“Zitakötő”, a lovely “dragonfly” from Mátra mountains
Wine of the Weekend
“Where sun meets the mountain” – this is the slogan of Sol Montis, a family winery in Mátra wine region. “Our personal mission therefore is to create noble wines that embody the most characteristic features of this area. We look after more than 100 hectares of grape at the tame feet of the hills, with utmost care and professional expertise that combines the respect for ancient winemaking traditions with fresh, youthful dynamism.”
A gift from father to daughter
“Zitakötő” is a semi sweet white wine created by the father, the founder of the winery to his daughter, Zita, who is also a winemaker and an ambitious manager of not only the estate, but the wine region is well (she is the president of Mátra Council of Winemakers).
The name of the wine is a pun: ‘szitakötő’ is dragonfly in Hungarian, a sleek, beautiful insect of spring meadows, the beginning of the word is replaced with Zita, the name of the daughter.
The wine is made of Muscat grape, some of the berries were shrivelled at the time of harvest, therefore the residual sugar is 20.7 g /l, and the wine is abundant in floral notes. Fermentation took place after 2 hours of soaking, ageing in stainless steel tanks. Spicy notes mingle with flowers and white flesh fruits, and the taste lingers on for a long time after tasting.
Ideal with light, fruity desserts or just by itself in the afternoon, sitting on the terrace and watching dragonflies…
Sunset-spotting at Sol Montis
The estate awaits guests every day (except for Sunday). Tastings of 6–7 wines are accompanied with a home made platter of delicious appetizers and warm meals are also available with previous booking. Plus the estate has just started the so called Sol Montis Picnic, an event where special, mouthwatering dishes are created to match each wine of the estate.
The following Sol Montis Picnic dates are:
– 19 June
– 17 July
– 20 August
The entrance to the picnic is free, but i is better to reserve a table.