Count Karolyi comes from Tolna County in the Pannon wine region of southern Hungary. The original winery was founded by Dr. Harold Binderer in 1951. The good doctor worked tirelessly during the difficult and oppressive times behind behind the Iron Curtain.
When freedom came in the 90s, his son Peter took the mantle and joined forces with Laszlo Karolyi to create the current brand. Peter was very familiar with the long history of great wines from Hungary, going all the way back to the Roman Empire.
It's a nice thing that this area is finally getting the recognition it deserves. There are more stunning wines here than you can count, but the voyage to finally get them has been a perilous one. After war and strife, the region has taken decades to stabilize, but it is through the dedication of people like Peter and Laszlo that Hungary's light is shining.
Hungary has several indigenous grapes - some of which we've featured in the past - but Gruner Veltliner isn't one of them. It originates in Austria, but since the countries border each other, it's not much of a surprise to see this grape here. And it's a pure delight.
Gruner Veltliner is one of the most unique and exotic grapes in the world. It is so unlike any other white grape that it stands alone. There is the telltale citrus edge that is unmistakable, then it graduates into a floral and almost peppery character that is not just inviting but alluring.
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