It’s a great job to be a herald of good news and this time I can be one too, and announce that not only do people make wine in Poland, they make fabulous wine in Poland! And that makes me really happy. I almost lost hope that one day I would be able to try a decent Polish wine.
The ridiculous Polish law prohibiting individuals from commercial wine production finally changed about 6 years ago and we now have over 500 registered Polish vineyards. I couldn’t believe that already there are so many. Many are just starting and are very small, but some are more established and I think that there’s a good chance that within a few years we will be able to buy very good Polish wine in supermarkets.
I recently went to meet Agata and Artur Legutko, the brave new producers/owners of a still very young (planted in 2010) vineyard, “Wielopolka” (previously named “Ilios”) in Brzeina, Podkarpacie. I wasn’t sure what I expected going there … but definitely not what I found. 🙂
I met two great people with a true passion for wine, who despite their lack of experience and resources, have managed to create fantastic wines in their little vineyard. A passion for wine runs in Agata’s blood as for many years her grandfather was making famous wine in the village, and happily shared it with the locals. Wine making is still their hobby as they are both working full time running a business. So this is still a small enterprise, only 4000 square meters, but they are planning to expand to one hectare in the near future, and so far their wine is still produced in the Bordeaux ‘garagists’ fashion.
‘Wielopolka’ makes wine from varieties completely new to me (Ronda-red; Solaris, Seval Blanc or Hibernal – white) but my, my, what a stunning wine they can produce if treated right.
I’ve tried their wines, and while the reds need more development the whites are gorgeous, truly amazing: long and aromatic, easy drinking and mostly dry, but all very fragrant and elegant. One of the three I tried had a bit of spritz, and great aromas of white flowers, gooseberry and acacia, another (my favourite) was soft and long with good citrusy freshness and an amazing pure melon nose, while the last one we tasted was heavier, a bit oily and with a touch of sweetness, but with clean, endless finish on the full of honey, and ripe red apple palate. Yum.
Agata and Artur
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Keep up the good work!