Our Red Wines

Since that first partial harvest in 2016, we have seen three years of full production (2017 to 2019) and we are now working on our 2020 vintage. We have settled into a pattern of making four wines from our own red grapes – Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pillangó Cuvée from a combination of the two grape varieties. In addition, we make Pipacs Rozé from whichever grape variety has the best yield. Having worked with them for seven years now, we believe that Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes are ideally suited to the climate and soil conditions of this wine region. Given that Mother Nature is in charge, each wine season presents different challenges. As new wine-makers, we have to be prepared to meet these seasonal challenges and be open to learning something new every year.
This certainly keeps us on our toes!

One of the key differences about working with red wines is that they tend to have a much longer life. Not only do they mature while in the barrel but they also continue to mature and improve for several years after they are bottled. The extent to which red wines change during this maturation process is amazing; it is one of the wonders of wine making. It is a two to three year process to create a delightful red wine, with the wine-maker taking over from Mother Nature after the grapes are harvested. That intimate and intense involvement with the wines as they develop turns the hard work of wine making into a rewarding pleasure.

Cabernet Franc is our premium wine; it is a subtle red wine with a depth of aroma and a slightly spicy taste that make it ideal for drinking with a meal of meat or even firm flavoured fish. Cabernet Franc will not let you down.

Merlot is a full-bodied wine whose fruitiness explodes in your mouth and whose pleasing after taste lingers for a long time on your taste buds, especially if you swill it around in your mouth before swallowing. It is a wine for all occasions, to be treasured with one of your favourite meals.

Depending on the variable climate conditions and grape yields each year,
we have also created two other wines from these two classic Bordeaux grape varieties. Some years we carefully blend together some of the Cabernet Franc and Merlot finished wines to create Pillangó Cuvée. Other years, we mix together some of the two grape varieties in typical Bordeaux style, before fermentation and pressing, to make a third wine that we have named Birtok Mélange. Both of these wines generally have a long bottle-life and will continue to thrill your palate for years to come.

Our white wines

In addition to our red wines, we make three white wines from grapes we purchase from growers in the Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region – Olaszrizling, Irsai Olivér and also Orio Cuvée that is made from a combination of those two wines. We selected those two white grapes because they are so typical of the north shore of Lake Balaton.

Olaszrizling (literally translated means Italian Riesling) is the staple white wine variety in the Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Region of which Lovas is part. Although the origins of this grape variety are not clear, it is likely that it came to Central Europe with the ancient Romans (about two thousand years ago) and it has truly found a perfect home on the north shore of Lake Balaton.
Its reliability and flexibility make it consistently the most popular wine variety in this region. Olaszrizling is a dry white wine with a fruity after-taste that will stimulate your taste-buds. It is delicious when served as an aperitif with light snacks but it is also robust enough to accompany almost any type of food, from fish to chicken and pork, whether served grilled, fried or baked and whether breaded or served with a creamy sauce. You cannot go wrong with this delightful wine; it is indeed a wine for all occasions.

We absolutely love the outstanding fruitiness of Irsai Olivér, which is a uniquely Hungarian grape that has a close association with Lake Balaton.
This splendidly fruity wine has a pleasant dryness that keeps you coming back for more. This is a wine that should be served cold and consumed when it is young. It is worth noting that the fruitiness of Irsai Olivér makes it an ideal partner with spicy foods – the fruitiness will not be overwhelmed by the spices. Try a glass of our Irsai Olivér; you will not regret it.

We have also created a cuvée from our Olaszrizling and Irsai Olivér to yield Orio Cuvée, a wine of which we are very proud. We believe that this wine accentuates the best of both grapes – it retains the fruitiness of the Irsai Olivér, while still permitting the dryness and versatility of the Olaszrizling to shine through.

Our rozé wine

Pipacs Rozé: From our red grapes, we also make an easy-drinking rozé which is designed to be a flavourful aperitif that pleases and refreshes your palate, while you relax or chat with your friends, as the late afternoon sun approaches the horizon.

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