Holdvölgy, Hungarian for “Valley of the Moon”, started off as a heartfelt birthday present. Owner Pascal Demko’s French mother gifted a few vineyard plots to her Tokaj-native husband. Pascal has turned this tender gesture into the most exciting wine project in Hungary. Searching for vineyards commissioned by his mother, Pascal was enthralled by the quality and potential of regional soil. He ended up with 26 ha (65 acres) of prime vineyards in Mád Valley: 22 historic parcels in 7 originally classified Grand Crus of the region. The keys to producing quality wines here are an acute understanding of varying terroirs, combined with hand-tending and a careful parcel-by-parcel vine selection. The winery reflects its owner’s spirit of exceptionalism: an extremely modern establishment in perfect harmony with the rustic landscape. A century-old 2km (1.25 mile) cellar network crowns Holdvölgy’s assets.
Size of vineyards: 65 acres
Grapes grown: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Yellow Muscat, Zéta, Kabar
Soil and terroir: Red ferrous oxide soil, of high clay content, with scattered highly quartzitic and rhyolitic parts
Yearly output: 8300 cases