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Almásy Collection © Ian Ehm
Almásy Collection © Ian Ehm
Almásy – Wine without borders

If you stand on the Eisenberg and gaze off into the distance, in addition to next-door neighbour Hungary you can also see clear across the Steiermark to Slovenia. The Eisenberg’s extraordinary location provides Groszer Wein’s general manager Matthias Krön & cellarmaster Markus Bach with daily inspiration for new projects, such as the Almásy Collection.

The Almásy Collection is an exclusive portfolio of top-quality wines made from the grape varieties of central & eastern Europe – both classic & exotic – vinified by Sarah Heller MW & Groszer Wein. Almásy: Wine Without Borders reaches back into the history of the noble Hungarian family Almásy, originally from Siebenbürgen, who from 1892 onward resided in Bernstein Castle in what was then Hungary. The Almásys were travellers, adventurers & eccentrics, a family that for generations stood for innovation and progress. Laszlo Almásy, the most famous family member, was an adventurer and pilot who was one of the first to explore the Sahara. Thanks to the film The English Patient – based on Laszlo’s life, which won nine Academy Awards –  the explorer became world famous.

In 1922, the Almásys suddenly became Austrians, when the area around Bernstein Castle was fiddled into Austrian territory. The history of the noble family reflects the history of Südburgenland, while at the same time providing the essential idea & vision for the Almásy Collection. Bernstein Castle remains the residence of the Almásy family, and is regarded as the geographical centre of the project. The numbers on the labels of Almásy wines delineate the distance of the respective vineyards from Burg Bernstein.

Almásy Collection © Ian Ehm
Almásy Collection © Ian Ehm

How would wine taste if there were no borders? Or more precisely, what would the typical wine-cellar book of the Danube monarchy look like? These questions are answered by Groszer Wein, Sarah Heller MW and the Almásy family, with their unique selection of ten different wines from today’s Austria, Romania, Slovenia & Hungary, which from 1867–1918 were united under the ruling house of Habsburg-Lorraine. The Almásy Collection combines a Sankt Laurent 2017 from Carnuntum, a Pinela 2017 from Primorska Vipava and a Fetească Neagră from the IG wine region Dealurile Sătmarului with a Hárslevelü 2016 from Tokaji.

If you would like to have a detailed look at project and to learn how the wine cellar of the Danube Monarchy looks & tastes, please visit Bernstein Castle, or if you don’t have the opportunity, visit the website Almásy-collection.com.