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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Villány, wine region and pdo in hungary on the terraced southern and eastern slopes of the Villány Mountains, which protect the vineyards from cold northern influences resulting in a special sub-mediterranean mesoclimate. (See map under hungary.) The Villány Mountains consist of calcareous rocks deposited in the marine basins of the Mesozoic. Dolomite, marl, and limestone are covered direct with sandy loess. This layer is sometimes mixed with limestone debris, having a higher concentration of calcium. This is the cropland of more acidic wines, while the purely loess soil produces softer wines. Villány is mostly known for its red bordeaux blends, sometimes rather heavy and tannic but with good ageing potential. Cabernet Franc grows well here and Cabernet Sauvignon also produces exciting wines. The everyday drinking wine is the softer portugieser, and kékfrankos is often used in blends. In the last decade, Pinot Noir and Syrah have been planted, producing wines that can be heavy and lacking elegance. The whites are mostly grown around Siklós. As in szekszárd, wines are often low in acid, high in alcohol, and do not suit long ageing. Olaszrizling, Chardonnay, and Hárslevelű are widely planted. The region is well suited to tourism.