Wine Benediction
in Pannonhalma
on Saint John’s Day


Arch-Abbot
Asztrik Várszegi
blessed the new wines
of 2008, according
to the tradition
on Saint John’s Day.
"Created Wine-region"

Dear Visitors!

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I have the honour and pleasure to greet the visitors to the website of the Pannonhalma wine-region!

Dr. Vaszari LászlóThe Pannonhalma hills, otherwise called the Sokoró hills, are the smallest wine- region in Hungary although it has the longest wine-making tradition. The wine-region is situated in Győr-Moson-Sopron County. From a geographical point of view it belongs to Bakony hills, which is part of the Transdanubian Mountains.

Grapevines have been grown on the eastern; and south-eastern slopes of Pannonhalma hills since Roman times. According to historians our conquering ancestors found prospering vine-yards on the Sokoró hills. The deed of foundation relating to Pannonhalma Abbey, decreed by King Saint Stephen, dating from 1002, mentions vine as the first item on the list of crops to be delivered as tithe.

The wine-region comprises 13 villages (Écs, Felpéc, Győr-Ménfőcsanak, Győrság, Győrszemere, Győrújbarát, Kajárpéc, Nyalka, Nyúl, Pannonhalma, Pázmándfalu, Ravazd and Tényő). The registered vine-yards consist of 650 hectares cultivated by about 500 wine-growers.

The dominant grape varieties include Italian Riesling, Rhine Riesling, Tramini, Királyleányka (Hungaricum), Chardonay, Mueller Thurgau; in addition the recently planted new vines, such as Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, add to the range of varieties in the wine-region. Nowadays wine-making enterprises have strengthened and created their own images.
The developing enterprises, the modernization of wine-making technology, the increasing number of varieties lead me to believe: that the future of the wine-region is rosy. In the years to come the knowledgeable and the spoilt for choice customers will have an unforgettable experience while becoming familiar with wines from Pannonhalma.
"Created wine-region" - as we say in our slogan. In fact it is not only a slogan but a belief in creation, in the seriousness and beauty of producing something.
"At the end two will stay, God and wine" - quotation from Béla Hamvas. I wish you to experience both of them while discovering our wine-region, tasting our wines and admiring our sights.

Sincerely

Dr. László Vaszari

The Chairman of the Wine-growers’ Association in the Pannonhalma Wine-region
 


Press Conference


The Wine-growers’ Association of the
Pannonhalma
Wine-region will held its
first press conference
of the year on the gallery
on the first floor in the
village hall in Győrújbarát.
 
Time: 10 am January 20th  2009