Producer Profile


Szomolya is a destination seldom stumbled upon, a hidden treasure awaiting discovery outside of Eger. In this serene enclave lies Hegyi-Kaló, a beacon of authenticity in the wine world. Amidst the rolling hills, there's no grand winery façade or prominent signage—just a humble abode, the Kaló family's home, where they craft their extraordinary wines in a cellar hand-carved into the hillside.

Imre Kaló, once a forester under the Soviet government until 1987, has since become a legendary figure in Hungarian winemaking. His unconventional methods yield wines of unparalleled character: meticulously tending to his vines to produce minuscule yields and employing up to 100 days of skin maceration for both reds and whites.

Where The Wines Come From


Szomolya, situated in the heart of Hungary, produces natural wines that reflect the region's rich winemaking heritage and unique terroir. With vineyards nestled among gentle hills and valleys, Szomolya benefits from a continental climate and diverse soils, including limestone and loess. Here, winemakers embrace sustainable farming practices and minimal intervention in the cellar, allowing the true expression of the fruit and the land to shine through. Indigenous grape varieties such as Furmint, Hárslevelű, and Kékfrankos thrive in this diverse landscape, yielding wines of exceptional purity and depth. From crisp and aromatic whites to bold and elegant reds, Szomolya's natural wines capture the essence of the region's vibrant terroir and cultural heritage, inviting drinkers to experience the true essence of Hungarian winemaking with each sip.