In 2016, couple Ellie Bauwens and Imre Haláz began their winemaking journey with their two children in tow. They started with an abandoned vineyard in a small Hungarian town. This initial parcel is what led to their non-traditional wine-making model.
Holass is a virtual winery. This means that rather than managing a single vineyard, they buy grapes from small vineyards–perhaps just a single parcel–around Hungary and Burgenland, Austria. This “off-grid winemaking practice” often involves their friends and family joining in on the winemaking process.
As for the wines, which are labeled according to their region of origin, Holass works only with organically grown local grape varieties. Manual harvesting and naturally occurring fermentation lead the way to creating single vineyard, small-batch wines with no additives apart from small amounts of SO2.
The finished wines are balanced, refined, and embody the terroir of each vineyard. And when you want to develop a first-hand understanding of terroir then this is the moment to do so. Especially for us, Imre hosts a masterclass on ‘terroir and culture’ during the Natural Wine Fair A’dam. You can book your seat from October 18th onwards.
Holass HQ is based in Belgium and is sold here at top restaurants. They are not yet distributed in the Netherlands. Natural Wine Festival A’dam proudly presents its wines to the Dutch market.