“The New Taste of Tradition”
“New tastes of tradition”. This is the motto of our winery that inspired the architect when he envisioned the building complex of the Haraszthy Vallejo Winery on the slopes of Öregyhegy, Etyek.
More than a winery
One of the best places for wine and food lovers and also for those who simply want to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Our winery was founded in 1996 with the wine processing plant completed in 2003. In addition to wine production we also have a great interest in gastronomy.
Our goal is to produce high-quality wines year after year and to showcase Burgundy varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir) locally. Our main grape varieties are the Irsai Olivér, Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir. We also have some Pinot Gris, Királyleányka and Zenit for cuvées.
We utilize modern techniques inspired by traditional methods to make distinctive, wines full of character.
Our winemaker, Daniel Pázmányi, takes fastidious care to ensure that only perfectly ripe, healthy grapes go into our wines. The berry phase is preceded by a rigorous selection, ensuring that only the finest, healthiest berries go through. After gently pressing the grapes, we use controlled fermentation technology for the wines.
Current production stands at 120,000 bottles a year across three families.
Haraszthy is the base wine family of four members, all made by reductive technology. These wines are light, well-structured and elegant with a common aroma, dynamism and richness.
Virtuoso wine family members are aged for between 18 months and two years in oak barrels, contributing to a full-bodied, complex flavor.
Finally, Fantástico family wines stand for the finest quality. Only the most outstanding vintages from carefully selected grapes go into making these exceptional wines. Wine from this family acquired now should be rested for at least three to five years before consumption to ensure they are enjoyed at their very best.
The name Haraszthy commemorates the great Hungarian, Agoston Haraszthy. Driven by his passion for fine-wine making, he travelled to California in the 1850s, introducing European varieties for the first time. In doing so staking his rightful claim as one of the founding-fathers of the burgeoning US wine industry.
Informed by this pioneering spirit and lust for innovation, we proudly follow his inspiration today.
Count Haraszthy and General Vallejo
The California Wine Country and California wine making of the immediate post-gold-rush period would probably have remained an informal affair had it not been for the efforts of a flamboyant Hungarian immigrant named “Count” Agoston Haraszthy. Haraszthy – considered the “Father of the California Wine Industry,” became friends with General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (Haraszthy’s two sons would marry two of Vallejo’s daughters in a grand double wedding) and the two even had a good-natured rivalry over who could produce the best wines. It was Haraszthy who started the first commercial California winery, Buena Vista, which is still in operation today near the town of Sonoma.
But perhaps Haraszthy’s most important contribution to the California wine country was his introduction of European wine grapes, replacing the old mission grapes.
Once the local wine grape growers and winemakers got their hands on the fine European wine grapes, the California wine industry grew quickly and the California wine country was born. Throughout the late 1800’s the number of acres dedicated to wine grape cultivation in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley grew steadily as California Wines began to gain a reputation for the highest quality around the world. Accepting a commission from the governor of California, Haraszthy traveled to Europe and collected thousands of vine cuttings from about 300 European varietals and brought them back to be planted in the Sonoma and Napa wine country.