Place: Hatari - Tokaj, Hungary
Homonna was established in Erdőbénye in 1999 by Attila Homonna, a pioneering electronic musician-cum-winemaker who has done so much to ingite excitement around dry wines from organically farmed vines in Tokaj. Attila owns 4 hectares of Furmint and Hárslevelű vines near Erdőbénye. These vines grow in the Határi, Rány and Meszes vineyards. He is dedicated to sustainability in all its forms -regenerating old vineyards, supporting local workers and limiting inputs to sulphur, baking powder, citrus oil, chamomile tea and minimal copper.
It was love at first sight. Határi is where it all started. It is the first vineyard Attila discovered in 1999, and it is reputed in Tokaj as an outstanding area. He bought the first parcels here with vines that were over 100 years old, and they have been gradually replanted since. The topsoil here is layered, crumbled rhyolite, with a perlite subsoil. Határi wines have a friendlier feel than those from Rány. It's all relative, of course, but they tend to be more lush and fruit-driven than mineral in character. The wine is fermented and aged in Stockinger barrels and Hungarian oak, typically between three and six years old.