Villa Sandahl was founded in Badacsony 2004, by two Swedish brothers with their families. The reason with turning to Hungary, was that world class vineyards were still affordable and could be acquired by wine lovers like us. We knew from start, that we aimed for nothing less than outstanding wines, and grapes for such wines have to come from excellent vineyards, such as the volcanic and mineral vineyards in Badacsony
After experimenting some years with different grape varieties, harvest dates, yield, and wine making methods, we came to the conclusion that
- The slightly too hot climate in our south facing and steep vineyards, demanded a grape variety that could better stand the heat. Rajnai Riesling ripening later with pronounced acidity became the perfect match to the micro climate.
- The most important quality factor, beside a lot of others, is a late harvest. We took advantage of the Riesling late ripening and the Badacsony warm autumn, to stretch harvest time until the grapes almost approached over ripeness.
- We should keep the ton per hectare yield at such low value, that other factors became the limit for the quality level, which is somewhere around 5 – 7 tons per hectare.
With the above vineyard concepts, the next step in wine making is to not destroy the raw material in the winery. Looking around in the world for premium white wine making, Alsace were one of the choices for excellence
Our wine friends in Sweden brought us in contact with a skillful wine maker in Alsace, and we proudly copied the state of art winemaking applied in Alsace.
We gently press full clusters in a top modern press, separating different juice qualities in various fractions, which are separately fermented very cool for several months, and then assembled to a handful of our offerings. Our wine style results in rich fruit with balanced and soft acidity, making the wine fresh and crisp in their youth, and powerful to improve for many years in the bottle.