story of a lifetime
Here we are: Ralf Wassmann and Susann Hanauer.
We are passionate biodynamic wine-makers.
Welcome to our estate in Villány-Siklós, south of Hungary.
1998 We purchased an old farm built in the style of the Swabian settlers in the Villány-Siklós wine-growing region. In addition, we acquired a south-facing plot with Chardonnay and Welschriesling vines interspersed with almond and peach trees and another adjacent one planted with Portugieser.
2002 We wanted to produce quality wine grown and bottled according to ecological principles, so we founded a company called Wassmann Pince Bt.
2003 We were finally able to register with the Hungarian Certification and Control authority in charge of compliance with EU Law (Biokontroll Hungária Nonprofit Kft).
2004 We leased half a hectare of Merlot, as well as Blaufränkisch, Portugieser, and Welschriesling.
2005 We purchased another plot to plant Kékfrankos. The state authority for wine quality awarded us official approval according to EU Law for our grape-processing, wine production, and bottling methods.
2006 We produced our very first Villány Organic wine - our WASSMANN Villány Portugieser 2006. We purchased more land for organic grape production, where we planted cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon in April 2007.
2008 In order to supply our customers in other EU countries more efficiently we founded a business - Weinhandlung Ralf Wassmann - in Wulften, Germany.
2009 We started to offer advice to other wine-growers interested in changing to organic production.
2010 Susann received her diploma as ‘wine judge’ from the wine production school in Villány, since when she has been participating in international wine-tastings.
2011 We became the second Hungarian wine producers to receive the status ‘converting to DEMETER’.
2012 Our grape harvest was certified as DEMETER.
2013 WASSMANN Portugieser 2011 won the main prize at the Villány Wine Competition and was Champion at ‘Portugieser du Monde’. In the summer the first DEMETER-WASSMANN wines entered the market.
2014 We introduce the first WASSMANN sparkling wine, known as Morizz (Portugieser based brut nature rosé). From now on, WASSMANN's sparkling wine is made every year.
2015 Hungarian Wines of Excellence gave WASSMANN PINCE the highest rating for WASSMANN Cabernet Franc 2012.
2016 Hungarian Wines of Excellence gave WASSMANN PINCE the highest rating for WASSMANN Kékfrankos 2013.
2017 Looks like one of the best vintages in our career. We close our German company ship to all EU countries from here. Free shipping in Hungary starts. The Book of Wine Excellence: WASSMANN Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc 2014 are once again on the national list.
2018 WASSMANN Kékfrankos 2014 was choosen into the book of the national Kékfrankos-selection.
From now on we ship all over EU directly from our estate.
2019 Two important premieres:
- For the first time we export to Finland and Sweden.
- For the first time we produced Pét Nat.
And the story goes on...