About us

Our family (Maurer) moved from Salzburg to the south part of Hungary within the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the 19th century. We have been dealing with the production of wine for four generations, and since the fall of communism were we been given the opportunity of competitive wine production. Seizing this opportunity, our family decided to plant grapes in the old royal Hungarian wine region in Szerémség (Syrmia/Karlowitz). We farm 16 acres of land altogether, 6 acres of which are found in the Szabadka wine region, and 10 acres in Szerémség on the Tarcal (Fruška Gora) mountains, which are being farmed with the help of twelve of our colleagues.

The Szabadka wine region is located in Vojvodina, Serbia, directly south of the Hungarian-Serbian border. Many of these grapes are more than a hundred years old. The Szerémi zöld (Syrmia Green) and Bakator were planted in 1909, the Kövidinka (Ston Siller) in 1925 and 1941. Our oldest Kadarka is one of the oldest in the world of its kind, since it was planted in 1880. These grapes are typically cultivated by horse and man power.

The essence of the wine region in Szerémség are the Tarcal (Fruska Gora) mountains. It is a nearly 500 million year old formation made up of volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Its climate is sub-mediterranean and continental. The Danube flows nearly 70 km-s along the foot of the mountain, and the vines of our Riesling are found just 50 meters away from the Danube’s water. The Danube’s vicinity makes the climate of many terriors’ unique and favorable, which is coupled with the soil’s geological composition. 55 thousand vines are cultivated traditionally, and the grapes are produced according to the rules of bio-production. The fermentation is done spontaneously without the use of any additives. The sulphur levels in our white vines range from 30 to 90 mg/l, in the red wines from 20 to 60 mg/l. Most of the wines are yeasted and ripen in oak barrels. The red wines are bottled unfiltered.

The grapes and wine in Szerémség (Srem-Syrmia) have been produced for about 3000 years by the Celtic Scorbiscus tribe, the Romans, the Huns, the Avars, the Hungarians, and after the expulsion of the Turks around 1750, the grape and wine production on the Tarcal was stirred up by Austrian and Bavarian producers. Today this is an almost intact natural environment with an outstandingly rich ecosystem. Most of the wine region belongs to Serbia, while some of it belongs to Croatia. Unfortunately, we are the only winery in the region, which produces natural and authentic wine; however, the number of our followers seems to be growing.

We have managed to replant such native species into our best lands, like Szerémi zöld (Syrmia Green), Bakator, Mézes fehér(Honey Whiter), Kövidinka (Ston Siller), Furmint, Riesling, Sárgamuskotály (Muskateller), Kadarka and Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch). In some plantations we produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. These, along with our Kadarka, make up our wine, called Corvina.

As the result of our work, we have won many wine competitions, the number of our consumers is constantly growing, and we have made our presence in many high quality restaurants and wine shops in Budapest, as well as in Belgrade. Our exclusive vendor in Hungary is the Terrior Ltd. (Ital-Tár kft. Budapest) and ours wine are sold in five of Budapest’s Michelin starred restaurants. We have taken part for the second time in the London RAWfair due to the invitation of Isabelle Legeron MW, and from 2014 on our wines will be sold in Great Britain.

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http://misserdos.com/2013/05/30/as-natural-as-it-gets-the-raw-wine-fair/

Since it is only possible to achieve the purest and most authentic wines with decades’ worth of hard work on one of the world’s best soils, such thinking is necessary, that spans across generations. That is our goal.

 

We aspire to be as natural and authentic as possible in the production of grape and wine, and the wines born in this spirit tell a lot about their production site, yet every drop of wine contains our family’s history, and the last 3000 years.

 

Oszkár Maurer