Kikelet

Proprietor: Stéphanie and Zsolt Berecz
Founded: 2002
Website: Kikelet Winery
Country Location: Hungary

“Our goal is the production of Tokaji wines, both dry and sweet, with a uniqueness of character, that are beautiful, elegant and meaningful ambassadors of the wines of Tokaj.”—Stéphanie Berecz



Stephanie and Zsolt
Stéphanie and Zsolt Berecz

The people. Like her compatriot Samuel Tinon, Stéphanie Berecz is a French eonologist who initialy came to Hungary to work at the Disznoko estate, a property owned by the French insurance company AXA. In 2002, she and her husband Zsolt founded Kikelet Pince in Tarcal near the town of Tokaj, a village where Zsolt's family has been living for over two hundred years. Regarding the winery's name, the story is that Stéphanie didn't want a name containing any of the "funny" Hungarian letters like ű, ü, ö, ő. So they chose Kikelet, which means springtime in Hungarian. Year after year, they gradually acquired different lots around Tarcal (Lónyai, Vati, Farkas, Lestas, Kassai) and today, they farm 5 hectares of south/south-west facing vineyards planted half with Furmint, half with Hárslevelű.

farkas vineyard
The Farkas vineyard


In the vineyard. The soil in Tarcal is volcanic covered with a layer of loess. While aszú wines from Tarcal's loess terroir get the right amount of moisture and are known to be particularly elegant, nobody before them had tried to make dry wines in Tarcal. But with limited yield and carefully selected grapes, Stéphanie and Zsolt have shown that they could produce dry Furmint and Hárslevelű that are elegant, balanced, and full-bodied.

Furmint grape
Furmint grape in the Farkas vineyard


In the cellar. The Berecz family house has a two centuries old cellar partially carved into the rock where the wines ferment and mature in oak casks. The winery produces around 11,000 bottles annually, including dry and semi-dry Furmint and Hárslevelű, some from single vineyards or dülős, late harvest wines, Szamorodni, and hand-picked aszú wines.

The grapes are whole cluster pressed. Fermentation occurs with native yeast without going through the secondary malolactic fermentation. The must is then racked and put into French and Hungarian oak barrels. Aging is on the lees. Most of the barrels are about 4 to 10 years old with a few new Hungarian for the Furmint. The Hárslevelű has no new oak to preserve the fruity flavors of the grape without being overwhelmed by oak.

In 2014, Stéphanie has been awarded by her fellow winemakers the prestigious title of „winemaker of the winemakers”.

SIn the cellar

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Wines:

Kikelet
Late Harvest

2011 (500ml)
A blend of 35% Hárslevelű, 20%, Furmint, 20% Zéta, 15% Yellow Muscat. Part... more >
$28.95  
Kikelet
Lonyai Hárslevelű

2016
In contrast to the Origo blend, Stéphanie never blends anything with Lónyai... more >
$32.95  
Kikelet
Origo

2016
This is a brand new project for Stéphanie. Over time she’s come to believ... more >
$22.95  
Kikelet
Sparkling

2013
This traditional method sparkling wine is a 100% Hárslevelű blend. The grap... more >
$48.95