The Gróf Buttler Winery was founded in Eger in 1999.
Our oenological phylisophy is making perfect wine in keeping with the features of the land and with the least possible intervention.
Today we grow vine on 36 hectares of land and our wine is exclusively made from the grapes harvested on our own cultivated vineyards. We have two vineyards in the Eger region, on Szarkás hill and on Nagy-Eged hill.
We began with the plantations on the volcanic soil of Szarkás hill in 2000, and continued with Nagy-Eged in 2003.
Nagy-Eged hill, a special territory regarding its location and its soil composition, is a true Grand Cru terroir.
The plantations extend up to 501 metres above sea level, making them the highest vine plantations in Hungary.
Its complete southern exposure, the 20-30% gradient of the slopes, the particularly gritty, limestone-based soil as well as the continuous air flow all contribute to the develeopment of a special microclimate.
We would like to reflect the quality of the vineyard in our wine as well, which is why we make no compromises in vine-growing. Vine density is between 6,000 and 10,000 vine per hectare, and you can find the traditional lowhead training system with short spurs vines with stakes, as well as low and mid-height cordon in our vineyards. The yield is extremely low, often not more than 30 dkg/vine. We wait with the harvest until the grapes achieve complete ripeness and do not harvest unless the quality of the grapes is adequate. In 2010, due to the bad year, no wine was produced.
Gróf Buttler wines are produced by traditional winemaking methods, preserving the values and the exceptional quality of the grapes. Particular attention is paid to the integrity of the grapes during the harvest as well, and this approach is upheld throughout the entire processing stage. After the small-box manual harvest, skipping the sqzeezing and the straining process, we destem the blue grapes, gently crack the grapes, then ferment them in vats with hand-made punching down. After the maceration, we draw off the free run juice and mellow it in excellent quality oak barrels. Our white wine is made partially by reductive technology, preserving the rich taste provided by the soil. Throughout the winemaking process, apart from minimal amounts of sulphur, no other chemicals are added to the wine, even the fermentation process takes place spontaneously, utilizing the natural yeast. By selecting first-class vine species and the best quality plantations and by making wine using traditional methods that preserve natural qualities, we guarantee that our wines, with their natural, innate beauty, offer the unique, incomparable experience of the terroir.