Grapes harvested & fermentation started in new winery
The 29th of October we harvested our last grapes, which
is one of the latest vintages we have experienced. There
was some 10 to 20 % of high class botrytis, which we
used in our basic juices to broaden their character. From
our best vineyard locations we opted for the rare chance to
produce truly classic wines, and this
fantastic opportunity we don't want to disturb with
botrytis. The acidity for all wines will end up around 7
grams per liter and the alcohol as usual for our rich
style will approach 14 %. The character we believe will
recall 2010 Recept and 2010 The Stamp, but better.
The 2013 vintage harvest is surely approaching
Today is the 16th of October, and tomorrow we start
harvesting Rhine Riesling. The vintage has been cold,
apart from 3 weeks heat wave during the wine weeks
festival. Consequently the grape sugar is moderate and
the acidity is high, creating a 'classic' vintage. By
delaying the harvest as much as possible, we let the
acidity soften, and the grapes develops some tasty
botrytis. For us this vintage reminds about 2010 but
much better :- )
Villa Sandahl again being target for insane vandalism
release] 200 vines have been cut off in the Solitude
vineyard in the heart of the Badacsony slope. These
insane criminals will again face anger from more than 99
% of the Hungarian people. That we have understood from
the overwhelming support we got from Hungarian people
after the first vandalism.
The great Villa Sandahl success is built on sound
entrepreneurship, that doesn't include bribing,
blackmailing, threats or anything illegal at all and,
consequently, we become impossible to be affected by
This crime is not only a sad abuse to one of the
treasure vineyards of Hungary, it also brings other sad
implications. At last vandalism, we were contacted by
the economy magazine Financial Times. Their journalists
are continuously writing articles about projects and
trading in different countries and considered if they
should recommend avoiding investments in Hungary. On our
advice they didn’t write this, but it shows how
important it is for all of us to fight this kind of
This is the second time the very same vineyard is
vandalized. By now our patience is challenged, since we
can not see the connection between us, the criminals and
this particular vineyard. The crime is repor-ted to the
police, and we hope these losers will be caught and
brought into the light.
our 2012 wines
We have now finalized our five different 2012 wines,
four Rhine Rieslings and one Olasz Riesling. For details
about them see the
2012 submenu. The two 2012 top wines we believe are
the best wines we ever have made.
Finally an own Villa Sandahl winery
In order to strengthen our independence and control over
our wine production, we have now moved into a house that
we rent for long term and have prepared the storage
part. We are very happy for this and await an excited 2013
harvest and winemaking.
2013 Badacsony wine weeks (borhetek)
We encounter a significant interest in our wines at the
Badacsony wine weeks. Many greetings from our stand.
appointed 2nd best winery in the Balaton area
The serious Hungarian culinary magazine 'Mayor Konyha'
(Hungary kitchen) has appointed Villa Sandahl to be the
2nd best vinery in the Balaton area, second only to
Légli. We are very glad to be
recognized also from the food point of view. Click
picture to enlarge diploma.
for the Swedish market Now the spring has arrived to Sweden, and we have
almost summer temperatures. To promote sale on this
market an email
newsletter number 13 (half English and half Swedish)
has been sent out. The Decanter and Bormustra medals
were shown, and the Swedish wine association
Munskänkarna has judged our wines in their member
Sandahl 2013 Decanter medals
Last year we received a Decanter gold medal for the 2010
Rhine Riesling The Stamp. We are happy being awarded
another gold medal from
now for the
2011 Rhine Riesling Magic Rain. Like last year's
2010 Rhine Riesling Recept, we also fetched a silver
2011 Rhine Riesling Cappuccino Oil. As Hungarian
producers, we are happy to receive so much international
2011 Riesling wines among
top-15 at Pannon Bormustra Pannon Bormustra awarded both our Rhine Rieslings
Magic Rain and Cappuccino Oil to be amongst their
top 15 judged dry white wines. To get positioned between
such celebrities as Oremus and Demeter is encouraging.
wine tastings and post box
We are very glad that VinCE, the Decanter counterpart in
Magic Rain 16.6 points, which is four stars out of
five, in their Riesling tasting. By this judgment, it
was the best Riesling from Hungary. The Olasz Rizling
Give Me Five
got 16.3 points and also four stars in their new
releases tasting. Unfortunately it is sold out by us.
VinCE also have published a
from their post box. Click
the links for articles in Hungarian.
Fermenting the 2012 vintage approaching completion The
2012 vintage has been a bit hard to ferment and thus has
taken almost 5 moths. We ferment at ultra low
temperature, starting at 6 oC and never
exceeding 14 oC. Click
here or on left graph to retrieve an enlarged
See you at Boscolo New York Palace in Budapest
Sandahl will join the wine exhibition at the Boscolo
Hotel in Budapest the 20th of March. Many Badacsony
producers will be there in person to show and explain
their products. Very welcome to our stand.
Invitation in Hungarian, click here.
Villa Sandahl wish Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012
has been an extremely memorable year, our new 2011 wines
made big impact but sadly we also had a vineyard
sabotage. Our Christmas card is as usually out of the
box, click on the
picture for high resolution.
Newsletter 12 (12-12-12)
A newsletter for the Christmas is now released. The
paper Sydsvenskan and the winefinder blog has given
Villa Sandahl high scores,
click here to read.
Challenging ultra early 2012 harvest
Villa Sandahl has now harvested almost 15 ton Riesling, whereof about
4 ton Olasz. The harvest was difficult, because the
accelerated ripening caused the grapes to accumulate
sugar much faster then overcoming their green and bitter
The Villa Sandahl cure :
- Risk waiting for optimal ripeness with restrictions of
potential alcohol getting too high or acidity getting
- Apply a severe pressing declassification, to eliminate
this vintage character of greenness and bitterness
Villa Sandahl wines available in all Bortársaság
desktop wallpapers and high resolution photos
Be aware that our labels can be downloaded as Windows
desktop wallpapers for most screen resolutions, see
Vintage 2010 and
menus. We also have high resolutions photos and
presentations to be downloaded, see
Villa Sandahl and Bakó Ambrus being highly praised by
Villa Sandahl is amazed over making such strong impact on the
former wine blogger Csaba Jónás, now writing for Gault
Millau. He has visited Badacsony and did tast a handful of
Bakó Ambrus' own wines and yet another handful of Villa Sandahl's
wines. You simply must
click here to read his very personal and knowledgeable
article on the Hungarian Gault Millau web site.
Click here to read an English
translation. A comment is that Villa Sandahl has own
winemaking methods and management, which can be seen as
an upscale of Bakó Ambrus methods, which then perfectly
match each other.
[Press release] Vandalistic crime to worldclass value national
Villa Sandahl has been awarded many gold medals from top
international wine competitions, and thereby created a
lot of good recognition for Badacsony and its world
However, yesterday was a day of sorrow for Badacsony and
the whole Hungary. Sadly we have to announce that one
0.6 ha Badacsony premium vineyard, cultivated by Villa
Sandahl and owned by local wine producers, has been
damaged very severely by pitiful criminals, cutting off
all new sprouts from 1500 vines of 30 years age at 20 cm
The deed is reported to the police for further
investigation of the crime.
For us it is simply disgusting how anybody intentionally
in this way, is capable of destroying one of the best
vineyards in the world ! This is exactly as terrible as
if it has happened in Alsace or Wachau, and then it
would certainly be broadcasted as shocking world news.
Blue nets in place to protect grapes against birds
Near the lake Balaton huge swarms of starlings are
attacking the vineyards to get a luxury meal from world
class material. Sadly for the birds, they leave the nets
with hunger, but luckily they dare not come close enough
to get fasten.
Villa Sandahl presented by the Hungary television
Villa Sandahl is happy to draw recognition by the
Hungarian television. In their summer program from the
Balaton lake, we had the opportunity to briefly explain
our selves, why Hungary, our visions in Badacsony and to
show a couple of our wines.
Click here to see the clip (41 MB wmv).
to Villa Sandahl in Badacsony
During the Badacsony wine weeks, from the 14th to 29th
of July, we will sell our wines from a small chalet in
the centre of the village. This is our second year, now
with a more complete wine portfolio, containing 9 wines
ranging from 2006 to 2011. It will be a pleasure for us
to receive you and present our remarkable journey
through these years.
Rizling Day in Buda Castle
To celebrate the most beloved grape variety of Hungary,
we will show our 'Give me five' in the first Olasz Rizling Day
to be held in Magyar
Borok Háza (Buda Castle, Szentháromság tér 6., H-1014
Budapest, Hungary) the 12th June, 2012, at 14:00. Free
entry for members of the wine trade.
Now we have bottled our 2011 wines:
- Cappuccino Oil
- Give me five
- Magic rain
Release in July :)
about the medal rain
To inform all our customers, suppliers and other parties
about our medal success during this spring, we have
released a newsletter in three languages -
Swedish. Obtain them by clicking on desired
language. In Sweden we have a continuous sale, but in
other countries we search for representation.
gold and silver medals to Villa Sandahl
Sandahl 2010 'the Stamp' is the only dry white Hungarian
wine awarded a gold medal. We are extremely proud that
Villa Sandahl now reach one vision to be among the top
Hungarian wine producers.
Sandahl gets five VinCE stars out of five possible
The VinCE magazine recently held a Bala-ton wine
competition at Chateau Visz. Both Sandahl 2010 'the
Stamp' and 'Recept' were awarded five stars (similar to
18 - 20 points out of 20 possible.)
Sandahl one of the 15 top white wines at Pannon wine
Pannon Wine Challenge being one of the most serious
wine competitions in Hungary, judged 2010 The Stamp from
Villa Sandahl as
one of the 15 top white wines at their 13th wine
completion. We are proud that medals keep raining.
Villa Sandahl awarded in France with
2 gold medals Now there is no doubt about the unique high quality
of Sandahl 2010 wines 'Recept' and 'the Stamp'. We
two gold medals (the only 2 medals awarded to
Les Grands Concours du monde, one of the most
prestigious competitions in the world. In the winner
list we are inter-mixed with world producers such as
Gustave Lorentz, Pierre Sparr och Basserman-Jordan. We
work very hard to conquer the world and to bring
Badacsony back to its former glory.
Newsletter for the Swedish market
A newsletter in Swedish is distributed to all Sandahl
wine friends, mainly announcing the wines to be
obtainable by private persons from Systembolaget and by
restaurants from BonaVite. Click
this direct link for web letter or click
this link for pdf format.
Sandahl now available at Systembolaget The Swedish monopoly has made their sale procedures
more consumer friendly.
Our wines can further be found and easily bought,
click here see our wines on
transportation in Sweden Wine distribution to System-bolaget and restaurants
will be handled by DB Schenker Sverige.
Import and sale of our wines to Systembolaget and to
restaurants will be handled by Sandahl International AB.
Sandahl exhibits in New York Palace (Boscolo Hotel)
This exhibition was very successful for us. Many
shops and restaurant people was praising and cheering us
when tasting our 2008, 2010 and 2011 wines. Later a lot
of private people were also astonished over the high
quality of our wines.
Wine professionals visiting Villa Sandahl in
our wines at
Borház It is a pleasure to announce that yet another
Budapest shop now sell our wines. This shop has
specialized on distinguished wines from all over the
world, not necessary the most expensive, but merely
having outstanding price-performance ratio.
Sandahl new vine-yards getting renovated
2.4 ha of Solitude and Bishop Backyard Rhine Riesling
vineyards are having their vines cut down and bound to a
new modern trellis system for efficient future
Villa Sandahl promotes at New York Palace in Budapest
Villa Sandahl will present their highly appreciated
2010 wines together with samples from the new 2011 wines
(including Olasz Rizling), not being inferior in quality
:- ). For the program see the invitation below. Click at
it to see the full invitation, or go to
Sandahl participate at Borjour Magnum
Villa Sandahl will be present at the Borjour Magnum
exhibition in Budapest the 18th of February between
16:00 -21:30. More than 120 wineries with over 300 wines
will be presented. Click on picture to enlarge. Very
welcome to us !
Please also use the Google Map below, to easy navigate
to all restaurants and shops offering our wines.
How to obtain Villa Sandahl Wines in
Click on the map below to see on Google maps where to
find Villa Sandahl wines in Hungary.
Villa Sandahl wines are now on the shelves in the
fantastic wine shop
located close to the center of Keszthely.
The owner Pampetrics György (to the left in picture) is a truly skilled
and passionate wine lover, and he especially likes wines
to be bottle mature. He sells from a storage of more
than 1800 different wines.
Sandahl now available in Gödöllő. The fine bakery and delicatessen shop
Rádi Pékség és Delikátesz,
located in Gödöllő, a town 20 minutes east of
Budapest, is now selling Villa Sandahl wines.
Genesis Vineyard Rhine Riesling
harvest and pressing
The whole 2011 growth season is the driest in records
(as was 2010 autumn the wettest). The grape skin is thick with
sharp tannins and the grapes don't taste fully ripe due
to drought stress. The 7th of October our vineyards get
a full day of 'magic rain', followed by 10 sunny days
with cold nights, which make the tannins soften up
without the grapes being diluted. At the 17th of October
we harvested 8 tons of glorious raw material, with
enough acidity and sugar.
Regina Papp, and Anikó Kada, co-editor & sales, of web
and Szaraz Istvan, internet
visit Villa Sandahl for a vineyard tour and tasting.
Prominent professionals visit Villa
Sandahl, from left:
- Varga Dániel Gergely,Baldaszti's
,with fiancée Dóra
- Peller Ágnes,
- Pongrácz Péter, chief sommelier
- Soós Katalin, wine broker Budapest, Villa Sandahl
- Bakó Ambrus, wine maker, Villa Sandahl
- Romhányi Mónika,
- Christer Sandahl, quality manager part owner, Villa
- Sipos Tamás,
We are proud to get such overwhelming recognition for
our wine operation, which will encourage us a lot to
The Villa Sandahl core team at Costes in Budapest
A party for the passionate core team of Villa Sandahl is
held in Costes restaurant in Budapest. The peak of the
evening is to 'buy back' a 2010 Rhine Riesling 'Recept'
for 17 000 Ft and compare with a 2007 Szepsy Furmint
Urbán at 25 000 Ft, these two being Costes most
expensive white dry wines. The outcome is that one
challenge still remains.
Villa Sandahl exhibit at Borjour in Baudapest
the nice restaurant 'Manna' in Budapest, wine tasting
exhibitions called 'borjour'
are arranged frequently. The visitors can mingle in a
relaxed atmosphere and taste with some food. 2008 Silver
Line was voted very good by the visitors.
Villa Sandahl Olasz Rizling From the newly acquired vineyard 'Earl Ridge', 4000
kg Olasz Rizling was picked in end of September. This
very appreciated grape in Hungary, does resemble some
Rhine Riesling character, but the varieties are not
closely related. The whole season has been hot an torrid
so grapes were picket with a modest level of acidity and
good level of sugar. The press juice quality was
Villa Sandahl tour and Swedish delicatessen dinner
It was a pleasure for Villa Sandahl to receive bloggers
and media people from Budapest, and the BonVino
management from Badacsony, for a wine producing seminar
of all possible aspects, followed by a tasting with
'croque monsieur' at Villa Sandahl
croque monsieur visited us on a wine tasting with
dinner, and we talked much about Villa Sandahl being out
of the box. Visit the blog 'out
of the box' which also contains some pictures from
the Káptalantóti market.
Buy Villa Sandahl wines in centre of Budapest
wine shop in the absolute centre of Budapest, at the
Pest side. The shop offer a selection of inspiring high
quality wines. The shop also offers tastings and wine
Villa Sandahl wines available at BonVino in Badacsony
new built hotel
in centre of Badacsony, now offers Villa Sandahl wines.
BonVino is a fresh and modern hotel, with comfortable
rooms, a splendid spa and gastronomic restaurant.
Villa Sandahl wines available at Costes Restaurant Costes Restaurant in Budapest was the second restaurant
in Eastern Europe to capture a Michelin star
in March 2010. We are very glad to announce, that from
September 2011 they have our three best wines on
wine menu. The Costes management were thrilled by our
high quality, and that fact do certainly place Villa
Sandahl among the best wine producers in Hungary.
New Villa Sandahl label design
From the 2010 vintage Villa Sandahl has changed their
label graphic design. Every vintage and vineyard will
from now on have a unique label. The 2010 labels can be
downloaded for desktop backgrounds, see information
about 2010 vintage.
Villa Sandahl was present on the two Badacsony wine
weeks in the end of July 2011. We made a substantial
impact on locals and official repre-sentatives, and were
very successful with selling our high quality wines with
Sandahl Newsletter number 8
The newsletter number 8 is now broadcasted to all
Villa Sandahl fans. The biggest news is that Villa
Sandahl wines are now available at a internet web shop
for the Swedish market, see below.
sale in Sweden
We are glad to announce that Villa Sandahl wines now are
available in Sweden at the internet web shop
WineFinder. This is one of the most serious wine
shops for the Swedish market, offering almost one
thousand of carefully selected wines in all price
levels. Already now our 2008 Rhine Rieslings are in
stock, and more wines will gradually be offered from our
to find our wines on WineFinder.
Villa Sandahl vineyards
Names in English and Hungarian are now assigned to all
Villa Sandahl vineyards. From 2010 Villa Sandahl will
instead of Golden and Silver Line, bottle the 'Golden'
wines from each separate vineyard, and 'Silver'
wines as vineyard blends.
(Click on below picture to download better resolution or
click here to go to Google maps for online maps of
Medals from the Badacsony Hill
Villa Sandahl is proud to receive 1 gold, 4 silver and 1
bronze medal for their current portfolio.
- Gold medal:
2008 Rhine Riesling Silver
- Silver medal:
2008 Rhine Riesling Golden Line
2007 Pinot Gris Golden Line
2010 Rhine Riesling Golden Line
2009 Rhine Riesling Silver Line
- Bronze medal:
2010 Rhine Riesling Silver Line
Decanter medals 2011
Villa Sandahl has again been awarded medals from the
presti-gious international wine maga-zine Decanter (click
here and fill in 'Sandahl' in the 'Search by Producer'
field). The 2008 Rhine Riesling Golden Line now took
a bronze, and Silver Line a com-mended medal. Strangely the opposite happened
last year, that the Silver Line got
the better medal. Anyway, this confirms that Villa
Sandahl Golden Line has the better long term capacity
for bottle ageing.
suit is currently
For continuing to increase the wine quality from even
more vineyards then before and to open new markets in
the same pace, Villa Sandahl now undertakes
extraordinary measures, such as:
- Moving from Cezar to Bazaltbor.
- Advance to more sophisticated wine making.
- Be more exposed on domestic and EU markets.
- Extending internet sale to northern Europe.
This will of course take some time to realize. As you maybe have
recognised, we are not longer part of Cezar web shop,
but Sandahl International AB is urgently implementing an
own internet sale system. We will release a newsletter
to inform you as soon as anything is ready for you...
Villa Sandahl acquires
premium vineyards in Badacsony
Thord, Christer and Gunnel Sandahl has acquired 5,7 ha of
premium vineyards (options up to 6,6 ha) from Huba and Lásló
Szeremly. Together with Zsuzsanna vineyard this land
makes almost 10 ha, which makes Villa Sandahl to the
of Badacsony premium vineyards. Szeremley, Laposa and Sandahl
are now in an excellent position of restoring the Badacsony
reputation to the heights it truly do deserve.
nr 7 now issued To promote Christmas spirit by one of the best wines
from Badacsony and one of the best Rieslings from Hungary,
we now advice our wine lovers to fill their cellars in time.
The newsletter is also available for your
web browser (click here).
We are proud that Múzeum
Kávéház és Étterem now offer 2008 Villa Sandahl
Rhine Riesling on their wine list. This Budapest restaurant
is famous for their traditional quality Hungarian dishes.
The managing director Budai
Zoltán provided us a memorable evening.
the 2010 vintage
To celebrate the successful harvest and all night pressings,
we went to Restaurant Gundel at Saturday evening. Chief
sommelier Fabók Mihály is always glad to serve a bottle
Villa Sandahl Rhine Riesling. We tried the Tribute Menu
which was quite excellent, be it somewhat extra-vagant and
expensive. The gourmet menu is more price worthy.
Our pressing schematic and juice press
fractions This vintage we have extended the pressure schematic
duration. Since we only harvest ripe fruit, we can also
extract harder without risk to increase bitterness. The
longer extraction did fit very well to the botrytis vintage.
The picture show the clear premium juice fraction to the
right and the cloudy second juice to the left.
Thursday the 14th of Octo-ber 7705 kg Rhine Riesling was
harvested. 10 % of the grapes had botrytis like the picture.
No grey rot was evident so the entire grapes could be harvested
and pressed. The general quality was quite excellent and
the botrytis will improve the wine. The Pinot Gris harvest
of around 4000 kg was sold.
Wettest and coldest
autumn within memory
In 2010, the August and September months was the wet-test
since long. During these 2 months, it was falling 307 mm,
which normally equals half a year of rain in this area.
Decanter October 2010
issue, page 190 (Silver Medal) Ł = under
10 Ł, C = Ł 7 - Ł 9,99
When changing winery to Bazaltbor, there is a natural opportunity
also implement new plans and possible improvements. Villa
Sandahl has consequently visited their indispensable
oenology consultant Fabien Stirn (with his wife at left
photo), in order to thoroughly discuss and prioritize
what is appropriate to realize for
the approaching vintage 2010.
LONG-TERM MUTUAL AGREEMENT WITH BAZALTBOR
summer 2010, Villa Sandahl signed a long term cooperation
with Bazaltbor Kft. Together we will develop our winemaking
skill, trying to take back Badacsony to the world-class
wine it once was. In the picture to the right, we hand over
our extensive manual to the director Laposa Bence.
BAZALTBOR WINERY (WITH VILLA SANDAHL
BEHIND) The Bazaltbor winery is a
new top modern plant, located a stone’s throw from Villa
Sandahl. It is one of best wineries
in Hungary, with competent staff
on the same high level.
Business with key economy details, and all operations for
strategy, cultivation and winemaking is now documented by
Villa Sandahl in a 90 page manual. This
is primarily for ensuring that there is a common understanding
of quality and operation within the Villa Sandahl team.
It give us a competitive edge, and thus it is strictly confidential.
Sorry, no sharing.
Villa Sandahls has released their 6th newsletter mainly
to announce two medals awarded from
The newsletter is a
Swedish version for domestic market, and two international
friend network and
retailers. Feel free to download and spread them.
2010 PRESTIGIOUS MEDALS Two medals from
Decanter World Wine Awards consolidate the international
breakthrough for Villa Sandahl. 2008 Rhine Riesling Silver
Medal was awarded bronze and the Golden Line a Commended
POLES AND BINDING SYSTEM The binding system in Zsuzsanna vineyard is modernized
from being the typical Hungarian tradition (2 meter vine
trunk with 1 meter horizontal arm) to a more widely used
cordon "umbrella" system allowing machine green work. The
acacia poles are replaced by pressure-creosoted poles approved
for agricultural usage.
No 5 Villa Sandahl has released their 5th newsletter to announce
the Riesling du Monde silver medal. It is a
Swedish version to support the domestic market and an
international version for abroad friends. Please feel
free to download
and to spread it to your friends.
RIESLING DU MONDE
2010 PRESTIGIOUS SILVER MEDAL It
is a breakthrough for Villa Sandahl to rub shoulders with
this exclusive group of medal winners, see the
medal list. The
Riesling du Monde price is probably the world's most
re-putable for a Riesling producer like Villa Sandahl The
silver medal was assigned to the 2008 Rhine Riesling Silver
Line, because it is more forward at the moment than the
VILLA SANDAHL AVAILABLE
AT TOFTAHOLM HERRGĹRD If you are travelling along E4 in southern Sweden, in
the Värnamo area you can find
Herrgĺrd some 7 km from the road. The 2008 Rhine Riesling
Golden Line is chosen their wine of the month of March 2010.
SANDAHL REPRESENTED ON RESTAURANT GUNDEL
are immensely proud to have get our 2008 Rhine Riesling
Golden Line into the wine list
Gundel Restaurant. Gundel
is the most prestigious restaurant in Budapest, (have the
highest Michelin mark in Hungary,
four red crossed forks & spoons, and is comparable to
Operakällaren in Stockholm). Their knowledgeable head
sommelier Fabók Mihály judge it to be
a "great Riesling" and offers it at 8900 Forint (€ 33) per
bottle. Consequently we hope our wine can raise the
Gundel excellent dishes to new levels.
PINOT GRIS AND RIESLING HARVESTED
The 10th of September the
Pinot Gris was harvested.
Without any warning a thunderstorm broke out, and some panic
occurred. The box stock was quickly covered and some wet
boxes were replaced with dry, resulting in no damage.
The Rhine Riesling was
harvested the 15th of October without any big problems.
ZEUS TO RIESLING
As time pass, Villa Sandahl gets more and more convinced
that Rhine Riesling is the grape to concentrate on. Riesling
ripens perfect in Zsuzsanna vineyard every year just before
it go to rest in the late autumn. Zeus gives an bigger abundance
of sweet grapes, but has less character. i.e. quite the
opposite to Riesling. By engraft the Zeus the 25 year Zeus
root is saved and harvest can be done from "old vines" within
a couple of years.
SILVER MEDAL TO VILLA SANDAHL The Badacsony wine region has during June tasted wines
from the whole Badacsony region. Villa Sandahl was
awarded yet another silver medal for the 2008 Rhine
Riesling Golden Line, see "Borok
rangsora - 2009.06.26" protocol. This time competition
was harder and Villa
Sandahl got 81.6 points.
No 3 Villa Sandahl has released
the new 2008 Riesling wines, as well as a 2007 Pinot Gris,
3 (in Swedish). Remarkably, the quality of the 2008
wines has increased to yet another level. In Sweden, the
wines are available at the
Cezar Web shop.
MEDAL TO VILLA SANDAHL
The "Badacsony Hill Committee" has during May 2009 tasted
118 wines from growers of the hill of Badacsony (not
the larger Badacsony region). Villa Sandahl was awarded
a silver medal for the 2008 Rhine Riesling Golden Line,
Rangsora - Badcasony 2009.05.04" protocol. We got 86.2
points and are of course proud of this, but it is a bit
annoying that the gold medal limit was 87 point.
JUDGEMENT FROM FABIEN STIRN Our 2008 Rieslings are fermented and
enthusiastically judged by our French oenolog Fabien Stirn.
He writes "The Rieslings are really a class higher as
what you ever produced, I think you get the right way of
process and probably also a good vintage! The Golden Line
is upper class by the finesse and the citrus side that is
really promising a great and long aging Riesling. The Silver
Line is more in body and in power but lesser finesse, the
aging will probably be shorter."
THE WEB SHOP
It is a real pleasure for us to offer our Villa Sandahl
wines to the total Swedish market by being represented at
Cezar Winery web shop. Do
order and pay the wines
and you will get them directly to your home address by the
Swedish Posten. Enjoy your shopping expedition.
To introduce the
wines for the 2008 Christmas sale, Villa Sandahl has
now prepared a
2nd newsletter. It is now 3 years
ago since the 1st newsletter was announcing
the 2004 vintage. The striking news is the web shop and
the dramatically increased quality.
Eight tons Pinot Gris was harvested the 23rd of September
and twelve tons Riesling was brought in the 10th of October.
This was quite early but the grapes was splendidly ripe.
The pressing was equally successful and 15000 litre are
During summer 2008 the Villa Sandahl were completed by furniture
and decoration. The mantra was Swedish design of unique
quality and high originality (same as for the SANDAHL wines
To the right you see the grey room. For booking the house,
see booking pages.
In spring 2008 the road and surroundings to the house is
finished. Used basalt stones is found to be the solid base
for the 20 % ascend. Vines are replanted close to all our
basalt work, to bring an interesting antagonism between
Villa Sandahls new 2006 Golden Line Riesling were in May
2008 judged by the "wine school"
Grain Nobles in Paris.
The judgement were very positive by the group that liked
the residual amount of sugar of 7 grams per litre. They
compare our wine with "les grands Riesling de Moselle
ou du sud de l’Alsace (Grand Cru Eichberg)".
Villa Sandahl were represented in the Prowein exhibition
in Düsseldorf the 16 - 18th of March. The new and much improved
2006 Riesling vintage were proudly presented.
A new logotype and graphical design is introduced in March.
The change is driven by the significant quality improvement
evident in the 2006 wines. The new logotype is designed
to still keep and attract the old consumers, but also to
invite a new group of more experienced consumers. To separate
two qualities, the new premium quality is labelled "golden
line", and the old basic quality is the "silver line"
SANDAHL INTERNATIONAL AB Villa Sandahl Kft has so far been privately
owned by Thord and Christer Sandahl. To ensure a finically
strong owner and to establish a supporting international
a company called Sandahl International AB is formed, and
is now the owner of Villa Sandahl. Sandahl International
AB is also owned solely by Thord and Christer Sandahl, implying
no change in strategic direction and operation for Villa
Gunnel Sandahl celebrate
her 50 year birthday event
the day after the Villa Sandahl inauguration.
INAUGURATION OF THE PROMOTION
Villa Sandahl almost finished at the
inauguration ceremony is held the 3rd of august for
the Villa Sandahl promotion house (get the
power point presentation
in English). Both Swedish and Hungarian
friends are invited and take a close look at the house.
to the warm winter, the construction of the Villa Sandahl
promotion house is on schedule. In end of January the
entry floor is covered with a concrete vault, and construction
of the loft floor will begin. An opening ceremony is planned
(cross the fingers) to be held on Friday the 3rd of August
2007. The south facing wall can be seen on the picture.
December 2006 the construction of Villa Sandahl in
Zsuzsanna vineyard is in full swing. On the picture,
the wine cellar (indoors) entry can be seen. The house is
planned to be finished and finally inspected at end of July
2006 Rhine Riesling harvest is finished at the 19th
and 20th of October. The weather has been great during September
and October. Grapes in perfect condition are picked and
transported to the Cezar winery for pressing and fermentation.
2006 harvest is vinified at the Cezar Winery just
south of Nagyrada in the Kis-Balaton area, 52 km from Badacsony.
The plant is brand new with all necessary equipment for
high quality wine production. The wine maker is Luis Santelices
the 11 of September the building company is selected to
build the promotion house. After a long selection, the choice
fell on the company SZ-L Bau Kft from Tapolca.
summer 2006 all permissions are complete for building the
promotion house in the Zsuzsanna vineyard. The vines
are cut away for the house and electricity cables, water
and drain pipes are in place.
Sandahl Kft has selected Fabien Stirn from Sigolsheim in
Alsace as advisory wine consultant. Fabien cultivate
several hectares of grand cru vineyards an is
known to produce wines of true quality.
the Scandinavian Wine Fair, Villa Sandahl is recognised
by the Swedish most well-known business newspaper "Dagens
Industri", see article to the right. It tells about
the search for good grape material, which was found it in
Badacsony in Hungary.
Sandahl is represented on the 3rd
Scandinavian Wine Fair held in Paris the
11th of February 2006. This fair gathers wine connected
people from all Scandinavia. Villa Sandahl creates a
lot of attention on the exhibition, and has one of the
most visited stands.
the Scandinavian Wine Fair also arranged the
BKWine Scandinavian Wine and Spirit Competition. Villa
Sandahl is honoured by a silver medal for their dry
Pinot Gris / Rhine Riesling. The quality ambitions are recognised
and Villa Sandahl will surely continue to strive for still
Sandahl is very glad to announce that our wines are available
in Denmark from December 2005 by Bergman Vin-Import.
Bergman is recognised for a careful selected portfolio with
very competitive prices. Visit their
site for prices and selling conditions. Select "Ungarn"
for Villa Sandahl offerings.
first newsletter from Villa Sandahl (only in Swedish)
is prepared and distributed for the Christmas 2005 sale.
Click here to download it in one of two versions,
web quality (52kB) or
print quality (94kB).
Sandahl is available at Systembolaget from October
In end of December 2008 the wines was moved to the
Cezar Winery web shop.
AB have the 10th of August 2005 received a permit for
importing and storing wine in Sweden. During September
the 2004 vintage Villa Sandal wines will be imported to
the 28th of July 2005, Villa Sandahl finally receive the
eagerly awaited building permit for a promotion house
in the Zsuzsanna Vineyard. The architect Robert Epres
have made a terrific job. The planning is going on and the
building will be started as soon as possible.
In June 2005
Villa Sandahl receive honour from the Badacsonyi Borvidék
Hegyközségi Tanácsa ("Badacsony Wine Region Council
of Hill Township"), one gold medal for the half sweet
2004 Pinot Gris Late Harvest Barrique wine and one bronze
medal for the dry 2004 Pinot Gris Rhine Riesling wine.
Villa Sandahl is represented
at the Wine & Spirit Fair at Excel in London in the Hungarian
"Agricultural Marketing Centre" at stand D70.
We pour our first vintage wines (see
2004) while telling our short but non the less enthralling
start of March 2005 Villa Sandahl welcomes Mr Toth Tibor
as tractor driver and vineyard cultivator.
new Carraro TRX 9400 AC tractor is acquired at the
of August 2004. It is a special type having a low centre
of gravity and wide balloon tyres suited for steep vineyards.
To shelter from sun and spray, it has an air conditioned
Sandahl Kft is registered as an Hungarian company owned
by Thord and Christer Sandahl at the 3rd of August 2004.
- Company registration number 19-09-507746.
- Tax registration 13325121-2-19, EU code HU13325121
4th of June 2004 a joint venture is started with Zsuzsanna
Pettenkoffer. Included in this cooperation is to cultivate
the vineyard located at the
Badacsony Hill and from these grapes produce wines that
will be labelled Villa Sandahl.
Villa Sandahl Kft
Római út 203/1
Sandahl International AB
331 02 Värnamo
+46 733 736128
+36 20 9675388