General description: One of the oldest slopes in Villány it has been in continuos cultivation without interruptions. One might call Csillagvölgy (Sterntal) the ’actual’ Villány vineyard. Located between Szársomlyó hill and the town, with a southern exposure, getting steeper and steeper upwards. The elevation is 170-180m.
The first vineyard owned by the Gere family – just a few acres in size – was located in this slope. In 2005 the winery bought a 10 ha Cabernet Sauvignon plantation, which gives the basis for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique wines. Furthermore the oldest plantation of our winery can be also found here which is a Cabernet Franc plantation from the 60’s.
Soil: It is characterized by humus carbonate soil on limestone ground (loess, weathered marly limestone). It is a well-ventilating soil type, but its water management is moderate, because of the favorable but thin layer. The soil is poor in nutrients making it ideal for viticulture.
Micro climate: With southern and south-western exposure the Csillagvölgy slope has a unique micro-climate, as the vineyards on its two sides turn to south-west and south thus creating a small channel. This is of great importance because this ditch drives away the cold air from the higher plantations and this way alleviates the risk of frost damage.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Portugieser.
Farming method: Middle (70 cm) cordon, twin stock, 7.200 stocks/ha. In the oldest Cabernet Franc plantation: 5400 stocks/ha.