Riesling is a white grape variety which is originated in the Rhine region of Germany. It is an elegant aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry and sweet white wines. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is greatly influenced by the wine's place of origin – our case, in Győrszemere. ...
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Dr. Henrik Czurda was born in Budapest. His parents escaped from the communist regime in Hungary with two suitcases when he was a little boy. Hence, he started to go to school in Zurich and finally finished his studies with his PhD in Economics and Applied Computer Science. In the last 25 year he worked for top-management strategy consulting companies such as The Boston Consulting Group and others and served companies for over 10 years in line functions - 5 years of those, as member of top management in the position of a CFO. Today he works for the Swiss Stock Exchange as Head of Bank-driven Innovation.
Pannonhalma Wine Region
Pannonhalma Wine Region is a small wine region in the Northern Transdanubium, in Győr-Moson-Sopron, around Pannonhalma.
We produce white grapes almost exclusively. The region of the vineyards is about 750 hectares, its soil is half-hard loess, yellow soil and brown earth, in some places there are sand spots. The wine region is situated in the north-northwestern - south-southeastern line of the Pannonhalma-hills. Its climate is average compared with other Hungarian wine regions. Its yearly average temperature is about 15°C and the 2000 sunshine in hour/year is considered good. The yearly rainwater is about 600 millimetres.
The tradition of viticulture is closely connected to the Pannonhalma Archabbey. Its founding document is the first which writes about Hungarian viticulture referring to it as a product of tithe. The Pannonhalma letter of King Saint Ladislaus from 1093 mentions 88 vineyards. The Benedictine monks had a great influence in spreading the viticulture. As a reward the king put the region’s wine growers under the monks’ authority. According to the document of Albeus written around 1237 there were 256 wine grower families in the 90 villages belonged to the Archabbey, and from them 173 lived in the villages of Pannonhalma-hills.
During the Turkish invasion the region became unpeopled. The Turkish armies marching to Vienna went through this region. After the Turkish expulsion the vineyards started to flourish again and became an important way of making a living.
In the second half of the 19th century the phylloxera epidemic destroyed 80% of the vineyards. After the epidemic Riesling became the main grape-type of the region.