WASSMANN winery is located in the Villány-Siklós region of Hungary. 1998 The project began in 1998 when Ralf Wassmann and Susann Hanauer bought a farm built in the style of the Swabian settlers and some vineyard land: a south-facing plot of Chardonnay and Olaszriesling vines which was interspersed with almond and peach trees (promiscuous culture) and another adjacent one planted with Portugieser. They made their first wines in 2002 [check]. In 2004 the couple leased half a hectare of Merlot, as well as Kékfrankos, Portugieser and Italian Riesling, and purchased another plot on which they planted Kékfrankos. In 2006 they produced their first Villány organic wine made from Portugieser. In 2007 they purchased more land for organic grape production. In 2008 they founded their on EU-compliant import company, based in Germany (Weinhandlung Ralf Wassmann, Wulften). 2009 We started to offer advice to other wine-growers interested in changing to organic production. 2011 We became the second Hungarian wine producers to receive the status ‘converting to DEMETER’. 2012 Our grape harvest was certified as DEMETER.
PEOPLE Ralf grew up in the western Harz region of Germany where he made wine from cherries, rosehips and gooseberries, in the absence of grapes. He later studied the science of wine-growing and beverage technology. Susann studied law in Tübingen and Heidelberg and having worked in the legal profession marketed Bordeaux wines in Germany. Since 2010 the couple have been advising other wine growers seeking to go organic.
VINEYARDS South-facing vineyards within the boundaries of Siklós in the Villány wine-region. 2 hectares (4.9 acres) of Olaszriszling (Welschriesling in German) and Chardonnay for white wine and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kékfrankos (Lemberger or Blaufränkisch in German), Portugieser and Merlot for red.
CERTIFICATION 2006+ Full organic certification (the first in Villány). 2012+ Full Demeter biodynamic certification (the first in Villány).
WINERY The cellar is situated in Pécsdevecser, a small village about 9 miles (15 km) north of Villány itself.
WELSCHRIESLING 2014 12.5%. 24ppm TSO2. 1,000 bottles. Wildish, creamy (in Serbia Dec 2017).
CABERNET FRANC 2014 Planted 2007. French oak. Lovely fruit (in Serbia Dec 2017).
KÉKFRANKOS VILLÁNY 2014 Aged in used barrels which shows, nice fruit beneath (in Serbia Dec 2017).