Place: Padi-hegy - Tokaj, Hungary
Jakab Pince was established in 2007 by Zoltán Jakab, a medical doctor who had been infected by the winemaking bug as a child by watching his late grandfather tending to his small vineyard near Miskolc, a large city about 50km from Tokaj, making a small amount of wine each year for family consumption. Some years later, his father purchased some vines in the Padi-hegy vineyard, which is the base for the winery today.
In 2007, Zoltán Jakab met Attila Homonna, a pioneering electronic musician-cum-winemaker, who by then already had five vintages under his belt in Tokaj. Jakab asked him to vinify his first vintage that year, and since then they have gradually built the winery step by step, purchasing more land and increasing production. Jakab has been organically farmed since day one, and shares with Homonna a simple, natural, holistic approach to winegrowing.
Padi-hegy is the estate's original vineyard, purchased in 2006. It faces south, rocky and stony with soils of rhyolite tuff, geyserite and limnoquarzite with heavy clay content. It doesn’t really lend itself to sweet wines, and is ideally suited to lean, mineral dry wines. This is 100% Furmint spontaneously fermented and aged in oak barrels. Jakab uses a mix of Stockinger barrels, Hungarian oak and wood from France’s Atelier cooperage.