The Szekszárd area is an ancient wine region where wine-making can be traced back to Roman times. The first Hungarian kings introduced strict regulations to protect the noble wines produced here. The hills were covered with grapevines and wine was produced in the region even under the occupation of the Turks, who seem to have had a taste for the Szekszárd Kadarka. The industrious and wine-loving Swabians, who settled in the region in the eighteenth century, brought new life to the local vine cultivation. This is where the favourite wines of Franz Liszt and Pope Pius IX came from, and where Mihály Babits and Ervin Lázár acquired a taste for good wine.
The development that this region, which seems to have been created for wine-growing, went through after the change of regime in 1989 indicates that it will be among the best in the twenty-first century as well. Two of the most important regions are the Szekszárd hills and the Völgység, with a total area of 2,800 hectares. The undulating landscape with its countless furrows, the valleys and loess hills with their varying climates provide for an extremely varied growing area. This is why wines produced here, whether they are white or red, cover a wide range of nuances.
Szekszárd is famous for its red wines, whereas the Tolna wine region, encompassing the area around Völgység, Tolna and Tamási, has produced the best white wines since 1998 as an independent wine-growing region. These wines, produced from Chardonnay, Traminer, Green Veltelini, Rhine Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, are well-liked for their excellent, fresh bouquet and fragrance. Yet, besides the great white wines, full-bodied, complex reds can also be produced on the hills of Tolna, as is proven by the leading wine of Tűzkő Estate, the Tűzkő Domb cuvée. The wine farmers of the villages and small towns of the region always await visitors with warm hospitality in their cellars in and around Paks, Möcsény, Simontornya, Felsőnyék and Hőgyész. Bátaapáti, where Tűzkő Estate can be found, is also one of these settlements, a tiny village hiding in an amazingly beautiful landscape, in the vicinity of the lakes of Szálka and Zsibrik.