Located north of Lake Balaton, in the northwestern part of Hungary, Somló is one of Hungary's of the smallest, but also the most interesting wine regions. The region's 4-5 million year old volcanic soil produces wines that have contributed to the rising stars of the Hungarian wine world. In the Somló area, the orchards rise up to 280 meters and the area has numerous different microclimates and plots that open to different air directions, making it a patchwork place for vines to grow.
The Kreinbacher estate began in 2002, when József Kreinbacher acquired the first vineyards in the area. He began replanting orchards and developing winemaking facilities, and today the farm owns 60 hectares of vineyards. In addition to this, in order to increase their production volumes, Kreinbacher's team collects grapes from other local farmers on an area of 20-30 hectares each year. Own nurseries are managed using natural methods.
The new cellar and facilities suitable for the production of sparkling wine were completed in 2011, and three years later the farm's first sparkling wines produced using the traditional method were released. Consulting help regarding production was sought from anywhere but the Champagne region. Kreinbacher's nurseries grow several Hungarian varieties, such as Juhfarki, Furminti, Olaszrizlingi and Hárslevelű. Syrah and Chardonnay used in sparkling wines have also been planted in the orchards.
Although the road for Hungarian sparkling wines to conquer the world is not easy, Kreinbacher's team is ready to invest in long-term brand building. The farm bottles a significant part of its wines in magnum size, which is a smaller bottle due to slower development, a perfect bottle shape for a wine collector to put in the cellar to mature for a few years. The farm's technical director is Norbert Bodorkós, and winemaker György Várszeg is assisted in the production of sparkling wines by Champagne Paul Bara's cellar master. Christian Forget. Dániel Molnár is responsible for the stables.
The farm's annual production is around 220,000 bottles.