Hajós-Baja Wineregion

Hajós-Baja Wineregion

6000 Kecskemét, Hoffmann J. u. 6.

In 1990 the Hajós-Vaskúti wine region was part of the Great Plain wine region. Since the viticulture in Vaskút dropped significantly in the middle of the 90s. Nowadays it has hardly large vineyards, therefore in 1996 the Wine Community Council appealed to the Minister of Agriculture to change the name of the wine region to Hajós–Baja Wine Region, so it has appeared under this name since 1997. The Council had a dual aim with this request. On the one hand they have tried to make the area well-known, since Baja is known by everyone as the region's cultural, commercial and educational centre. On the other hand, there are major grape plantations in Baja and the wine of this region has always been famous. Their aim was to enhance the place of Baja as a city to rank which it rightly deserves. The grape plantation of 1800 hectares has been cultivated on 12 settlements for centuries. Over the past century the most seasoned, aromatic Hungarian wines have been produced in this region. The wines made from Italian Riesling, Kövidinka and the Sárfehér were also of great significance.
The German-speaking population living in five settlements of the wine region has brought the grape varieties grown in their homeland in addition to their love of viticulture and wine-making, this is how the Blau Fränkisch (Kékfrankos) and the Riesling are found in this region. The winery and wine-growing in the Hajós–Baja wine region has always been of high standard.

On the basis of its soil and climate conditions of the wine region as well as its altitude the Hajós–Baja region is more similar to Szekszárd wine region than to the grape plantation found on the Great Plain as these areas are part of Tolna Hills being only divided by Danube. It is quite alike to the wine region cut asunder by River Douro in Spain.

The Hajós–Baja wine region is situated in the area between Danube and Tisza Rivers. Its natural landscapes are the southern part of the Danube plains, the Bačka Homokhát, and the northern part of Bačka loess platform.
This farming land has always been different from the soil of the average lowland since the local grapes do not grown on sand but mainly on clay soil covered by sand as well as here and there on loess soil. The thickness of sand coat is crucial in respect of the soil fertility. The thin coated sand covered soil is the most advantageous for the agricultural plants.
The grape-growing in the region is not only influenced by the soil types but the climate conditions, too. The climatic factors that affect the grapes are as follows: the solar duration, air temperature and precipitation quantity.

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