somló wineries | 16:00 - 19:00 | tasting ticket 3500 Ft
The most excellent wines of the thousand-faced hill! Taste a special selection of Somló wines, talk to winemakers, learn the secrets of winemaking. With the ticket you are free to taste all the wines presented and take part in a guided cellar tour.
Participating wineries:
Bogdán Estate
Hegedűs-Szabó Winery
Somló Spirit Pálinka House
Inhauser Winery
Kolonics
Winery
Kőfejtő
Winery
Marton
Winery
Somlói Vándor
Winery
Tomcsányi Estate
Tornai Pincészet
Tornai Winery

Truffles and wine | 18:00 - 19:00 | 7500 Ft | by prior arrangement
Few people know that this gastronomic specialty can also be found here in Veszprém county. The aim of the team of the "Forest Bypass" holding the presentation is to acquaint and make them interested as an ingredient. You can now taste them processed in their products - paired with Tornai wines, while also getting to know the exciting details of mushroom collecting.

Party with DJ Zsolt Herendi | 19:00 - 24:00


SATURDAY

Barbecue terrace | 11:00 - 20:00 | menu here

Bike Tour | 14:00 - 17:00 | 3500 Ft
We invite you to a guided bicycle tour around Somló, with a detour to Erdődy Castle in Doba, where, in addition to a refreshing spritzer, Mayor Zoltán Horváth guides us around the castle's wonderful park. The length of the tour is 3-4 hours, and is easy to complete even for those who do not cycle regularly. The price of the program includes a bicycle, a guided walk and a refreshing spritzer or grape juice.

75th Anniversary vineyard tour | 16:00 | 6500 Ft | by prior arrangement
Taste the wine where the grapes grow! Tornai Winery celebrates its 75th birthday this year, so we have put together a special vineyard tour program, where you can learn about the history of Somló, our vineyards and our winery. We present the most characteristic grape varieties of the hill, and we offer the wines made from them.

75th Anniversary wine tasting with Tamás Tornai | 18:00 | 14990 Ft | by prior arrangement
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the winery, owner Tamás Tornai invites you on a special trip: now you can taste wines that we have kept for many years for this event. At the tasting you can learn first-hand the history of the winery's 75 years from its foundation to the present day.

Soccer and spritzer | 15:00 | European Championship: Hungary vs France
Enjoy the match on our projector, in good company, with a cold spritzer!

Guided Cellar Tour all afternoon with on-demand departures 12:00 - 19:00 | 1000 Ft, payable locally
Guided by winemaker Zsófia Horváth, you can visit the Somló Museum and the cellar, gaining insight into places and stories you can rarely hear. We offer a glass of Premium Juhfark on the tour.

Party with DJ Zsolt Herendi | 19:00 - 02:00


SUNDAY

Brunch and Wine - all day breakfast on the terrace | 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday healing lunch, menu here

Inquiry, registration: +36 70 663 2132

 

Pentecost Cellar Walk


If the weather is good at Pentecost, the harvest will also be good, according to folk wisdom. That’s why we open the cellar at Pentecost to lure in the good weather! We offer these programs:

 

Pentecost Cellar Walk


If the weather is good at Pentecost, the harvest will also be good, according to folk wisdom. That’s why we open the cellar at Pentecost to lure in the good weather! We offer these programs:

May 23, Pentecost Sunday

On Sunday the winery has main role! Taste, visit our unique museum and the wine cellar with expert guidance. Relax with a glass of wine in your hand and enjoy the excellent food on the barbecue terrace. And to make the atmosphere even better, pianist Ákos Arany, who has been playing around the world for 25 years, helps. Light melodies, excellent wines, food and the charm of the hill! Come and experience Somló!

With a tasting ticket you can attend in the cellar tour and taste four freely chosen Tornai wines (4x0.5 dl). The price of the ticket: 3000 HUF / person

Cellar tour: from 11:00 every two hours, last 19:00
Restaurant is open from 10:00 to 22:00
The wine shop is open from 10:00 to 21:00
Ákos Arany plays music: 17: 00-21:00


May 24, Pentecost Monday

On Monday, Somló has the main role. In addition to the cellar tours, we invite you to get to know our beloved hill as well. On our guided vineyard tour, we will show the lesser-known face of Somló, while you can taste its unique wines where the wine grapes grow. If you want a more active program, bike around the hill! Sit on a bike and admire all sides of Somló. With us you can also rent a bike for the tour in several sizes, and we will give you a free tour map! And if you get hungry, join the barbecue terrace on Monday as well.

75th Jubilee vineyard tour starts at 13:00, price with 6 wine tastings: 5500 HUF / person. It is 3 km long and lasts about 3 hours. Registration is required: rendezveny@tornaipince.hu or +36 70 663 6641

Cellar tour: from 11:00 every two hours, last at 17:00.
Restaurant is open from 10:00 to 18:00
The wine shop is open from 10:00 to 18:00

The restaurant offers barbecue and other dishes from Friday to Monday, the menu and the festive opening hours can be found here

 

Somló

What you must see

Somló is full of special architectural and natural attractions. Here are some of them. In our Somló tour map (available free of charge in the winery), you will also find how to get to these and what routes you should follow.

 

Somló

What you must see

Somló is full of special architectural and natural attractions. Here are some of them. In our Somló tour map (available free of charge in the winery), you will also find how to get to these and what routes you should follow.


Tread-well
47.13981, 17.3702

 

 

A wooden structure modeled on treadmills. In the huge wheel, 3 m in diameter, with a treading motion, like in the squirrel wheel, it was possible to bring water from the 100 m deep well to the surface. Special architectural and technical monument.



St. Margaret's Chapel
47.14155, 17.37655

 

 

The largest chapel on the hill, built by the nuns of Vásárhely during the reign of King Matthias. It was destroyed during the Turkish occupation, then rebuilt and became a famous pilgrimage site. Behind it stands a smaller chapel erected in honor of St. John the Baptist, and next to it is a statue of Donatus, the saint of the vine-growers who keeps away hail and thunder. Next to the chapel is a 300-year-old protected linden tree that was hit by lightning, but lives on in its shoots.



Stone Kitchen
47.14215, 17.37208

 

 

It is a special natural formation, a grassy area surrounded by huge, converging basalt columns that is only open to the sky. It really is as if we are in a good-sized room, and the smoke from the fire lit here escapes in the same way as in an old kitchen. And even a window opens onto the southern slope of the hill, with the obligatory panorama of Somló.



St. Martin's Chapel
47.15228, 17.37816

 

 

It was built in the 13th century by the nuns of Vásárhely, originally it was probably the chapel of the castle. The simple wooden tower, from which which gives it a fairytale-like atmosphere, was added later. It is located among vineyards in an idyllic location where it is good to relax a bit. Next to it is the building of St. Martin's Spring, where water could be taken in the old days, now you can do it from a small pool surrounded by stone.



Erdődy Castle (Doba)
47.17065, 17.38971

 

 

As we enter the gate of the park, we find ourselves right in the middle of a painting. Huge plane trees, glittering lake, with Somló in the background, a dazzling white castle on the hilltop. It was built in 1839 by Count Károly Erdődy, Archbishop of Várad. Today it functions as a rehabilitation institute, but the huge castle park (a rarity throughout Europe), is planted with special trees. A magical experience.


Zichy Castle (Somlószőlős)
47.16818, 17.36313

 

 

Already in the 15th century a manor house stood here, the romantic style castle was built in its place in 1850. It is reminiscent of a Gothic English knight's castle, not by chance: its builder, Count Zichy-Ferraris Manó, loved his Scottish wife, who left him, all his life, and after her death he built the castle in her memory. After the 2nd World War the building had many functions: it was a council office, kindergarten and granary. It is privately owned today, but its renovation has been interrupted. Construction site, only visible from the street, but still a fantastic sight.


Séd spring
 47.14564, 17.361611

 

 

A marble plaque proudly indicates: Séd spring, decorated in 1887. Then the less demanding posterity announces with an inscription scratched in the concrete: 1981. VIII. 1. What could have been their intention with this? But we don’t even care about it because the place is beautiful and cozy, and sitting on a small bench we can also enjoy the view to the west. The three springs of Somló (the other two are the Márton spring on the eastern side and the Vásárhelyi well in the south) have been the most important water supply for wine growers for centuries, and fortunately they are also highly valued by the people of today. At that time, the head of the spring was built with the cooperation of the locals, as was the new outlet a few years ago.



Chapel of St. Ilona
47.1411, 17.36289

 

 

The predecessor of the chapel, the Church of the Holy Cross, is already mentioned in a 1399 charter. It could have been built by the Pauline Order of Tüskevár (at that time Nagyjenő) and presumably perished during the Turkish occupation. But its memory remained and was rebuilt in the 19th century out of public donation. Recently it has been beautifully renovated. Here, stunning simplicity and gold dominate, next to the chapel with a brilliant golden roof stands a stone cross with a crucified Jesus painted in gold. If we look downwards, a wide-screen panorama unfolds, and if we look up, behind the chapel, we can admire the beautiful vineyard terraces.

If you want to admire the wonderful landscape of Somló, click for the photo galleries: spring, summer, autumn and winter on Somló hill.

 

 

We are hiring
20/01/2021
Chef and tractor driver

Details:
+36 70 930 1018
szemelyzet@somlo.hu

 

Somló Easter

 

Relax, adventure freely and safely on the holiday on Somló. We are open with takeaway, waiting for you with selected food and wines!
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Somló Easter

 

Relax, adventure freely and safely on the holiday on Somló. We are open with takeaway, waiting for you with selected food and wines!

Let’s get the most out of Easter, together! Hike on Somló with family and friends, come to our Wine Shop for a good Tornai wine, say goodbye to winter, heal the wounds caused by the virus!

For the trip, we put together special Easter picnic sandwiches, and provide a free hiking map with the best routes, and you can also rent a bike with us.

Menu:
Chicken baguette: 1990 HUF
Easter baguette (with ham and eggs): 2250 HUF
Somló cream in glass: 1250 HUF
Braided Easter Bread with homemade grape jam: 1250 HUF

Spend the holiday with family or friends outdoors in the fresh air.

+36 70 339 9821

 

We are hiring
06/01/2021
Hospitality and event manager

 

We are looking for a new hospitality manager and event organizer for our hospitality to be renewed. Our wine shop, open all year round, our restaurant, open on weekends with an a la carte menu, our wine terrace, our wine museum and our event hall for 120 people, is waiting for an experienced, dynamic, proactive specialist.

 

We are hiring
06/01/2021
Hospitality and event manager

 

We are looking for a new hospitality manager and event organizer for our hospitality to be renewed. Our wine shop, open all year round, our restaurant, open on weekends with an a la carte menu, our wine terrace, our wine museum and our event hall for 120 people, is waiting for an experienced, dynamic, proactive specialist.

More information:

szemelyzet@somlo.hu

+36 70 930 1018

 

Experience Somló

 

We are open every day. Tornai Winery, at the bottom of the hill, is the best starting point for a trip. Somló is waiting for a thousand wonders, and with us you will get everything you need for an unforgettable tour: picnic package, free hiking map with the best routes, and you can even rent bikes with us. On weekends, our restaurant is also open (menu here) and in the wine shop you can buy our wines, so you can take Somló with you.

 

Experience Somló

 

We are open every day. Tornai Winery, at the bottom of the hill, is the best starting point for a trip. Somló is waiting for a thousand wonders, and with us you will get everything you need for an unforgettable tour: picnic package, free hiking map with the best routes, and you can even rent bikes with us. On weekends, our restaurant is also open (menu here) and in the wine shop you can buy our wines, so you can take Somló with you.



Somló is a fascinating place in every season, discover it! Experience undisturbed tranquility, recharge yourself in the fresh air. Hike to the chapels, the castle, the lookout, drink the water of the springs, admire the view.

 


Leave your car in our free parking lot, where you will also find an electric charger. You will receive a tour map from our colleague with the best routes, and we will take care of your valuables in a lockable luggage storage. For groups, we can also provide a tour guide. And you can rent bikes from us, in different sizes, with vest, child seat and even a carrier. Namely Somló is also worth exploring by bike, and you can find easy routes as well in our tour map.



After the trip, relax on our terrace with a glass of wine or refreshment. The wine shop is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm, here you can buy all our wines.

And if you can’t come, order online, we’ll take Somló to you, all the way to your door. Order wine here.

If you want to admire the wonderful landscape of Somló, click for the photo galleries: spring, summer, autumn and winter on Somló hill.

 

Bike renting
(prices for 4 hours)

 

5. Somló Juhfark Celebration

18/10/2020
World class wines and audience success

The winemakers of Somló organized the display of their iconic variety, the Somló Juhfark Celebration, for the fifth time this weekend. Tickets for the big tasting had already run out in advance, and if the organizers had not strictly limited the number of visitors due to the epidemic, on October 17, there would not have been room to swing a cat in the large event hall of the Tornai Winery.

 

 

5. Somló Juhfark Celebration

18/10/2020
World class wines and audience success

The winemakers of Somló organized the display of their iconic variety, the Somló Juhfark Celebration, for the fifth time this weekend. Tickets for the big tasting had already run out in advance, and if the organizers had not strictly limited the number of visitors due to the epidemic, on October 17, there would not have been room to swing a cat in the large event hall of the Tornai Winery.

 

 

At the tasting, guests could taste 24 Juhfark wines of 13 wineries, the whole range of white wines, from light reductive to traditional and modern barrel-aged and late-harvest dessert wines. But they had one thing in common: outstanding quality by international standards. Somló has now regained its reputation in the world - as evidenced by countless international awards and dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, and Juhfark has a prominent role in that. This variety best shows the unique terroir of Somló, providing a particular minerality.

The tasting also provided clear evidence of outstanding quality in international comparison. In one of the master classes of the event, Attila Fiáth (WSET) compared 4 Juhfark wines from Somló with 4 outstanding mineral wines from the international field. According to the expert, few Hungarian wines would be able to compete with white wines of this quality, and this was confirmed by the audience: in the blind tasting, in two cases the Juhfark was considered better, once the foreign challenger, and in one case there was a tie.

 

Tornai wine online in the UK  

 
If you want to buy Tornai wine in the UK, the best way is this:
Astrum, our UK partner, has recently launched SOCIOVINO, a new online wine store. They offer our Estate Furmint 2017: “Hungary's champion grape variety from a tiny volcanic hill called Somló. Mature yet fresh with flavours of peach and minerality.”

You can order here.

 

Vagány and Varázsló

26/05/2020
2 irresistible summer temptations

We introduce our 2 new summer favorites. Vagány (The Cool) is determined and characterful, Varázsló (The Wizard) is kind and flattering, a real male-female couple. You should taste them also in pairs.

 

Vagány and Varázsló

26/05/2020
2 irresistible summer temptations

We introduce our 2 new summer favorites. Vagány (The Cool) is determined and characterful, Varázsló (The Wizard) is kind and flattering, a real male-female couple. You should taste them also in pairs.

We made these new wines for social occasions, whether it’s a pleasant evening with your partner, a summer party with friends or a family occasion. And they are also excellent food pairings: Vagány can be a good accompaniment to light salads and fish, Varázsló to light summer desserts.

VAGÁNY
With this blend, we want to bring Somló closer to wine lovers who like youthful, light wines and who have known Somló wines as too serious and too characteristic. Somló wines can be cool, youthful, light!

MORE ABOUT THE WINE

VARÁZSLÓ
A real female audience favorite. A popular wine style, thanks to its fruity and its semi sweet tastes it is the wine of the sweet wine lovers.

MORE ABOUT THE WINE

 

Ice wine can be made!

06/01/2020
Dawn harvest at -8 degrees

Making ice wine is a risky task that requires a lot of patience and caution. But it's worth. This year we took the risk again and were successful, after 4 years we will have Ice Wine again!

 

Ice wine can be made!

06/01/2020
Dawn harvest at -8 degrees

Making ice wine is a risky task that requires a lot of patience and caution. But it's worth. This year we took the risk again and were successful, after 4 years we will have Ice Wine again!

The essence of making ice wine is that the grapes must be harvested frozen (at least -7 degrees) and immediately pressed. That is, the grapes ripened in the autumn must be left on the vine until the weather is so cold. By then, the grapes are losing a lot of their water content, they are withered, which make them much sweeter. Frost pressing further reduces the water content because water freezes faster than sugar and other dissolved solids of the grape, so that they can be maximally extracted, while only a few drops of ice water come out.

 

 

It sounds simple, but in practice it is very difficult to make. On the one hand, due to the increasingly warm weather, serious frosts are becoming less frequent, and in many cases the winegrower leaves the grapes out in vain and cannot make ice wine. On the other hand, the grapes must be protected from the wild animals, because of course they also love this sweet dessert. So there is a lot of risk and extra care, and the amount of wine will be about one tenth of that of a normal harvest.

But it's worth it. Ice wine is a very special kind of sweet wine, quite different from its companion botrytis or simple late harvest wine. Extremely concentrated and besides the high sugar content, its acids are the same as those of dry white wines, which results in a perfect balance.

Now it all worked out for us. The perfectly healthy, withered Zeus withered rapes left in the vineyard were severely frosted last night, we started harvesting at -8 at dawn we were done pressing before noon. So, we are excited to announce that we will have our 2019 vintage ice wine after 2015! The previous, 2015 vintage ice wine won four gold medals at Hungarian and international wine competitions, including the AWC Vienna. You can read about this wine here, and can buy it with one click.

 

Assortment tasting

02/02/2020
We tasted our new wines

One of the most exciting events of the year is the January “assortment tasting”, when we taste all the wines in the cellar that have not been bottled yet - of course, we are most curious about the new wines. We started it with great expectations as it was a good vintage last year, in the rain-free, warm, long autumn the grapes became ripe nicely.

 

Assortment tasting

02/02/2020
We tasted our new wines

One of the most exciting events of the year is the January “assortment tasting”, when we taste all the wines in the cellar that have not been bottled yet - of course, we are most curious about the new wines. We started it with great expectations as it was a good vintage last year, in the rain-free, warm, long autumn the grapes became ripe nicely.

We harvested good quality grapes, but the total quantity was 30% less. The main problem was that there was little rain in the summer and we got it in the wrong distribution. In May, the weather was cool and rainy, which was not optimal for grape flowering: some varieties had looser bunches, while others had different berry sizes due to prolonged flowering.

 

 

Harvest temperatures could have been a problem, but we now have the tools to counteract the effects of the warm weather. (If the harvested grapes are warmer than optimal, which now happens regularly, then unwanted fermentation processes will start before pressing.) In our new processor, we begin to cool the mash immediately after harvesting, and a slightly prolonged fermentation took place.

Our Juhark wines are of excellent quality (due to the rainy weather, of course, it took more work to keep this particularly sensitive variety healthy), besides the furmint and zenit are worth highlighting. Our Friss and Estate Wines will be available from mid-February.

Of course, we still have to wait for the Premium and Top Selection wines, the latter ones are still battonaged, but also developing nicely, and our ice wine harvested in January has started to ferment as well.

 

Our new plant
02/12/2019
Vertical grape processing - with horizontal tools

This topic is unlikely to make the reader exited: the consumer is generally not interested in launching a new production line, plant, or any facility at any company, even if it's their favorite brand. Here, however, the situation is different. We have launched a plant this weekend that guarantees the preservation of the harvested grapes quality. And without it, you simply can't make good wine. As if a car manufacturer were saying that without a new factory, you cannot be sure that your car will meet the requirements. That's different and the new plant might be interesting, right?

 

Our new plant
02/12/2019
Vertical grape processing - with horizontal tools

This topic is unlikely to make the reader exited: the consumer is generally not interested in launching a new production line, plant, or any facility at any company, even if it's their favorite brand. Here, however, the situation is different. We have launched a plant this weekend that guarantees the preservation of the harvested grapes quality. And without it, you simply can't make good wine. As if a car manufacturer were saying that without a new factory, you cannot be sure that your car will meet the requirements. That's different and the new plant might be interesting, right?

By building the new processing facility, we have taken two big steps to ensure the outstanding quality of our wines. On the one hand, we don't use a pump in the plant, and on the other hand, the whole process is cooled. Gently processed grapes give a better quality wine, as bypassing the pump it is guaranteed that no secondary (vinegar) fermentation will start, so the wine will have better acidity. Cooling is important because harvested grapes retain their important flavors at low temperatures, so these flavors can be preserved in the wine. However, the climate is getting hotter and the harvest can take place even in summer temperatures. A sunny bunch of grapes harvested at 30 degrees can be 40 degrees hot, which is dramatically far from ideal.

The details:
The so called vertical processing is widely used in the world to replace pumping, where the steps of the process are placed underneath each other, not side by side, so that the raw material reaches the right place by gravity (ie without the use of a pump). This requires the construction of huge towers, which we ruled out, as they would ruin the Somló landscape. We had to find a solution that would achieve the desired result but fit into a building of normal height. That is, we can perform horizontal processing - with vertical tools. In addition, we also wanted to solve the cooling. To do this, we took a thorough look around the world and by adapting different solutions we designed and built the ideal plant for us.

The key to the system is the 6 cooled 4.000 liters mobile soaking tanks. The first step is to bring the pre-cooled tank by a special forklift to the transport vehicle that brought in the grapes. The truck lifts its load, and pours the grapes into the tank, which is then returned to the dock by the forklift. At the docking walkway, a quick coupler can be used to connect cooling, cooling control and must drain. The tank is easy to operate from the sidewalk, so we can mix the mash during the cooled soaking. And the tank has a double bottom, the upper – perforated – bottom plate holds the grapes, but the must flows through it and goes to the lower part, from where it gets into the cellar by gravity through a pipe. When the grapes are no longer draining juice, the forklift raises the tank again, brings it to the press, tilts it and as if it were a glass pours the grapes into the press. (Incidentally, these kind of forklifts are used in foundries too.)

The must produced during pressing is placed in a settling tank, cooled to 8 degrees overnight, then it is lowered into the cellar - where we can start making wine with the best possible quality. By the way, with 6 tanks, we can process 38000 kg (5 hectares of grapes) a day, so we offer the processing to other Somló wineries as a service.

We consider it particularly important that the related investments make the development completely environmentally friendly. We provide solar power and a wastewater treatment plant, so we do not take contaminated water out of the area, the water is only borrowed for use and is returned to the Somló water system cleaned.

 

Fantastic success

11/05/2019
Another Trophy Award from London

At London’s International Wine Challenge, the world's most prestigious wine competition, the Tornai Winery won another Trophy Award after the previous three. This time, the 2017 Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű was awarded the highest award. The Trophy winners are chosen from the gold medalists of the 15,000 participants. In addition to Hárslevelű, the Tornai Juhfark and Zenit are also soaring.

 

Fantastic success

11/05/2019
Another Trophy Award from London

At London’s International Wine Challenge, the world's most prestigious wine competition, the Tornai Winery won another Trophy Award after the previous three. This time, the 2017 Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű was awarded the highest award. The Trophy winners are chosen from the gold medalists of the 15,000 participants. In addition to Hárslevelű, the Tornai Juhfark and Zenit are also soaring.

Now it’s official: we got our fourth International Wine Challenge Trophy award with the 2017 Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű. Such a result is unprecedented in Hungary and is also rare in the world.

The IWC is one of the largest wine competitions in the world, and its judging process is the most rigorous. In the multi-turn process, the nominated wines are evaluated by three committees with at least 10 jury members with a long professional experience. More than 15,000 wines are nominated from nearly 50 countries worldwide each year, only 500 of them receive gold medals, and the Trophy Prize winners are chosen from the gold medalist by a new tasting. So a Trophy winner is the best of the bests. It is a special pleasure that all three of our wines have been rewarded: besides the Trophy, the Top 2017 Selection Gróf Juhfark won gold medal and the 2016 Premium Juhfark became bronze medalist. And there are two more important details: our gold medalists wines were given 95 points out of a maximum of 100, so these two wines are among the world's top 150 wines. From Hungary, Apart from us, only Tokaj sweet wines have been given gold: the Patrícius Wine House, the Vaxco Vineyards and the Royal Tokaji Winery, we congratulate them heartily.



As it is said, one good result at a wine competition can be luck as well, as one good wine can be the result of lucky coincidences. But to produce high quality constantly, year after year, and to achieve good results in every competition is the privilege of the bests. Influental world competitions are particularly important – not only because of the guaranteed standard of judjing, but also because of the international attention that opens up new, important markets.

It is interesting to see how similar our results are, whether it is a domestic competition, the selection of the wines of the Hungarian Science Academy or a big world competition. So far this year, we have won 5 gold and 12 silver medals at national and world competitions, the most successful variety is Juhfark (Aranyhegy 2015, 2016, Grófi 2017, Prémium 2016) with 8 awards. Zenit 2018 was awarded 7 medals alone, while 2018 Grófi Hárslevelű was awarded 5 medals. Zenit was also chosen as the wine of the Hungarian Science Academy in 2019. So indigenous and local varieties of Somló and Hungary perform best, which again proves that in the ever more intense competition all over the world we can really be successful with the unique and limited wines characterized by our special terroir and varieties.

And the year is long, we look forward to the sequel! Finally the tasting notes of our IWC awarded wines:

Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű, 2017
This is rich and honeyed, yet has precision. With a saline edge to the vital pear and peach fruit and a hint of sweetness. Big and balanced, Lovely stuff!

Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2017
Sumptuous but vigourous, with tense, salty acidity offset by rich lightly honeyed fruit. The glossy texture and weight make this a great food wine for spiced dishes.

Prémium Juhfark, 2016
Gooseberry and ripe lemon, with notes of marmalade, honey and a fresh light perfume lead to a fine finish.

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