Kreinbacher sparkling wine on its lees
Acid, spices, smoke and volcanic heritage
4-5 million years ago, lava erupted in Somló, building a mountain of basalt above an ancient sea and creating a unique environment for growing grapes. Since 2011, the Kreinbacher Estate is combining the traditions of Champagne with Somlo’s distinctiveness. Blending highly mineral Furmint sourced from the coolest, eastern slopes of the Somló hill with a dash of Chardonnay, they produce terroir-driven sparkling wines full of spices, smoky flavors and acidity. A 16 g/l dosage provides their Extra-Dry cuvée with a pleasing roundness.
Törley Winery’s old posters
Densely chalk-ridden soils and vibrant acidity in Etyek-Buda.
There’re several similarities between the Etyek-Buda region near Budapest and Champagne: located at nearly the same latitude, they both have a unique terroir of limestone subsoil producing wines with high acidity. These similarities led József Törley in 1882 to build a sparkling wine production in the region, quickly winning an international reputation. A bright blend of Királyleányka, Riesling, and Grüner Veltliner, Törley Gála Sec is a sparkling made with the Charmat Method and a great Prosecco alternative. Much sweeter, the aromatic Törley Fortuna (a blend of Cserszegi Füszeres, Muskat Ottonel, Csabagyöngye) is a perfect Moscato d’Asti replacement.
Štoka Bela Peneče
In “Terra Rossa” land, an ancient winemaking style is rediscovered
Pétillant naturel (naturally sparkling) wines have been made for centuries. It’s the easiest way to make sparkling wines: by bottling the wine before the end of fermentation, the yeast and sugar continue to ferment inside the bottle, generating more alcohol and gentle bubbles of carbon dioxide. This traditional wine is often cloudy, unfiltered, with some remaining sweetness, and bottled with a crown cap. The Štoka family is now producing this traditional winemaking style in 3 colors: a white Vitovska, a rosé Teran and a red Teran, 3 ultra-fresh Pet-Nats with a distinctive Slovenian Kras twist.