Sauska Villány

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The name of Krisztián Sauska has been well-known in Hungarian viticulture since the mid-1990s when he invested heavily in Tokaj and built a world-class winery. Sauska is obsessed with quality. The seat of the Tokaj winery became the renovated former casino of the city, a noble mansion. The central building of the winery in Villány is a symbiosis of modern-day modernity and natural materials of the Villány mountain range.

Sauska left Hungary in 1969 as a 19-year-old (with three bottles of Tokay in his pocket) to try his luck in America. In 1983 he founded a company for the production of special fluorescent tubes, nowadays even NASA uses the fluorescent tubes of Krisztián Sauska at their space shuttles. In an area of ​​43 hectares in Tokaj annually 130,000 bottles are produced. Depending on the particular characteristics of the individual layers, fermentation takes place in small containers or in barrels (230-500 liters). The simpler wines, which are fresh on the market, are fermented in containers and receive only partial aging in oak barrels. The maturing cellar has a storage capacity of 200 predominantly Hungarian and French barrels. Here every batch is treated separately, its development is checked and documented daily.


The origin of viticulture in Villány probably dates back to the Celts, but has been proven to date back to the Romans. The altar stone from Roman times excavated on the slope of the Szársomlyó Mountain documents a vineyard area of ​​50 ha. During the Turkish occupation (1541-1699), the Turks settled Slavs and Serbs in the completely depopulated Villány region, bringing with them the Kadarka wine and the mash fermentation red wine production technology. From the 17th century, mainly Germans were settled here, who also the grape variety "Portugieser", d. H. "Kékoportó", have brought.

The German name of the fields on the Villányer mountain side comes from the settling Swabian winegrowers, because of their form, specificity or the legends associated with them: The Jammer Valley corridor was named after the Battle of Nagyharsány in 1687. Legend has it that the misery of the Turks in the mountains continued for weeks after the victory of the imperial armies. The name of the corridor "Ördögárok" (devil's ditch) refers to a legend from Nagyharsány, according to which the devil himself has pulled the ditch between the mountains as a furrow. The Kopár corridor lies furthest to the west in Villány. It is completely protected from the north, a growing area with an extremely favorable climate. The soil is getting thinner and thinner from the bottom of the mountain.

The traditional wines are Kadarka, Portugieser (kékoportó) and Blaufränkisch (kékfrankos). After the phylloxera disaster, French grape varieties (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot) were also cultivated, from which the Sauska Cuvée 5 - 2009 was produced, which also won the Decanter World Wine Awards in London.