Heimann Winery

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After the end of Turkish rule over Hungary, settlers from southwestern Germany were recruited with royal bonuses in the 18th century to compensate for the population decline in many areas. These "Danube Swabians" brought with them a high wine culture, a desire to work and diligence. They replanted the deserted vineyards and gave the trade a new lease of life. The Heimann family has Swabian roots, today it cultivates 21 hectares and produces 130,000 bottles per year. The Heimanns have been living and working in Szekszárd for ten generations since 1758.

Their aim is to produce natural wines, mainly using vines that come from the best locations and grown to the strictest of requirements. They want to avoid the Californian trend. They believe that the future in Szekszárd does not belong to the sweet, highly concentrated super extracts but to the light and elegant red wines. They want to make tasty, harmonious, ripe and vibrant wines. They do not want to follow the fashion and that's why the Heimann's top cuvées are still based on Blaufränkisch, while the Bordeaux blends of Cabernet and Merlot are already regarded as great wines in the Szekszárd wine-growing region. In order to achieve this, state-of-the-art technology is applied, yet the family tries to move towards manufacturing in terms of work processes. The wooden tubs are becoming increasingly important and every wine is also in the wooden barrel. The social commitment of Zoltán Heimann was recognized in 2011 at the German Artvinum Gala in Stuttgart with the award "European Wine Experts of the Year".


In the 3rd century, thanks to the order of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Probus, vineyards started growing near Szekszárd. The upswing of the province was a matter of the heart of the Pannonian-born Emperor, who cultivated vines and encouraged his veterans to work in agriculture. The Magyars, who arrived here in the 9th century, were proven to be in possession of the "science" of viticulture and winemaking when they settled in the Carpathian Basin.

In the time of Turkish rule, the red wine vine has established itself in addition to the white wine grapes. The well-known Kadarka of this winegrowing area was brought here by the Serbs fleeing from the Turks. According to numerous sources, despite the ban on alcohol consumption in Islam, the Turks consumed the wine in various ways, some of them were even vineyard owners. After the rebellion of Franz Rákóczi II, the landlords began to settle here instead of the Serbs German settlers, who produced in addition to red wine - with a shorter mash fermentation - also Rosé wine and Schiller wine and began to use barrels aging the wines.

Because of phylloxera, an intensive vine trade began with France, as a result of the then barely known French wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir were planted here. The Danube has a particularly important impact on the climate of the Szekszárd vineyard. The water surface throws back the solar radiation and the water masses moderate the effects of extreme temperature changes.