Introducing the Malatinszky Winery

Csaba Malatinszky is one of Hungary's most exciting winemakers at the moment, producing wines with elegance and finesse. The Malatinszky Winery is widely praised by commentators and customers alike for the superb craftsmanship of its wines. As Caroline Gilby MW of Decanter and Harpers has noted ‘...Malatinszky attends to every fine detail – there’s no resting on his laurels here’. Dubbed a ‘young upstart’ by his peers for his youthful and modern approach to winemaking, his objective is to make wines with style and personality. Malatinszky also aims to create wines which fully reflect their terroir; and to achieve this, he combines elements of modern winemaking with traditional techniques. He was one of the first in the region to build a state-of-the-art winery and he only uses barrels from high quality Hungarian oak staves which have been naturally seasoned for 3 to 4 years.


 The son of a nobleman, Csaba Malatinszky, followed a unique career path to becoming a winemaker. He began as head sommelier at Budapest’s world-famous Gundel Restaurant and became the first internationally certified exponent of the profession in Hungary. In 1993, he opened one of Budapest’s first specialist retail wine shops, La Boutique des Vins. Unusually, Csaba travelled to other wine regions especially Bordeaux where he learned about viticulture, winemaking and the art of blending. After spending time at some of the best châteaux in Médoc such as Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Château Lynch-Bages and Château Cos D’ Estournel; in 1997 he founded his winery in Villány-Siklós.

Malatinszky currently has 30 hectares under cultivation and has planted his vineyards
with advice from the University of Bordeaux. His Cabernet Franc is internationally recognised, as being one of Hungary's finest examples.