Producer wine
Reka Koncz

COUNTRY :
Hungary

REGION :
Northern Great Plain

PRODUCTION :

Photography by Tilo Wiedensohler

Annamária Réka Koncz had her winemaking academic start with a degree in Horticultural Engineering in Hungary and then a Masters in Agriculture, specializing in microbiology and yeast evaluation in Denmark. After graduating, she spent years traveling and working across wineries in Slovenia, Italy, and France, when she realized it was her home in Hungary that she was meant to plant real roots. Upon her return, she immediately purchased 3 hectares of old vines in the northeast village of Barabás, which is technically a part of the Bükk region. Since her first release in 2016, she’s the only producer in this once highly regarded but since forgotten region of Hungary.

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CUVÉES
Wine

“Liner Notes”

Region: Barabás
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Kekfrankos
Vineyard: in Mátra (Nagyréde wine district)
Soil: volcanic andesite base, brown forest and clay topsoil
Average Age of Vines: 12-15 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: gentle crush of the bunches, fermentation in closed container for 5 days, then moved to plastic and fiberglass. bottled with 1.5 bars of pressure.
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: minimal

Wine

“Disorder F”

Region: Barabás
Grape: Furmint
Vineyard: Hintós, Dancka, and Betsek vineyards farmed by Annamaria’s collaboration partner in Mád (Tokaj wine disctrict)
Soil: volcanic andesite, rhyolite base, brown forest and clay topsoil
Average Age of Vines: 20-30 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 50% of grapes macerated in layers of whole clusters and de-stemmed grapes for 2 weeks, fermentation finished in fiberglass tank. other 50% machine de-stemmed and direct pressed in a basket press, fermented in clayver amphoras and flextank eggs. two fermentations blended in summer.
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: minimal

Wine

Disorder 12

Region:  Barabás
Grape:  Furmint
Vineyard Size:
Soil:  Loam, volcanic rhyolite, clay
Average Age of Vines: 30 years

Farming: Organic
Harvest:  By hand

Winemaking:  Half destemmed, direct press into 400L clayver amphora, half macerated in an open vat, basket press into 400L clayver amphora.
Fining:  none
Filtration: none

Added Added S02: none

Wine

Disorder 4

Region:  Barabás
Grape:  Furmint
Vineyard Size:
Soil:  Loam, volcanic rhyolite
Average Age of Vines:  20-30 years
Farming: Organic
Harvest:  By hand

Winemaking:  Half whole cluster, half hand destemmed. Fermented separately.
Fining:  none
Filtration: none

Added Added S02: none

Wine

“Freiluftkino”

Region: Barabás
Grape: Királyleányka, Hárslevelü, Riesling, Furmint
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: volcanic
Average Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2019 base wine, spontaneous fermentation with 2020 grape must in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 

Wine

“A Change of Heart”

Region: Mátra
Grape: Kékfrankos
Vineyard: 12-15 year old vines in the Nagyréde wine district, grapes purchased from collaboration partner volcanic andesite
Soil: volcanic
Average Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 50% of production gently crushed bunches, maceration of 4-5 days, fermentation in plastic and fiberglass. Other 50% macerates in a mix of crushed and destemmed berries, layered with whole uncrushed berries for 14 days. basket press before blending.
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: minimal

Wine

“Robin” Pet Nat

Region: Barabás, Tokaj
Grape: 2022 – Királyleányka, Furmint 2021 – Királyleányka, Hárslevelü, Riesling, Furmint
Vineyard: 45-50 year vines in Barabás, volcanic rhyolite with clay-loam top soil. 15 year vines in Mád from collaboration partner, andesite and rhyolite tuff, brown forest soil and clay.
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Királyleányka destemmed, direct press into fiberglass. Furmint macerated on skins 4-5 days, slow press in basket press. blended after maceration finished, hand disgorged fall 2023
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Óra”

Region: Tokaj, Barabás
Grape: Királyleányka (mostly), Rhine Riesling, Hárslevelü, Furmint
Vineyard: Királyleányka, Rhine Riesling and Hárslevelü — in Barabás, old vines planted in the 70’s, volcanic rhyolite base soil, clay, loam topsoil, picked together as a field blend. Furmint — in Mád in Tokaj, from collaboration partner, Hintós and Dancka vineyards, 20-30 year old vines, volcanic andesite and rhyolite tuff.
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2022 – field blend partly whole cluster fermentation  in egg shaped fermenter, partly destemmed maceration for 5 days in harvest containers, punch downs, basket press, fermentation finished in fiberglass. Furmint destemmed, 2 weeks on the skins, punch downs, basket press. 2021 – 5 day maceration in open casks, destemmed, fermentation in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 

Wine

“(In) Return”

Region: Barabás
Grape: Királyleányka, Rhine Riesling
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: volcanic
Average Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, 24 hour maceration, spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in stainless steel, sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 

Wine

“Pretty.Cold”

Region: Barabás
Grape: Királyleányka, Hárslevelü, Rhine Riesling, Furmint
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: volcanic
Average Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 

Wine

“Eastern Accents”

Region: Mátra
Grape: 2022 – Hárslevelű, Furmint 2021 – Hárslevelü, Királyleányka
Vineyard: fruit purchased from another certified organic producer
Soil: volcanic andesite base soil with brown forest topsoil.
Average Age of Vines: 12-15 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2022 – Hárslevelű mix of whole cluster and lightly crushed bunches, 2 week fermentation. Furmint mix of direct press and 1 week on skins.   2021 – 5 day maceration of Hárslevelü, destemmed, semi-carbonic maceration of Királyleányka, fermentation in stainless steel
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: minimal

Wine

“The Wizard”

Region: Barabás
Grape: Királyleányka, Rhine Riesling, Hárslevelü, Furmint
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: volcanic
Average Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 24 hour maceration in open casks, destemmed, spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: