Place: Rany - Tokaj, Hungary
Variety: Furmint, Harslevelu
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.
Rány has a documented history going back to the 13th century, and is in fact the second oldest vineyard of the Tokaj region. It has a rocky rhyolite topsoil, only suitable for working by hand. Out of all these Homonna and Jakab vineyards, Rány tends to give wines that are the most austere and mineral. They’re the most structured, are slowest to mature and live longest. This is 80% Furmint and 20% Hárslevelű which is mixed in through the vineyard. Spontaneously fermented and aged in oak barrels. Rány is the second oldest vineyard of the Tokaj region.