Tamás Dúzsi has long been an important figure in Hungarian winemaking. After graduating from the University of Pécs in viticulture and enology, he worked for many years as a horticultural engineer, teacher, winemaker, and winemaking consultant. It was not until the early 1990s that he purchased his own estate in Szekszárd under the “Land Compensation” scheme, which allowed former landowning families to re-acquire land that was nationalized under communism. Tamás Dúzsi thus started his estate, comprised of only 3.3 hectares of Kékfrankos grape. Since then, his winery has become a leading institution of the wine community of Szekszárd, harvesting 400 tons of grapes every year to make around 25 different types of wine.
His wines have received widespread national and international acclaim: he has won 19 medals from “Le Mondial du Rosé”, 6 medals from “Mundus vini”, and prizes from the “Le Mondial du Merlot”, “Challenge International du Vin”, ”Le Citadelles du Vin”, “Le Mondial du Shiraz”, “Le Vinalies internationales”, “Le Mondial des Pinots” and “Zarcillo.” He was also recently recognized as the 2014 Hungarian Winemaker of the Year, the highest national distinction for winemaking in Hungary. Tamás Dúzsi is the father of 7, and 3 of his sons are currently studying winemaking and oenology. He is a member of the Wine Academy of Hungary, a member of the Pannon Winemaker Guild of Hungary (Magyar Bormíves Céh) and a former road-cyclist.
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Size of vineyards: 66 acres
Grapes grown: Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Kadarka, Menoire, Olaszrizling, Tramini, Hárslevelü.
Soil and terroir: mineral-rich loess and clay
Yearly output: 400 tons, or 540,000 bottles