We cultivate healthy grapes in a sustainable way, from which we make unique wines. What helps us to do this? The South Balaton terroir, a heart-soul team and our faith in the region. Our goal is to go one step back: to influence nature's raw materials as little as possible.
For us, this place is the center of the world, much more than just a vineyard that produces our wines. We want to give as back much as we can of what we get from it, so sustainability, organic and biodynamic cultivation is the basis of everything at the estate.
We believe that the best grapes can only come from nutrient and hummus-rich soil that is healthy and alive. In every area of the estate's life, we strive to have the smallest possible ecological footprint and work as part of nature. That's why we put sustainability at the heart of every decision we make, even when it comes to small details like bottle weight, renewable energy, homemade sourdough bread, or even the disposal of single-use plastics.
We feel this is the right direction, and we are happy to start this journey.
Since the end of 2018, we have been cultivating our land biodynamically. This means treating the vine and the surrounding environment as a whole, which is inseparable. Biodiversity is crucial in this system, where every living organism and microorganism plays a key role at its level. In line with the principles of biodynamics - just like humans - we strive to develop the strongest immune system in the vineyard, instead of just treating the symptoms.
Instead of chemical sprays, herbicides, and fertilizers we use natural preparations for plant protection. It is a process that requires a constant presence, so human work is irreplaceable for us. As they say, a walk in the vineyard is worth two sprays - and we like to walk.
Internationally accepted and regulated biodynamic certifications, such as the DEMETER Certification, are highly demanding for both viticulture and winemaking. Behind the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner's system there is a complex, holistic approach that assumes that the entire estate is a unified whole. It is not just about animals and cultivated plants. In addition to landscape features (meadows, forest patches, pastures, wildlife), there is also the wider environment, up to the stars: the farmer takes cosmic rhythms such as the moon into account when planting, winemaking and carrying out livestock operations.
Just like in the vineyard, we aim for the least intervention in the cellar. We are working to make the most of the soil and climate in the vineyard so that the wines truly reflect the terroir. The work we do here is about working with nature to make the best quality wines possible. We believe that in this case, returning to the basics is a step forward, including the use of winemaking techniques such as the ancient sparkling technology, pétillant naturel, or also called PET-NAT.
Our basic services include a tasting of fine wines and winery tours. Our guests can take part in wine tastings in the estate’s winery, where they will get to know the different processes of winemaking, they can decide to take an easy walk in the vineyards or to simply enjoy the organic wines on the terrace.
In addition, we are happy to arrange your carriage tour, golf course, bicycle rental or even a canoe tour in Nagyberek. The winery is also happy to provide its own "Kristinus wine bus" for its guests to transfer them to nearby destinations such as baths or national parks.
Kéthely, besides the Kristinus Wine Estate, is an exciting tourist destination at Lake Balaton. The ten kilometre distance can easily be covered, even by bicycle, therefore an around Balaton bike tour can include a visit at the Winery, accentuated with looking at local sights.
The Neo-Baroque Hunyady castle built in the 17th century, that has seen better days, can only hint at its former elegance. The historic (protected) building served as a hospital and general nursing home until 2006 – even after a significant part of the castle was consumed in the 1986 blaze. Its ten-hectare park is home to a number of rare tree species, among them the white fir or the hackberry.
You can take guided boat trips in Kis-Balaton; the Buffalo Reserve in Kápolnapuszta is a veritable family program. Keszthely is also very close to Kéthely, where you can enjoy the warm and shallow waters during summertime. In contrast, if you are seeking the same experience in a quiet setting, any beach of the villages in the Southern Balaton area will do.