Rémusz Dávid arrived with his family in 1996 in Erdőbénye where they transformed a run-down hunting lodge built in 1650 into a stunning mansion. The building with cellar somehow just became the centre of their life.
The cellar in the estate and the village of Erdőbénye had a great effect on Rémusz from the start. The Tokaj atmosphere put its stamp on his life here. “I never had a childhood dream or desire to become a winemaker. It’s true I always loved nature and I knew I would have something to do with it, but I never dreamed of this. I grew up in a village, so agriculture was always close me. When my Mum and her husband – who were already great wine lovers – bought the mansion, I started to get to know the vines. I watched how wine was made, I spoke to the winemakers, I went out into the vineyards and gradually I realised that I also love doing it,” explained Rémusz Dávid who spent some time in the USA and Germany although his heart was always pulling him back here.
In 2011 they bought the first 5-hectare plot in Rány Vineyard. Three years later we enhanced it with a further 10 hectares in Szent Mihály Vineyard. Rémusz made his first wine in 2013, some 7000 bottles – from fruits from vines just three years old. From the first moment they have been cultivating the land organically.
“The love of and respect for nature is not only in the vine cultivation and grape production, but also when only the most beautiful, hand-picked bunches reach the cellar. We do not use any additives apart from sulphur and yeast, but nothing to breakdown the enzymes. We prefer to influence the wine physically. I want to help the wine on its way so that when it goes into the bottle it will still be natural in a couple of years’ time. We grow Sárgamuskotály, Furmint, Hárslevelű and Kövérszőlő. We only use our own grapes for our wines so we can ensure complete care and attention,” said Rémusz Dávid.
“There is a wine-consuming market of great potential that is not exploited simply because people aren’t acquainted with wines. They don’t know what good wine is like. I often see that those who are not wine drinkers see the world of wine in a really mystical way. They think they don’t understand wine, but everyone can decide whether they like it or not. And that is the main point. I enjoy drinking wine – and I advise everyone to do the same – when there are 10-15 bottles open (in the fridge). I just taste them. I like it. I don’t. I choose another one. And much of it depends on my mood as to whether I enjoy it or not. But I give the opportunity to several and just observe the effect.”