Grape growing and winemaking skills have been handed down from generation to generation in the Mittl family. The parents initially cultivated 3 hectares of land have been gradually expanded to 9 hectares. After closing their two traditional cellars in 2005, they moved to a new premises where the full cross-section of wine production is represented ranging from traditional techniques to novel technologies employing reductive procedures. In 2006, their Blaufrankish and Zweigelt have won three medals: a gold medal at the wine contests in Kőszeg and Budafok, and a silver medal in Eger.
Ildikó Komlenecz: How did you start?
András Mittl: The wine-growing looks back on a long past in our family. Two years ago we looked for how to continue this tradition. We had two choices: we cut out or sold the vineyard or develop the farm. We selected the latter one.
IK: What did you need for it?
Anita Mittl: First of all: courage and some smartness. We were able to apply for subsidy for grape-planting, machine-buying.
IK: How many hectare did you plant?
Mr. Mittl: We plant 5 new hectares in Vaskeresztes. Now we are having a 9 hectares farm.
IK: I heard you had a high amounting investment last year.
Mrs. Mittl: Yes, last year we built a bottler- and processing plant. We have modern plastic and metal tanks.
IK: What type of wine do you make?
Mrs. Mittl: We vintage mainly Kékfrankos, but we plant Merlot and Zweigelt, too.
IK: I noticed that you, Anita answer my professional questions. How’s that?
Mrs. Mittl: Outside of the harvest, stalking and atomizing, all tasks are my responsibility, so namly I make the wine.
IK: Really? Did you learn how to make wine? You are so young!
Mrs. Mittl: Originally, I’m an accountant. But when I married to András, I got into this wine-grower family. So I started to learn this new trade. I finished the wine-grower and ampelology school 5 years ago.
IK: Have you good sense of wines?
Mr. Mittl: Yes, of course! We have evidence: in 2006. our Kékfrankos and Zweigelt won gold medals on the region wine competition.
IK: Where do you sell your wines?
Mr. Mittl: We sell our wines through a wine warehouse for wine shops, restaurants in Vas and the neighbouring Zala County.
Mrs. Mittl: And we organize wine-tastings and – presentations in our cellar.
IK: What are your future plans?
Mr. Mittl: We are planning to join in wine tourism, appear in the international market and enlarge our farm. But now we are concentrating only one thing: our bottled Kékfrankos from 2004. will be placed on market in two weeks.
IK: Thank you very much for the interview. I hope your efforts will be crowned with success!
Address: 9795 Vaskeresztes, Fő u. 19.
Tel.: 20/524-2466, 94/351-182, 94/351-107
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