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The label that’s familiar from the beginning of the 2010s (with ‘Szőlős’ written on it, from the military survey carried out between 1782-1785) now returns with an unusual Gellavilla wine. The stone building in the middle of the 7-hectare property played a central role in the life of the village. The cellar, which was built in 1799, was linked to former Veszprém court judge, Pál Oroszy. There’s a big key to the door, but it’s difficult to open, the air is clean, cool and tangible. In the great silence, only the glass wine thief makes the occasional sound against the bowl of the glass. Apart from a classic basket press, 10 barrels and a few tanks, there’s nothing else here, only the feeling that lots of people have visited the cellar in the last 200 years. This is Gellavilla’s old stone cellar. Until the 2021 vintage, the cellar's red wines were made here every year via spontaneous fermentation, in barrels, unfiltered and unfined at bottling.
2022 was an exception, the complete renovation of the winery started here, following the old lines and using the original bricks. The arches are still being re-laid, so there was no question that the Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir and Merlot harvested during the 2022 vintage would be fermented elsewhere. In the end, only one wine was made from the black grapes – this is Rozé ‘1799’.
The three varieties were harvested on the same day from an almost one-hectare plot, and were pressed in Dávid Bökő's cellar, immediately after being destemmed. Following the spontaneous fermentation, the wine was aged on lees until bottling in August. The wine's character is the closest to the winery’s subtly rustic white wines. It’s neither explosive or reductive, nor made in the Provençal style. Instead it recalls ripe southern Italian rosés and reds macerated to a pale colour. It has a deeper colour, strawberry and orange oil on the nose, with a touch of lees on the full-flavoured palate.