We believe that the future is built on the past, and therefore we strive to work in an innovative spirit while respecting traditions and learning from them.
The Etyeki Kúria Winery was founded on the Öreghegy (meaning Old Hill) of Etyek in 1996. From the very beginning, our winery has become known for both respecting traditions and adopting an innovative mindset. As an important milestone in our history, we were the first in the wine region to plant Pinot noir vines to make red wine. Our head winemaker, Sándor Mérész, joined our team fourteen years ago. Since then, he has been shaping the unique style of our wines, aligning local experiences with the latest research findings and his own international approach. In recognition of his professional work, Sándor has been one of the fifty nominees for the “Winemakers’ Winemaker” award in Hungary every year since 2013.
Our vineyards | Initially two hectares, our winegrowing area now totals 54 hectares, spread out across two wine regions: Etyek [hyperlink: Borászat/Borkészítés/Borvidékeink/Etyek-Budai Borvidék] where we cultivate the trio of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Sopron [hyperlink: Borászat/Borkészítés/Borvidékeink/Soproni Borvidék] where the main grape variety is Kékfrankos.
Our sister winery, the Esterházy Winery In 2009, we began working closely with the Esterházy Winery in Burgenland, located near the Hungarian-Austrian border. As part of this co-operation we mutually support each other in professional issues related to viticulture and oenology, in export activities, as well as in promoting our event venues and the programmes we organise.
Development and expansion | In autumn 2011 we began a comprehensive modernisation and expansion project, aiming to create the necessary conditions for producing top international wines and to ensure economies of scale. We found a partner in the Hungarian BORD Architectural Studio, and together we dreamt up an honest building to create our honest wines. Preserving the features of the landscape, we built our new processing and bottling plant above the traditional cellar, whose functional design enables gravity-flow grape processing and winemaking.
Unique hospitality spaces | Through the glass surfaces built into the structure of the building, visitors interested in winemaking can get an almost complete overview of the winemaking process, from harvesting to bottling, while work can continue undisturbed in the cellar. We can welcome our guests in several unique venues [hyperlink: Rendezvényhelyszín/Rendezvényhelyszínek] where we host wine tastings, as well as private and corporate events. Furthermore, in our Wine Bar and on its welcoming terrace, our visitors can learn more about our wines and our story.
Our sustainability efforts
At Etyeki Mansion, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint, so we choose sustainable solutions in as many areas as possible.
Conscious architecture | Our modern winery, which we inaugurated in 2013, was partly built underground. This design allows us to take advantage of gravity in several steps of winemaking. It also provides natural insulation, which allows us to reduce our energy consumption.
Solar energy | In 2019, we installed solar panels on several winery buildings to cover one-third of our annual energy needs.
Green cover and biodiversity | We have planted a special seed mixture developed by the Ecological Agricultural Research Institute (ÖMKi) among the vineyards, which not only supports the continuous fight against soil erosion, but also contributes to the achievement of a greater degree of biodiversity and a healthy soil structure.
Vegetarian and vegan friendly | In the case of clarification, only vegetable protein (peas) and bentonite are used, no preparations of animal origin are used.
Lightweight bottles | We choose the lightest possible bottles in order to reduce the environmental impact of shipping.