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In the quitness of this grey winter our new vintage is starting to evolve slowly. Some of our new wines are still fermenting, the airlocks filled with water are clucking according to the tidal rythm. Some others that are after fermentation, racked once or twice are already more developed, their personalities are more recognizable, they are settling nicely, so the date of bottling is coming soon.

Although '17 seems much more easy vintage than '16, it is about extremity again! In winter the cold, in summer the heat brings new records. Of course we do not complain, our cellar is almost full and finally we could harvest Hárslevelű and Furmint from the new vineyard planted in '15.

In January and February chilling cold decimates the diseases that in previous years wintered happily. Often there is around -15 Celsius or more in protected places as well that was not really typical on our submediterranean slopes before. March comes with too fast warming, immediately we find ourselves in a warm, sunny weather like in May with 20 Celsius that allures the vines to develop as fast as they can. The almond trees burst into flower on 13rd, the budding starts on 30th of March.

However the hard winter with its last forces attacks back in the middle of April with strong snow showers and stormy wind that womps the fresh shoots. Needless to say that after the disaster we had last year we eat all of our nails... Yes, on our feet as well! The temperature is permanently floating between 0 and 2 Celsius and above 200 m sea-level the snow covers the fresh leaves so here some part of them were frozen a little. The last night the forecast tells clean sky above Hegymagas that would have been a disaster. Fortunately the clouds disappears till dawn, the temperature keeps around 0 Celsius, so we finally escapes...

About old vines

By frequently visiting wine regions abroad and events, I taste many old vine wines. It is quite common that they are at age 50, 80 or even 100, cultivated with great care and expertise by 3 or 4 generations. These vineyards are great merits and represent greatly their country's wine culture.


07 - 08 / 05 / 2017 The Real Wine Fair, London
Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street (off Wapping Lane), London E1W 2SF
Link to the website
Our wines: Rózsakő 2016, Talált szőlő 2015, Rajnai rizling "Riesling" 2015, Piros Bakator 2015

17 / 07 / 2017 Picnic with wines, Strekov
Strekov 1044, 941 37 Strekov

Vineyard tour, winetasting, dinner

After having our first successful pop-up restaurant event in November 2016, we are inviting you again to join us for a laid-back winetasting and delicious, comforting dinner made by us.

If the weather is nice we will take a short walk in our frosty, quiet vineyards before the sun goes down. With this tour you may learn about the way we make wine starting from the vine.

During winetasting we will tell you more about how we decide on the style of our wines and say a few words about the characteristics of our vineyards.

The three-course dinner will be tuned especially to January vibes.


Pinot Noir "Gemini" Rosé 2013 Brut Nature
Kék bakator 2015
Rhein Riesling 2015
Pinot Noir "Virgo" 2014
Pinot Noir 2015
Rhein Riesling "Venus" 2013

The menu

Trout, red cabbage, dill

Main course
Duck, beets, buckwheat

Sweet potato, sponge cake, hazelnuts

Local cheeses

The menu may vary according to seasonal changes.

Event details

January 28, 2017 / Saturday /

Vineyard tour (in case of nice weather): meeting at 2:45 p.m., the tour begins at 3:00 p.m. so we can enjoy the last rays of the sun before it goes down

Winetasting and dinner: from 6:00 p.m.

The duration of the program is about 4 hours including the tour. Regardless of weather conditions please wear warm, waterproof gear!


Winetasting and dinner: 10000 HUF per person if you reserve accomodation at us. Without accomodation the price is 14000 HUF per person.

We can only guarantee your reservation if you pay the price of the program ahead.

For more information about the program and accomodation, please contact us at info@benczebirtok.hu or call +36 30 212 7288.


This year, at the very end of September we have finished harvest season by picking Rhein Riesling from our highest plot. Fortunately, we arrived just in time before the ugly autumn weather hit us. Moreover we had a hard time with birds, starlings this vintage. Thus leaving the fruit out in the vineyard to ripe would have been daring not only because of the weather conditions. So we are through an immensely challenging vintage. 2014 was equally tough on us, so this makes me wonder: will every even year be like this?

In January 2016, it was quite cold but by the end of the month when we started pruning it got up to 15°C. February was mild as well, but with unusual amount of rainfall. Our almond trees on the south side of the Szent György Hill started to blossom exceptionally early on February 23. By March the rains have stopped, the month was really warm and windy. After vintage 2015 we have experienced yet again a record-breaking heat wave. We finished the pruning wearing T-shirts.

Chenin Blanc after budbreak

In April the mild, windy spring weather continued, until one morning we have noticed rock-hard ice shield on our cars. When I went out to check the condition of our plots I noticed some shoots have been burnt by frost. This was in our Pinot Noir plot which lies the lowest on the hill. I didn’t know then, that this was only the beginning of the catastrophe. On April 26, 70% of our Pinot Noir vines have been strongly damaged by frost. The cold wave with -2 °C has burnt some of our highest plots as well, but not so severely.

According to the elderly who live in the region they haven’t experienced such a weather ever since they were born. The sad event made us wonder how to resolve this threat in the future. The ruthless frost has also hit other parts of Europe like Champagne, Burgundy, Austria and Switzerland. This photo was taken in a Swiss winery, where they stayed out all night tending the fires to keep the cold air coming from the Alps from settling down on the vineyard. This event has taken us by surprise and unprepared. Do we have to get ready to fight even more extreme weather conditions in the years to come?

Frost protection in Gantenbein Winery, Switzerland

We have picked all the frozen shoots from all the damaged vines to protect them from fungal diseases. Unfortunately this has not helped their condition, we had to accept the forthcoming crop loss. A few weeks later after the shock, the vines started to push new shoots, but they mostly developed foliage. At the end of May and the beginning of June, downy mildew has intensified and the young shoots were not able to protect themselves. Furthermore the weather turned unusually cold and rainy, with around 12°C daytime temperature. This also affected the blossom, unfortunately we were not able harvest any Bakator grape, due to its complicated pollination. Because of the same problem we didn’t pick any Cabernet Sauvignon this year.

Due to our ongoing transition to biodynamic farming (Demeter certification) we experimented with very low amounts of copper in our sprays, which didn’t seem to do any good to the Pinot Noir this vintage. Even though we have suffered a lot of damage this year, we have also learnt a lot and gained more experience in plant protection. Although the frost and using restricted amount of copper we have managed to harvest good quality Rhein Riesling and Chenin Blanc.

The summer was rainy, almost tropical. This year downy mildew was intensive until the end of August, but powdery mildew was unimportant. In July we were hit by two hailstorms: the first wasn’t too bad, but the second got lethal. We were lucky enough to have some foliage left after the hailstorm of 120 kph. The leaves that we were left with looked like as if they were shot by thousands of bullets.

At the end of July, we suffered from a heat wave causing very high humidity, then black rot has appeared in lower parts of our plantations. This has no organic remedy at the moment, so we had to wait out the crop loss.

Our Rhein Riesling in 2016

The first part of September was warm and dry. The acidity level of the berries were high, phenolic components matured quite early this year. We started the harvest season on September 7 with the remainders of Pinot Noir. This was made into base wine for rosé sparkling wine. The crop which was selected by nature resulted in a concentrated wine which is at the moment in amphoras for ageing.

The Chenin Blanc which was planted in spring of 2014, had its first harvest on September 14. We experienced a huge drop in acidity levels due to the warm autumn. Unfortunately the clusters were very warm when they arrived to be pressed, but we hope you will not be able to tell this when tasting it.

This was our 4th vintage with Rhein Riesling. Compared to 2015 this year’s wines are even more focused with lively acidity and a moderate 12.2 vol.% alcohol level. We wish to make even better wine than in 2015.

Still hoping for the best!

/ Istvan Bencze /

Walking, Tasting and Dinner in November

On 19th of November we invite you for an autumn walk in the vineyards, a tasting and a dinner! If the weather is nice we walk around our plots, we listen to the nature, we tell how we work in the whole year, how we make our wines in the vineyards. After the walk we taste, we talk about winemaking, styles, balance and the personality of our plots. We finish the tasting with a dinner, four courses, which we tuned to autumn and the coming winter.

The tasting

Rhein riesling "Riesling" 2015
Rhein riesling "Aries" 2013
Piros bakator 2015
Pinot Noir 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Rhein riesling "Venus" 2013
+ other surprises!

The menu

Cheese selection

First course
Beetroot, lentil, pumpkin

Main course
Boeuf bourguignon, carrot

Panna cotta, grape, pine

Because of the seasonality of the local ingredients we may change the menu!


The fee of the tasting and the dinner: with booking of one of our guesthouses it is 10.000 HUF / person, without booking 14.000 Ft / person.

The full length of the event is 4 hours with the walk. In case of nice weather please prepare with water resistant, warm clothing!

For the reservation and booking please write us on the address info@benczebirtok.hu or call us on the number +36 30 212 7288!

Places where our wines are available

On the tastings we had several questions about places in Budapest and Hungary where our wines are available. We made this list now and we will refresh it monthly. At the bottom of this page you can find our pickup points where you can pick up your orders of more the 6 bottles from us sent in e-mail or phone.


DemiJohn Premiere
27/09/2016 15:00-18:00  DROP SHOP - Wine Bar
Balassi Bálint utca 27., Budapest, Hungary, 1055
You can taste the followings of our new wines: Talált szőlő 2015, Rajnai rizling "Riesling" 2015, Piros bakator 2015, Pinot Noir "Virgo" 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Olaszrizling Október Tasting
08/10/2016 14:00  Corinthia Hotel Budapest
You can taste the followings of our rieslings: Rajnai rizling "Riesling" 2015, Rajnai rizling 2013, Rajnai rizling "Venus" 2013

Terroir Club - Autumn Open Tasting
11/10/2016 17:00-20:00 Terroir Club, Csillaghegyi út 13., Budapest, Hungary, 1037
You can taste the followings of our new wines: Talált szőlő 2015, Rhein riesling "Riesling" 2015, Piros bakator 2015

Walking, tasting and dinner in November
19/11/2016 15:00  In the estate, Hegymagas, Szent György-hegy
On 19th of November we invite you for an autumn walk in the vineyards, a tasting and a dinner! If the weather is nice we walk around our plots, we listen to the nature, we tell how we work in the whole year, how we make our wines in the vineyards. After the walk we taste, we talk about winemaking, styles, balance and the personality of our plots. We finish the tasting with a dinner, four courses, which we tuned to autumn and the coming winter.
You can taste the followings of our wines: Rhein riesling "Riesling" 2015, Rhein riesling "Aries" 2013, Piros bakator 2015, Pinot Noir 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rhein riesling "Venus" 2013 + other surprises!

Dinner in Pura Vida
08/12/2016 18:00 Pura Vida Wine & Dine Étterem, Tapolca, Fő tér 6-8.
Reservation: +36 87 687 080
You can taste the followings of our wines: Piros Bakator Brut Nature 2013, Rhein Riesling "Riesling" 2015, Pinot Noir Blanc de Noirs "Virgo" 2014, Pinot Noir 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rhein Riesling "Venus" 2013

Almond bloom

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Spring calendar 2016

We have collected all the events where you can meet us and taste our wines this spring. Furthermore, our experimental, still maturing wines will truly please those being keen on getting to know us better.

24th February, Three Winemaker Night in ETAP - Meinklang, Dávid Borház, Bencze Birtok
Evening 19.00 - 21.30
ETAP, 7th district, Király utca 43-45.

3-5th March, VinCE Budapest
Every day: 11.00 - 20.00
Corinthia Hotel Budapest 7th district, Erzsébet krt 43-47.

11th March, Wine Club, Salgótarján
Starts at 18.00
Address: 3100 Salgótarján, Kassai sor 26.
Contact: +36 30 924 2638, tarjanborhaz@upcmail.hu

6th April, Badacsony in New York, winetasting
Tasting for the press: 15.00 – 16.00
Tasting for all guests: 16.00 – 21.00
New York-palota / Boscolo Budapest 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9.

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