Bodrog Borműhely (literally Bodrog Wine Workshop) is the child of János Hajdú and Krisztián Farkas. The two winemakers have a 50-50 share. Their shared passion and friendship were the foundation for them throwing themselves into building the estate in 2007.
János was born in Bodrogkisfalud. Wines and vines have played an important role in his family for generations, so there was never any question of him not working with wine one day. “I grew up in it so somehow it was natural that that would be the direction of my studies too. So I went to study viticulture and oenology. And that is where I met Krisztián. At the time he was a sommelier and was working for a wine merchants. We saw a future for us going into a joint business so in 2007 we founded Bodrog Borműhely,” said János Hajdú of their beginnings.
“In the first years our wines were from the 1.2 hectares in Lapis and Dereszla. Today we have 6 hectares. We grew gradually and made increasingly large investments so that after 10 years we had managed selling here too. Naturally, we set the highest quality for winemaking as our aim. In addition to small quantity single-vineyards, we also make late harvest wines and Aszú. 2015 was a turning point in the life of the winery as that was when we changed over to an organic perspective. We cultivate totally organically, and I feel that more expressive wines are thus born,” added János.
At the moment their largest vineyards are in Lapis dűlő in Bodrogkeresztúr, which is planted with Furmint (70%) and Hárslevelű (30%). The vines were planted around 1975. But they also have plots in Halas, Vár hegy, Deák and Nagyka. They have planted a total of 12,500 vines: Sárgamuskotály, Hárslevelű, Furmint t92 clone and Furmint Szepsy selection.
So, what wine does a winemaker drink? János admitted his favourite is a dry white, but above all his wine from Halas dűlő. This is one of their oldest vineyards, and vines were planted by his grandfather 60 to 80 years ago. Now he’s happy that he didn’t cut them out and it seems that the vines are showing their gratitude with great wine.