Patricius Winery was created by the Kékessy family’s commitment to winemaking that draws from the past and future. The owners are Dezső Kékessy and his daughter Katinka Kékessy. Ancestors on both the paternal and maternal sides were renowned vineyard owners in Mátraalja and the Tokaj Wine Region from the 18th century.
Construction of the Patricius estate started in the early 2000s in Várhegy-dűlő, Bodrogkisfalud. Estate director Péter Molnár, who already knew as a small child that this would be his profession, is linked to nature by a thousand strands.
“I grew up as a country boy in a small village. Nature was one of my basic needs and when I came to choose my career, I knew that I would only be happy in life if my work was linked to nature. I chose the University of Horticulture, and within that grape cultivation and winemaking. The Tokaj Wine Region was not unfamiliar to me as I had worked in the Research Institute for Viticulture and Oenology in Tarcal in 1993, then I met my wife and the region drew me in and so did the profession,” said Péter Molnár.
An important part of the winery’s philosophy is high regard for the wine region’s traditions. They know that their ancestors had achieved much, and they also know that these traditions need to be revived and passed on. “Tokaj is like a positive Bermuda Triangle: whoever comes here once, as a wine lover or a wine judge, will find that somehow the region gets under their skin. So much so that they have to come back time and time again. This wine region offers amazing opportunities. Tokaj is only partly about the grape varieties. The real magic comes from the traditions. Of course, the varieties are really important and so the whole forms the whole, a working system,” said the winemaker who also sees it as very important that, as well as making wine, they also play an active role in organising the cultural life of the wine region.
“Tradition, value, uniqueness, balance – these express the mission of Patricius Winery, naturalness conveys the wines. A beautiful terroir character shines through all our wines. You can feel the minerality typical of Tokaj, body, fullness of flavour, fruitiness, long finish and also the reflection of the varieties too.” Péter Molnár admitted he enjoys opening an estate Furmint or Sárgamuskotály on a hot summer evening. But if he’s cooking, then he loves to reach for a fuller bodied wine – and naturally he gladly sips a glass of Aszú.