This scenery is the harmony of Nature and Man, the homeland of vine and wines for decades, where the fire of extinct volcanos keeps burning.
The vineyards of the wine region are located on the slopes of the hills of Lake Balaton (Badacsony, Csobánc, Szent György-hill, Ábrahámhegy, Őrsi-hill and Szigliget), that is, the Tapolca basin.
Basalt is the dominant bedrock of the wine region, the brown forest soils of the Badacsony vineyards formed on this formation. The wine – growing vineyards of the wine region are bordered on the north by the Bakony Mountains, and on the south by Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe.
This dual geographical effect gives the continental climate of the wine region a sub-Mediterranean character. Naturally, the basalt, which strongly determines the mineral content of the soil, plays an essential role in the development of wine quality.
Potassium, magnesium and calcium released from volcanic rock, basalt contribute to the specific quality of the wine. The wines formed on such soils are mineral in nature and the high concentration of minerals is due to the salty taste of the wines. The metallic-salt mark is a special feature of the wines here. At the same time, thanks to the sandy, clayey subsoil, the Badacsony wines are rounded, smooth and elegant.
The Badacsony Wine Region is a so-called “white wine” region, the most widespread grape are: Olaszrizling can be found on all wine slopes and township of the wine region, Riesling, Tramini, Zeus, Pinot Gris(Szürkebarát), Rózsakő. The most famous wine is the Kéknyelű (Bluestem), which is grown only here (Badacsony) in Hungary. Kéknyelű can be recognized by its spicy, mineral character and its bouquet that reminds of basalt stone.
Settlements of the wine region: Ábrahámhegy, Badacsonytomaj, Badacsonytördemic, Balatonrendes, Balatonszepezd, Gyulakeszi, Hegymagas, Káptalantóti, Kisapáti, Kővágóörs, Nemesgulács, Raposka, Révfülöp, Salföld, Szigliget, Tapolca.