Karádi-Berger Winery is a small family-owned estate. Szilvia Karádi and Zsolt Berger started to built it with just 0.5 hectares in 1999 as a hobby. Then in 2005 we bought this delightful building which is the headquoters of our winery in Erdőbénye.
We grow the traditional grape varieties of the Tokaj Wine Region, Furmint and Hárslevelu on 3 hectares in the Palandor vineyard (cru). Since 2017 we apply only biological methods it means cultivation is organic. The quantity of the clusters is limited to between 0.8 and 1.5 kg per vinestock. We do not use herbicides instead we mow the grass inder the rows.
During winemaking, we strive to bring out the values inherent in the fruit with as little intervention as possible, to show the aromas and flavors of the grape variety and the salty minerality characteristic of the volcanic soil. That is why we ferment our wines spontaneously, avoid the use of yeasts and enzymes, use only natural fining agents and try to keep the sulfur level low.
is South-facing vineyard, in the upper third of Sajgó-hegy, once called Előhegy.
This area was once owned by the Szepesi Chapter (now Spišská Kapitula in Slovakia) in 1795 it was mentioned as one of the first-class vineyards by Antal Szirmay.
It’s a typical old volcanic hill: rhyolite tufa soil mixed with clay. Due to the southern location, the grapes can be harvested here earlier than average, with an extremely good must degree. Thanks to the exposition it’s a windy rather dry vineyard, in the last few years we speyed only 3 times per year.
The wines made from Palandor are characterized by pear and quince flavors and a fine, elegant mineral saltiness.
is a village surrounded by forests and vineyards in a wonderful basin of the Tokaj Wine Region. The former market town has preserved its XIX. end of the century character. Its hilly streets, old houses, cozy gardens, strolls and bike rides tempt the visitor to carefree lounging. We were captivated by the atmosphere of this village enclosed in the mountains, which seemed very deserted at the time…(year 1999). this may seem like a contradiction, but we saw the opportunity precisely in the desolation, it seemed that once upon a time, fashionable farmers lived here, and they were attractive to the peasants even in ruins – bourgeois houses, streets running on the hillside and winding along the stream, and near Erdőbénye it was also said that here, there is a nice big cellar under every house or lot.