The Szarvas Terroir is set on the southern slopes of Tokaj Hill on a perfectly south-facing slope, which helps retain the early morning mist arriving from the Tisza and Bodrog rivers in the autumn months.
The vineyard is one of the best vine-growing areas in the entire wine region, and one of two terroirs classified as “above first class” in 1737, a designation assigned to croplands of outstanding quality. For many years it was owned by the famous Rákóczi family, before passing into the ownership of the Hapsburg Empire in 1715, and then of the Kingdom of Hungary until 1918.
Heat is easily absorbed by the loess soil structure of the terroir, allowing a longer than average growing season. The vine rows run from hilltop to valley, with the length of the rows varying depending on the angle of the slope to help minimise erosion.
Vines are typically cordon-trained at medium height. A high vine-stock density permits moderate vine yields, essential for the production of wines of excellent value and quality. An outstanding microclimate particularly promotes botrytisation.