North-East of Villány, Szekszárd is pushing its rival hard for the crown of best producer of Hungarian reds. The region is known for full-bodied reds, with a bit of spice. Szekszárd, along with Eger, is one of the two regions to produce the Bikavér blend wines. Bordeaux varietals play a key role here, but the region has also made a name for itself with its Kékfrankos.
Climate: temperate continental with mild winters and (increasingly) hot summers
Soil: large proportion of soils is formed on loess or loess-like deposits, however, a small proportion formed on floods and Pleistocen sand
White grapes: Olaszrizling, Chardonnay and Veltelini
Red grapes: Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zweigelt, Kadarka
Discover our Wines from Szekszárd Region
The Takler family has grown grapes and produced wine in the Szekszárd region since the 17th century. The current family firm was founded in 1987 and is now headed by Takler Ferenc and his two sons Ferenc Jr. and András. The total plantation area today is 62 ha and the production is of 600,000 bottles yearly. The Takler Winery was named Hungarian Winemaker of the Year 2004.
Takler Wine: Cabernet Franc Reserve 2007
Heimann Family Winery
Grapes and wines are such an ancient gift of nature which radiate the joy of man
The Heimann family has been growing grapes in vineyards around Szekszárd and producing wine in the 10th generation now since 1758. The current family firm was established in 1990 and is managed by Heimann Zoltán. The next generation of winemakers is already waiting in the wings: Zoltán Jr. has completed his viticulture studies in Germany and is now learning the trade at various wineries worldwide.
Heimann Wine: Barbár 2009 (blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Kékfrankos)