About us

The road leading from the kitchen to the vineyard

Antal Benesch

head winemaker

Armed with family traditions in the hospitality sector, Antal Benesch chose winemaking as his profession and studied at the University of Horticulture’s faculty of viticulture and oenology engineering in Budapest. He carried out his work experience at the Pannonhalma Abbey Winery, then after completing higher education he gained experience in Marlborough, New Zealand, and Burgenland in Austria.

He aims to enchant consumers with pure, mineral-rich, elegant and full-bodied wines, and at the same time his goal is to familiarize people with the two Balaton Wine Regions where two vineyards of the Archdiocese of Veszprém are to be found.

„The joy that good food brings can only be heightened by a glass of fine wine. I learnt from my mother: if you can set a plate of delicious food in front of somebody, then time stands still for the guest. They escape everyday life and are filled with happiness – and this is the greatest success for the host.
When one day the dish is not as good as you wanted it to be, then you can try again the following day. Winemaking sets a greater challenge since you have just one shot each year. We put our heart and soul into it and trust that from the year’s harvest we can make a wine that gives pleasure to consumers and is to the satisfaction of the winemaker.”

The winemaker’s creed

I would like anyone sampling any of the Veszprém Archdiocese Winery wines to find that time stands still for a moment and they can set aside their cares for just a few minutes. If somebody is able to sit down at the end of the day with a glass of wine and think a while, perhaps give thanks for all that is.

Past, tradition,

Past, tradition, continuity. Veszprém Archdiocese (and its legal predecessor Veszprém Bishopric) has been engaged in grape cultivation and winemaking for about 750 years, since 1277. Veszprém Archdiocese is one of the 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in Hungary. Founded by King St. Stephen, as one of the earliest bishoprics in Hungary its traditions and culture go way back in time. To this day, the Archdiocese Winery carries out – within the framework of the diocese – viticulture on two estates it owns, in Felsőörs that belongs to the Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Region, and Mindszentkálla in the Kál Basin lying in the Balaton Highland Wine Region. Winemaking is conducted using state-of-the-art techniques, equipment and know-how while also respecting traditions.

Producer areas

Mindszentkálla (Kincsesdoboz)

This estate was owned by the Chapter of Veszprém as early as the 13th century. In 1277, during an exchange of estates, it came under the control of the then bishopric and it still belongs to the archdiocese today. The so-called Püspökdomb (Bishop’s Hill) is one of the most spectacular parts of the Mindszentkálla estate. From here there is a beautiful panorama to the hills of the Balaton Highland, in fact the view stretches all the way to Szigliget. After nationalization, it took all the ingenuity of the auditor general to keep the estate in the domain of the bishopric; to this day it is one of the principal areas of the Archdiocese Winery, where viticulture is conducted over 3.5 hectares.
Mindszentkálla’s arable soil is varied and changeable: basalt/tufa, rhyolite tufa, Permian red sandstone, andesite, and marl formed on the primarily volcanic bedrock can be found here, in addition to which patches of lime the consistency of crayon and Pannon sand can be found in the soil.
The white wines from here are characterized by a unique acid structure deriving from the rich volcanic soil, a salty mineral taste, fruitiness and silkiness, combined with body and enormous potential.
In the case of the reds, particularly fruity, verging on jam-like flavours dominate, as does the rich spicy aroma.

Grape varieties

White: Sauvignon Blanc, Rajnai Rizling (Rhine Riesling), Olaszrizling (Welschriesling or Italian Riesling)
Red: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch)


The history of this area goes back to the early 20th century. This was when it came into the possession of the Seminarium belonging to the Veszprém Archdiocese. Just like in Mindszentkálla, here too the cultivation of grapes and winemaking had great importance. The Felsőörs estate belongs to the Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Region. Grapes, primarily white varieties, are grown on the estate over an area of 3 hectares.
One of the main features of the estate is the amazing panorama over Lake Balaton.
The soil at Felsőörs is primarily clay but there are patches of marl as well.
White wines originating from here typically have a fruit-heavy, mineral salty flavour.

Grape varieties

White: Sauvignon Blanc, Rajnai Rizling (Rhine Riesling), Olaszrizling (Welschriesling or Italian Riesling)