Growing grapes and producing wine started as a hobby for my father, László Bukolyi. Laszlo moved from the computer industry to agriculture in 1999. Since then his name has been associated with the wines of Eger, one of the most fertile places in Central Europe. From the start he treated his hobby with maximum devotion and pursued perfection within it. At some point it became difficult to imagine our family’s future without wine.
We always work towards the production of wines that are pleasurable, nutritional, and which respect our traditions and values. We imagine our wines as thoughtful and slightly romantic. We respect our land and do not engage in chemical spraying, weed control, or mechanical harvesting, and we also refrain from using additives or pesticides. We believe that wine that is solely made for economic gain is simply less valuable.
A wine’s quality is determined by the quality of the raw material that goes into it. Without flawless grapes there’s no great wine, and without excellent land there are no flawless grapes! Around 2000, my father chose the most emblematic vineyards of Eger on the Nagy-Eged (Great Eged) hill. At that time he was the only person who was willing and able to invest in land which had been disused and decaying for decades. Now the Nagy-Eged hill is back on the map of the Eger wine region, quite possibly the finest land in the area.
Looking to the future, our goal is to create a family farm that is self-sustaining and meets the needs of our consumers. We own 110 hectares, 45 of which are on the Nagy-Eged and in its immediate vicinity. We are most proud of a 5 hectare piece on the Nagy-Eged, which is characterized by very rich ecological, climatic, geomorphic, and botanical uniqueness. We want to revive and preserve the native plants in this area. This way we can create not merely a vineyard, which is an agricultural monoculture, but a complex harmonious space for all of the resources of Eger and the Egri people.
We are still cultivating several of our parcels of land for both food and wine, and are experimenting with growing crops wildly in a few places. We are continuously expanding our range of products, but grapes remain our focus. All signs indicate that we cannot quit the wine.
Marcell is in love with natural wine. His experience abroad allows him to manage all aspects of the family winery. He studied economic and viriculturism in Hungary and abroad, and has professional experience in many countries, including the Rhone Valley.
Size of vineyards: 111 acres
Grapes grown: Pinot Noir, Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Syrah, Viognier, Királyleányka, Pinot Blanc
Soil and terroir: distinctive basalt soils and limestone