the wassmanns and villány
Susann Hanauer - Lawyer, winetaster
Susann studied law in Tübingen and Heidelberg and has a weakness for wine, like many in the legal profession. For a while she marketed Bordeaux wines in Germany. She learnt a lot from Ralf and other wine- makers, both in the vineyards near Heidelberg and in the south of Hungary. She also widened her knowledge through reading specialist literature. Since March 2009 she has been a winetaster and takes part in international wine-tasting events. Back at the winery she takes care of the administration of the business and the handwork in the vineyards.
Ralf Waßmann - Beverage scientist
Ralf is a born lover of fermented juices! Even as a young man back in the western Harz region of Germany he made wine from cherries, rosehips and gooseberries, in the absence of grapes. Thus, it made sense for him to study the science of wine-growing and beverage technology after A-levels in Geisenheim at Rhine river.
This makes him the expert in natural wine-making and he controls what happens in the vineyards and the cellar.
He also is a very talented engineer and constructs and builds many of his small machines for the winefarm by himself.
Tracing a path between the slopes of the Villány hills, this was the first wine route in Hungary.
The area includes approx. 2500 hectares of south-facing vineyards, as well as almond, fig, apricot and peach trees, a sign that the Mediterranean is not far away.
From our vineyards we can see a wide expanse of land with an ideal microclimate: warm days, cool nights and always enough wind to dry out the leaves when it rains.
In Hungary Siklós is known for its aromatic, elegant white wines, whereas Villány produces complex and powerful reds.
The average annual temperature is 11.5C with 2,300 hours of sunshine.
The local loess and clay soil on a bed of chalk has already produced excellent wines on a regular basis.
Back in Roman times Hungary’s wines were already appreciated by emperors. The tradition of wine-growing possibly dates back to the Celts, but certainly to the Romans, and the remains of a villa can be seen near Villány. The world-wide reputation of this wine can be seen in documentation that Villány wine was sent to New York in 1846.
Villány is THE new place to go for wine connoisseurs, as it is slowly being discovered by the gastronomy and lifestyle press.
Villány is the first Hungarian wine-growing region to have its own comprehensively controlled guarantee of origin and quality and it exceeds the national classification system.
DHC Villány (= controlled district of Hungary) wines come in two categories: DHC Classic and DHC Premium."Colchicum hungaricum" or "Hungarian colchicum" belongs to the colchicaceae family and grows only on Villány, on the Szársomlyó hill.
The flower emblem certifies the DHC Villány classification.