The history of Tűzkő Estate dates back to the beginning of the 1990s when Hungary went through some groundbreaking political and economic changes. This transformation created real market conditions and opened up the county for foreign investors as well.
The history, diversity, millennial traditions and the hidden possibilities of the Hungarian wine regions attracted numerous, considerable business people to our country.
Two renowned Italian wine people: Marchese Piero Antinori and Marchese Jacopo Mazzei, who have been closely related to the world of wine for generations through their family traditions, discovered the potential of Tűzkő estate situated beetween the hills of Tolna, in the vicinity of Szekszárd wine region. They had foreseen the potential of establishing a winery with large capacity at high quality. When considering their decision, they took into account the following: the high quality of wines produced here, the astonishing beauty of the landscape, the impressive underground cellars, and the vineyards of the estate with rich history.
As a result of the promising figures, Marchese Antinori decided to take over Tűzkő Estate in 2000.
Tolna wine region
Szekszárd is a significant wine region in the Transdanubia, and though Tolna is less known, it has a strong potential as well regarding winemaking. The carefully cultivated vineyards and rows of cellars act as attractions for wine tourists. Wine travellers may enjoy warm welcome in the cellars of Paks, Mőcsény, Simontornya, Felsőnyék, Hőgyész and other villages of Völgység (’Valley Land’). The tiny village of Bátaapáti, hidden in the neighbourhood of lakes of Zsibrik and Szálka belong to this lovely and fabulous region. Tolna wine region gives good quality white wines in the first place made of varieties like Chardonnay, Tramini, Zöldveltelini, Olaszrizling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Tűzkő Estate is located near the village of Bátaapáti, among the hills of Tolna, near the river Danube. The winery is only 150 kilometres from Budapest southbound. The hills and the small valleys, along with the lakes of Szálka and Zsibrik create an ideal microclimate for grape growing.
The wine estate can boast a long history of viticulture: first it was a small settlement of German habitants, then it became the granary of the larger estate. The former underground cellars of this granary are used nowadays for the ageing of the wines.
The history of Tűzkő Estate is closely related to that of the Counts of Apponyi family of French origin. The roots of the family date back to the beginning of the 18th century, but their most active period took place in the 19th century. Among the territories belonging to the family, the estate of Bátaapáti had the most potential regarding both quantity and quality. Utilizing the opportunities given by nature, the Apponyis launched innovative techniques both in viticulture and winemaking.
The majority of the historical vineyards of the estate is situated among the declivous hills of Völgység. The wines made here are famous for their aromas. The vines are grown on limestone and loess soil with good water managing qualities. The new plantations are situated near the villages of Mórágy and Mőcsény, where the given climate and soil characteristics are different, therefore they create the ideal diversity of microclimates for us.
The historic cellars and the modern winery
Tűzkő Estate winery owns a peculiar underground cellar behind the hill, carved of leoss and strengthened with bricks at the beginning of the 1700s. These cave cellars have kept the same temperature for the past 300 years, the annual change of temperature is constantly under 1 °C, therefore the ageing of the wines still take place within these historic caverns. Both the 225 barriques and and the bottle ageing hall are situated here. The modern winery buliding built in 1991 contains the most up to date equipment for gentle pressing, temperature controlled fermentation and bottling.
Red and white wines
The objective of Tűzkő Estate is to create the best possible wines of the diverse varieties given. They work to make layered, versatile, subtle wines. Special attention is dedicated to indigenous white and black varieties, the blend called Tűzkő Domb (Tűzkő Hill), the icon wine of the estate made in 2003 for the first time is a manifestation of this philosophy. This flagship wine of the estate has achieved several national and international acknowledgements proving its well deserved place in top gastronomy in Hungary and abroad.
Currently 120 hectares are under vines of white grapes (Pinot Grigio, Grüner Veltliner, Traminer, Rhine Riesling Chardonnay, Cserszegi Fűszeres and Sauvignon blanc, in smaller amount Hárslevelű and Green Silvaner), while 56 hectares are under black grapes, mainly Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, in a smaller amount of Pinot Noir and Bíborkadarka.
Tűzkő Birtok – Eurobor Kft.
7164 Bátaapáti Hűvösvölgy u. 4.
Dr Árpád Erdélyi
Tel.: +36 74 409 222
Importers: The Netherlands (Activin B.V.), Belgium (Drankenservice Vandermolen – Vanko bvba), Germany (Xaver Troiber e.k. ; Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH ), Poland (LAUBEL – Peter Illesy), Switzerland (Globalwein AG – Philipp Reher), Taiwan (European Consumer Product Trading Co. Ltd.), Canada (Mark Anthony Brands), USA (Hemispheres LLC), Israel (Havit Hungarit), Italy (Marchesi Antinori S.p.A)
TŰZKŐ BANKA GRÜNER VELTLINER 2022
Greenish yellow in colour. Impressive nose with elegant floral and citrus notes. Excellent freshness and good structure characterise this complex, yet easy drinking wine.
TŰZKŐ GRÜNER VELTLINER 2022
Straw yellow color. Its impressive nose offers elegant citrus and floral notes, with a spicy and peppery character. On the palate, outstanding freshness and good structure bring complexity and make the wine extremely enjoyable.
TŰZKŐ RIESLING 2022
Straw yellow color. The pleasant bouquet is characterized by lively nuances of tropical fruits, lime, lemon, peach and floral notes. On the palate it is fresh, well-balanced and defined by excellent structure and a long finish.
TŰZKŐ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2022
Straw yellow color with golden highlights. The nose offers fresh, delicate notes of kiwi, green apples and elderflower blossoms. The fragrant palate presents excellent freshness and aromas typical of the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety.
TŰZKŐ GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2022
Bright yellow color. On the nose, it reveals elegance, finesse and the aromatic intensity typical of the Traminer grape with tropical fruits notes, like lychee, passion fruit, apricot, with a citrousy streak from mandarin oranges and grapefruit, supported by hints of rose petals.
TŰZKŐ CHARDONNAY BARRIQUE 2021
Straw yellow color with golden highlights. It has an intense and complex bouquet characterized by sweet fruits notes like pear, apple and hints of vanilla, cinnamon and ripe figs. On the palate it’s rich and creamy, yet elegant and fresh.
TŰZKŐ KÉKFRANKOS 2020
Ruby red in the glass, the nose is characterized by notes of cherries, red fruit and pink pepper accompanied by delicate spicy hints of hot pepper. A vibrant palate delivers refined tannins with good freshness and an excellent finish. Ideal to pair with typical Hungarian dishes with paprika, and meat based first courses or entrees.
TŰZKŐ 7FRANKOS 2019
Bright ruby red color. The bouquet offers notes of cherries, red fruit, pink peppercorns accompanied by delicate spicy sensations of chili peppers. With its medium body, on the palate it’s vibrant, with fine tannins, clean and spicy feelings, a pleasant acidity and a long finish.
TŰZKŐ DOMB CUVÉE 2019
Deep ruby red color. Rich bouquet of black fruits, plum, blackberries, tertiary aromas of sweet spices, cinnamon, vanilla and liquorice are well integrated in the full body of the wine. Iconic wine of Tuzko estate, produed only in the best vintages.