Six of the best terroir-focused Villány wineries

5. Heumann Winery

Swiss-German couple Erhard and Evelyne Heumann founded Heumann winery in the late 90s and have consistently sought to promote the terroir of the Villány-Siklós sub-region.

This is the region to the west of the village of Villány, where the soils are characterised by deeper and closer-to-the surface seams of limestone (Erhard Heumann reports that in Villány the limestone is up to 15m below the surface; on the plateau in Siklós, where his vineyards are located, just 1m), and where temperatures are significantly cooler than the main Villány vineyard areas, contributing to the fresh acidity and vibrant fruit which tend characterise wines from the area.

“You get more acidity here,” he explains. “There further east you go the broader the wines are, so a lot of people think this is Villány terroir – bold, very often over-extracted, very often excessive use of oak…”

When it comes to oak, Heumann avoids new barrels altogether, opting for fourth-use Hungarian 225L and 500L (depending on the grape) barrels to promote fruit and terroir expression.

The main focus for Heumann is Kékfrankos. He’s also makes high-quality Syrah and Cabernet Franc, as well as Riesling and Chardonnay.

Photo: Halek Míra 

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