The Szentvér Terroir is located in the middle of the Tokaj Wine Region, on the southern slopes of a string of hills stretching between Erdőbénye and Tolcsva. Its ideal elevation and slope characteristics protect the grape crop against damage by frost in winter and early spring.
The winery rearranged the vineyard in 2003, planting at a density of some 5,000 vine-stocks per hectare.
The terroir has black soil mixed with rhyolitic tuff which can retain water even in the dry summer months. Due to the excellent location and mineral-rich soil structure, wines made with grapes from this terroir are very richly flavoured, with nicely balanced acidity and a fragrance of linden blossom specific to the Hárslevelű variety.
This terroir has properties very similar to the vine-growing lands of Szerencs, with mildly acidic soil containing calcium carbonate. The south-southeasterly orientation favours grape varieties of relatively early maturation.
Located in the vicinity of Tolcsva, this terroir has provided favourable environmental conditions for Hárslevelű and Furmint vine-stocks since 1975. The northeast and southwest-oriented vines are likewise planted in mildly acidic soil containing calcium carbonate.
The Szarvas Terroir is set on the southern slopes of Tokaj Hill on a perfectly south-facing slope, which helps retain the early morning mist arriving from the Tisza and Bodrog rivers in the autumn months.
The vineyard is one of the best vine-growing areas in the entire wine region, and one of two terroirs classified as “above first class” in 1737, a designation assigned to croplands of outstanding quality. For many years it was owned by the famous Rákóczi family, before passing into the ownership of the Hapsburg Empire in 1715, and then of the Kingdom of Hungary until 1918.
Heat is easily absorbed by the loess soil structure of the terroir, allowing a longer than average growing season. The vine rows run from hilltop to valley, with the length of the rows varying depending on the angle of the slope to help minimise erosion.
Vines are typically cordon-trained at medium height. A high vine-stock density permits moderate vine yields, essential for the production of wines of excellent value and quality. An outstanding microclimate particularly promotes botrytisation.
One of the most famous terroirs bordering the village of Mád, Kővágó has a southerly orientation and favourable microclimate providing excellent yields and a high degree of botrytisation for Furmint grapes. The area was replanted in 1993, with a density of 5,000 vine-stocks per hectare.
Soils mixed with rhyolite and andesitic tuff produce a surface rich in minerals, enabling the production of wines that are easy to store and mature.