Villány (Vee-lawn) Wine District in the DéL-DUNáNTúL Wine Region:
The most southerly of Hungary's great wine regions is Villány with some of the most advanced viticulture techniques of
the country. This area is well known for its robust red wines and is earning global notoriety for their wonderful big mouth
feel Cabernet Franc wines that are full bodied with well balanced fruit, acidity and velvet tannins. Red wine varieties are
most notable in this region: Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The area covers about 2000 hectares and is divided by two towns - Villány and Siklós. The climate is sub-mediterranean in character with hot summers, mild winters and lots of sunshine that enables the fruit to develop in a cold climate offering balance to the acidity.
Archaeological findings demonstrate that viticulture has an ancient history here pre-dating the Romans. After the last
battle fought against the Turks in 1687, the Serbians settled in the village and re-ignited viticulture with the Kadarka
grape and became the founders of red wine production in this region. After 1770, the arrival of German viticulturists
brought newer technology and further promoted the red wine production with the Blue Oporto grape.
Recent decades have brought advancements in technology and strain resistant vines to the viticulture and wine production of the region. The citizens of Villány were among the first to develop wineries of European standards within Hungary, however, with the advancements of viticulture, Villany has equally protected their traditions and culture. The historical street cellars still line the main street and pressing rooms still dot the vineyards. Visitors can walk the main street and taste wines from small producers in the historical cellars.