Sauska is a family-owned and operated winery with vineyards in both Tokaj (NE Hungary) and Villany (SW Hungary). We grow indigenous and international grape varieties and use only the power of gravity and ambient yeasts to craft our wines. They run the gamut from sparkling to still; dry to sweet; white, red and rose.
Teamed up with a young, talented and passionate staff we truly enjoy our journey with the desire to make world-class wines, that are precise, elegant and uniquely Hungarian.
Today’s gold standards, rules now written in stone, all started out at one point as an experiment. Passionate, brave people’s most creative ideas were gradually transformed into common practices by several generations. This is why we are so keen to understand and accept this ever-changing world around us. To see and learn what we have to do in Tokaj and in Villány where we belong.
Complicated, rich, mysterious. Also traditional, beautifully-worn, gracefully-aging and distant, as a true legend should be. For two decades we have continually strived to figure out what it has to say, and we tremendously enjoy every minute of that ongoing conversation. Tokaj was never more ready to shine and we are proud to be part of its renaissance. Let`s raise a glass of Furmint bubbles to it!
This is not just a wine country to us… it is our heritage. For Christian, it is Somberek, the tiny village nearby where his family lived for centuries. For Peter, it is Bóly, his birthplace. For our Cabernet Sauvignon, it is the cold plateau of Siklós where its lean acidity comes from. For our Cabernet Franc, it is the searing-hot Devil`s Ditch. Villány is warm, homey and inviting. Once people arrive, no one ever wants to leave its magic.
The Sauska sparkling wines embody the Tokaj terroir through their indigenous and international varietals expressions. Furmint and Hárslevelű, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are 100% estate-grown, shaped to perfection in the 150-year-old limestone cellars situated in Budapest. This part of the city, also known as Budafok, was an idyllic land of vineyards from the Roman times on and by the mid-19th century, it became the center of local wine production. Outstanding temperature conditions, steadily circulating fresh air and robust walls providing perfect light protection characterize the 150-year old cellar system where we housed our sparkling wines in 2015.
Sauska Furmint 2020
Pale straw-yellow with greenish hues. The nose is flinty with ripe figs, mango, kiwi, lemon zest, and green tea on the palate. Crisp, clean, perfectly balanced, medium-bodied wine, the very definition of Tokaj Furmint.
Sauska Birsalmás Furmint 2018
Pale yellow with greenish hues. On the nose pineapple and pear along with fresh mint. The sip is complex and layered, strong volcanic minerality with lovely peaches and bold red grapefruit. It lasts long in the mouth.
“Lovely restraint on the nose, cool, crunchy fruit. Fresh, smooth, and feisty. Elegant, fine and soft mousse.” Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2022 – gold medal
“Elegant, long and linear” Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship 2021 – gold medal.
Straw gold, with a regular stream of bubbles. An enticing nose, with notes of ripe citrus, honey, and juicy pineapple. In the mouth, a first fresh impression, with citrus zests, lemon curd and a mineral smokiness. A well-balanced wine, vivacious with good length.
Sauska Cuvée 7 Villány 2017
A bold Bordeaux-blend with Cabernet Sauvignon backbone. Deep ruby, layered, elegant, floral, and fruity. Aromas of freshly baked brioche, bread, cloves, and fresh herbs dominate the nose. On the palate bold, silky tannins, rich herbal notes, fine texture. massive body. In our mind, this is a contemporary Villány red blend: powerful yet proportionate and energizing. Not lacking some cosmopolitan charm, though.
Sauska Cuvée 13 2019
Warm ruby red. Aromas of plum, gooseberries and freshly baked sourdough bread dominate the nose. On the palate, a lovely outburst of red forest fruits, delicate freshness. Lean and proportionate body, clean and balanced finish. The perfect everyday red.
Sauska Cabernet Franc Siklós 2017
Deep violet with ruby hues. Serious richness of aromas, tension and elegance, tobacco and oriental spices, mostly cardamom, cloves, and a touch of cinnamon. On the palate, ripe red berries, blackcurrant, raspberry, blackberry. Silky tannins, great length, attractive complexity.