The noble Degenfeld family first arrived in Hungary at the beginning of the 19th century. With their excellent estates, they played an important role in the history of Tokaj-Hegyalja. One of the most influential Tokaj landowners, Count Imre Degenfeld, was a founding member of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Winemakers Society, established in 1857. After World War II, the Hungarian heir of the Degenfeld family, Count Sándor Degenfeld, was stripped of his wealth and lived in Romania with his wife. In 1964, they emigrated to Germany. In 1994, they reacquired their winery and began the process of revival. In addition, they purchased a first-class vineyard and an ancient cellar in Tarcal.
Today, the 100 hectare estate is comprised of lands on the Terézia hill, the Mézesmál dűlő near Mád, and on the edge of Mezőzombor. These vineyards are some of the best grape-growing areas in the whole of Tokaj-Hegyalja. The original buildings bought in the 1872 later served as the former vintners’ college for the region. Now the school building is a castle hotel, and the venue for practical training now serves as the cellar for maturing the wines.
Since 2008, the Degenfeld winery has pursued organic and sustainable winemaking, making it the first winery of the region to invest in such a project. Currently, several vineyards (including the Hárslevelü and Furmint vineyards on the Terézia hill) are organic, and the transition to organic winemaking is underway in other areas.
Size of vineyards: 86 acres
Grapes grown: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Muscat Lunel, Zéta, Kabar, Kövérszőlő
Soil and terroir: volcanic tuff bedrock with brown forest topsoil