Vylyan Winery

A commitment to the Villány region

Wine Region:Villány

Types of wines:Rose, Syrah, Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Portugieser, Kadarka, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

About the Vylyan Winery

Winery features: Offers cellar visit, Winery is family friendly, Meeting space available, Tasting room, On a wine route, Wine shop, Open for wine tasting

Tasting fee: Wine tasting is available from HUF 1,500 per person, including cellar visit

Notes: The tasting room opens up to a Mediterranean-style tasting terrace overlooking the vineyard

The Vylyan Winery was established in 1992. The name Vylyan, inspired by a 15th century manuscript referring to Villány, was chosen out of commitment to the region and respect for traditions. The winery grows grapes on 125 hectares of land spread out over 5 of the Villány Mountain’s most fertile south and southeast facing slopes. The focus is on red grapes, both local and international varieties, like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Portugieser. Special emphasis is given to Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Kadarka. The 125-hectare winery produces approximately 600,000 bottles of wine annually.

Over the years the Vylyan winery has developed an excellent reputation. In 2008 it was named ‘Winery of the Year’ both in Hungary and at the same time in Denmark by a Danish wine magazine. In addition, the winery and its Pinot Noir 2004 was selected amongst the best wineries of the world in ‘The World’s Greatest Wines’ by Michel Bettane & Thierry Desseauve, France's most pre-eminent wine critics.

Vylyan and the Arts

The Vylyan Winery is a big supporter of the arts, whether it’s helping young and talented local artists or keeping alive the local folk traditions.

'Barrel Art'

A good example is Vylyan’s art tender for Bogyólé’s label. Bogyólé is the winery’s first wine of the season, kind of like a Beaujolais nouveau, made in limited quantities (20,000 bottles annually). Each year, art students in Pécs have the opportunity to design the label and showcase their work to a wider audience as part of the contest. The winning design is featured on the 20,000-series production.

The ‘Barrel Art Project’, another initiative by Vylyan to inspire design through a tangible cross-section of art and wine, lets young artists showcase their work on old wine barrels. The best designs are exhibited in the winery’s garden.

Vylyan also hosts music bands, literary nights and festivals throughout the year.

Vylyan Wines

Vylyan wines are grouped according to three categories:

Classicus stands for lighter, fruitier wines with short maturation and emphasis on the aroma of the grapes. The labels tell the ancient legend of Villány's Devil-Ploughed Hill: Riesling (Witch), Chardonnay (Harka), Rosé (Rooster), Portugieser (Cat), Ördög (Devil)

Premium wines are made from the best grapes. They are matured for a minimum of 12 months: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Montenuovo

Selection wines are great wines in limited edition. These wines are made only from the best vintages and from carefully selected grapes: Pillangó (a Merlot selection from the Pillangó vineyard), Mandolás (a Cabernet Franc selection from the Mandolás vineyard), Dobogó (a Cabernet Sauvignon selection from the Dobogó vineyard), Gombás (a Pinot Noir selection from the Gombás vineyard) and Duennium (a barrel selection)

Must-buy Wines

Cabernet Franc 2006, 2007
Vylyan’s Cabernet Franc is a rich, well-poised and energetic wine, displaying beautiful balance of vivid acidity and velvety tannins.
Aging: 16 months in oak barrels

Pannon Wine Challenge 2010 – Top Wine
Challenge International du Vin 2010 – Silver Medal
Vinalies, France 2009 – Silver Medal
Tonella Prestige Reserve 2010 – Gold Medal

Pinot Noir 2006
This grape is famously delicate and exciting. It provides an elegant, luscious and sophisticated wine rich in aromas.
Aging: 12 months in oak barrels

Decanter World Wine Award 2009 – Silver Medal
Mondus Vini 2008 – Silver Medal

Syrah 2006, 2007
Vylyan's Syrah is a fleshy and concentrated wine with complex flavors. Intense forest fruits complemented with spicy notes like vanilla and white pepper dominate the aroma.
Aging: 14 months in oak barrels

Tonella Prestige Reserve 2010 – Gold Medal
Vinalies, France 2009 – Silver Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 – Silver Medal
Pannon Wine Challenge 2010 – Top Wine

Montenuovo Cuvée 2006, 2007
A harmonious blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot and Zweigelt. Ripe fruits complemented with spicy notes dominate the aroma.
Aging: 16 months, 35% in 6000 l casks and 65% in 225 l barrels

Challenge International du Vin, Bordeaux 2008 – Bronze Medal
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008 – Gold Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2008 – Bronze Medal
Pannon Wine Challenge 2009 – Top Wine
Austrian Wine Challenge, Wien 2009 – Gold Medal

Mandolás 2006
A Cabernet Franc selection from Vylyan’s Mandolás vineyard, made from the best grapes only. Richly concentrated, deep, complex and gripping with fruity aromas.
Aging: 19 months in oak barrels

Tonella Prestige Reserve 2009 – Prestige Reserve Award
Mundus Vini, Germany 2009 – Silver medal
VinAgora 2009 – Silver medal

Duennium 2003, 2006
Duennium is a ripe and complex blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe tannins, vital acidity, velvety texture and a massive but fruity palate best characterize this wine.
Aging: 18 months in oak barrels

Tonella Prestige Reserve 2010 – Grand Award
Vinalies, France 2007 – Gold medal

Vylyan Wines in Restaurants

Severeal hotels and restaurants in Budapest carry Vylyan wines, such as Tigris, Krizia, Gundel, Belcanto, Tom George, Lou-Lou, Cafe Vian and Spoon just to mention a few. 

Vylyan Wines Abroad

Vylyan wines are available in Denmark, the Netherlands, China and Japan.

Directions and Contact Info

Getting there: The winery is located in Kisharsány, between Nagyharsány and Siklós, just off route M60. Once in Kisharsány, follow the signs guiding to the winery.

Wine tasting contact: vendeglatas@vylyan.hu
Phone: (+36-30) 376-0885 or (+36-30) 458-1097

Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily, except Mondays, when the winery is closed to visitors

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