Badacsony wine region, on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, is demarcated by local volcanic hills: Badacsony, Szigliget, Gulács, Tóti, Szent György, Csobánc, and Hajagos, and the basins of Tapolca and Kál. Altogether, this area occupies a total of 10000 acres. The local microclimate is sub-Mediterranean, benefiting from sheltered, south-facing slopes and a large amount of heat reflected back by the surface of Lake Balaton. The pre-vailing soil type is loam mixed with weathered basalt. Badacsony’s topography is extremely favorable for wine cultivation.
The terrain’s latitude and absolute altitude, the declination of the mountains, and the closeness of Lake Balaton all have beneficial effects on grapes’ maturation. The round body and unique, deep aroma inherent in Badacsony wine is largely due to soil nourished by volcanic remnants of now-eroded basalt rocks, as well as grapes’ long exposure on sun-kissed mountainsides noted for their particularly favorable declination. Basalt hillsides reflect the sun and protect grape saplings from northern winds. Vineyards here stretch from the edge of the basalt mountain ridge all the way down to the lakeshore.