The history of Tűzkő Estate dates back to the beginning of the 1990s when Hungary went through some groundbreaking political and economic changes. This transformation created real market conditions and opened up the county for foreign investors as well.
The history, diversity, millennial traditions and the hidden possibilities of the Hungarian wine regions attracted numerous, considerable business people to our country.
Two renowned Italian wine people: Marchese Piero Antinori and Marchese Jacopo Mazzei, who have been closely related to the world of wine for generations through their family traditions, discovered the potential of Tűzkő estate situated beetween the hills of Tolna, in the vicinity of Szekszárd wine region. They had foreseen the potential of establishing a winery with large capacity at high quality. When considering their decision, they took into account the following: the high quality of wines produced here, the astonishing beauty of the landscape, the impressive underground cellars, and the vineyards of the estate with rich history.
As a result of the promising figures, Marchese Antinori decided to take over Tűzkő Estate in 2000.
Tolna wine region
Szekszárd is a significant wine region in the Transdanubia, and though Tolna is less known, it has a strong potential as well regarding winemaking. The carefully cultivated vineyards and rows of cellars act as attractions for wine tourists. Wine travellers may enjoy warm welcome in the cellars of Paks, Mőcsény, Simontornya, Felsőnyék, Hőgyész and other villages of Völgység (’Valley Land’). The tiny village of Bátaapáti, hidden in the neighbourhood of lakes of Zsibrik and Szálka belong to this lovely and fabulous region. Tolna wine region gives good quality white wines in the first place made of varieties like Chardonnay, Tramini, Zöldveltelini, Olaszrizling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Tűzkő Estate is located near the village of Bátaapáti, among the hills of Tolna, near the river Danube. The winery is only 150 kilometres from Budapest southbound. The hills and the small valleys, along with the lakes of Szálka and Zsibrik create an ideal microclimate for grape growing.
The wine estate can boast a long history of viticulture: first it was a small settlement of German habitants, then it became the granary of the larger estate. The former underground cellars of this granary are used nowadays for the ageing of the wines.
The history of Tűzkő Estate is closely related to that of the Counts of Apponyi family of French origin. The roots of the family date back to the beginning of the 18th century, but their most active period took place in the 19th century. Among the territories belonging to the family, the estate of Bátaapáti had the most potential regarding both quantity and quality. Utilizing the opportunities given by nature, the Apponyis launched innovative techniques both in viticulture and winemaking.
The majority of the historical vineyards of the estate is situated among the declivous hills of Völgység. The wines made here are famous for their aromas. The vines are grown on limestone and loess soil with good water managing qualities. The new plantations are situated near the villages of Mórágy and Mőcsény, where the given climate and soil characteristics are different, therefore they create the ideal diversity of microclimates for us. Currently 80 hectares are under vines of white grapes (Chardonnay, Zöldveltelini, Tramini, Rhine Riesling and Sauvignon blanc, in smaller amount Pinot Grigio and Hárslevelű), while 70 hectares are under black grapes, mainly Kékfrankos and Merlot, and a smaller amount of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
The historic cellars and the modern winery
Tűzkő Estate winery owns a peculiar underground cellar behind the hill, carved of leoss and strengthened with bricks at the beginning of the 1700s. These cave cellars have kept the same temperature for the past 300 years, the annual change of temperature is constantly under 1 °C, therefore the ageing of the wines still take place within these historic caverns. Both the 225 barriques and and the bottle ageing hall are situated here. The modern winery buliding built in 1991 contains the most up to date equipment for gentle pressing, temperature controlled fermentation and bottling.
Red and white wines
The objective of Tűzkő Estate is to create the best possible wines of the diverse varieties given. They work to make layered, versatile, subtle wines. Special attention is dedicated to indigenous white and black varieties, the blend called Tűzkő Domb (Tűzkő Hill), the icon wine of the estate made in 2003 for the first time is a manifestation of this philosophy. This flagship wine of the estate has achieved several national and international acknowledgements proving its well deserved place in top gastronomy in Hungary and abroad.
Currently 120 hectares are under vines of white grapes (Pinot Grigio, Grüner Veltliner, Traminer, Rhine Riesling Chardonnay, Cserszegi Fűszeres and Sauvignon blanc, in smaller amount Hárslevelű and Green Silvaner), while 56 hectares are under black grapes, mainly Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, in a smaller amount of Pinot Noir and Bíborkadarka.
Tűzkő Traminer 2018
Its exotic aromas make it easy to recognise. Lychee with rose petals, honeycomb toffee and a touch of ginger. On the palate honey notes make the overall sensation more complex.
Tűzkő Grüner Veltliner 2018
Greenish pale colour. Its aromas are reminiscent of white pepper, white flesh peach with some smoky tones. Mineral notes and green herbs decorate the palate of peach and citrus. Juicy wine with vibrant acidity presenting the typical peppery and citrus characteristics of the variety.
Tűzkő Cabernet Franc 2015
Dry, full bodied, fine barrique matured, fruity single varietal wine. It is made of fully ripened or late harvested grape. On the palate sour cherry aromas and some notes of tobacco can be discovered.
Tűzkő Domb Cuvée 2017
Deep colour, full bodied, matured wine rich in refined tannins. Thanks to the two varieties fruity and spicy notes meet, and the blend is made complex with some discrete barrel ageing and 10 months of bottle ageing. Refined, integrated tannins with the deep, warm character of Cabernet Franc and the velvety and chocolate character of Merlot.