We were „well fed townies”. We thought we would buy a wine cellar at Avas. We found the prettiest (to us). In it’s original state, in the so-called Zakopane-style (almost all cellars at the Avas used to be like this). Since then we have been taking care of it to the best of our ability.
However my friend said that a cellar without wine is just a hole. So we bought grapes, casks, we „made” wine. It was not good. I have been keeping a bottle of wine from one of the first batches since then. Because I hope one day I can be very proud of it. Not because it’s that good, but because it shows where we started…
I have read every piece of literature and books, I could fine about wine making, I compleated a wine-technician degree. We even bought a small vineyard. We learnt to prune, shoot selecting, aborting (household name for green harvesting), aszú collecting.
Winemaking started as a hobby, it became a way of life, and today we consciously upgrading, so that if one of our children feels drawn to it, it can easily be expanded into an asset that can sustain a family.
The world is heaving, boiling, but those that create value, has to be able to get by. One can’t find a more beautiful profession anyways.