The de Sas Vineyard is located in Czeszyce, a small and picturesque village on the grounds of the Barycz Valley Landscape Park, 15km from Milicz and 70km from Wrocław.We are currently growing seven wine grape varieties, with the end focus on the Gewürztraminer varietal, which we have planted in the largest amount. Known as the “spicy grape” with strong exotic aromas and spicy fruit flavors, the Gewürztraminer performs best in cooler climates that offer warm days and chilly nights.Our second star occupying quite a huge acreage of the vineyard is Riesling, a member of a noble family of wines that is best known for a sweeter-style white wines. From the remaining five wine grape varieties, we have a few rows of Regent, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Dornfelder.It is from those seedlings that we produce our wines, with the aim to offer a differentiated palette of good quality red and white wines.
The idea of establishing a vineyard came to life in 2006, when the first wine grape varieties were planted. The acreage of 3 hectares has been divided into four lots, which were systematically planted with grapevines on the yearly basis. The very last seedlings were put into ground in 2009. The first plantings were treated in the means of trial, and by that time we were experimenting with variety of different grapevines’ seedlings such as Bachus, Kerling, Kerner, Dornfelder, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Solaris, or Regent.
We were getting to know the particular capabilities and specifications of our soil’s texture, drainage, depth and color, testing at the same time some of the best practices for ensuring the longevity of the grapevines.
We have found out quite soon which of the vines had to be left behind and which ones succeeded in making a perfect match with our soil and climate.
We are constantly enhancing our knowledge and expertise in the area of vineyard’s management and wine production, as well as wine itself. We have completed two levels of the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) qualifications, and postgraduate studies of Winemaking at Wrocław Univeristy of Environment and Life Science. Aside from those qualifications, we are always up to date with professional literature about winemaking, at the same time keeping track on new trends that occur worldwide on the wine map.
Our region – The Barycz Valley
Barycz Valley can be described as a unique mosaic of environments, where various plant and animal species mingle together as if they were deliberately designed to promote the wonders of mother nature.
The Milicz Ponds located in the valley of the river Barycz, covering a total area of about 77km2, are the biggest bird reserve in Poland. It is a true bird paradise, and a promised land for bird-watching enthusiasts.
Thousands of acres of magical nature encourage active tourism, ranging from kayaking to horse riding. Even the simple walk down the avenue of beautiful and primeval oaks or a picnic on a floral meadow is mostly rewarding, both for the body and soul.
Here you can also find many architectural gems, such as bog ore houses, half-timbered churches or old weirs, which are still operating.
Barycz Valley is the place to be, the one where you always return for more… See more
Our vines and wines
Our approach to winemaking processes is in full accordance with the concept of Industrial Ecology. We have adopted organic production methods, as we are strongly committed to both assuring the best product quality and safeguarding the environment.
Being fully aware of the negative environmental impact of chemical fertilizers, we are using Effective Micro-Organisms (EM) products, fully certified, organic fertilizers, to maintain and improve the quality and fertility of our soil.
The Vineyard is located within the Barycz Valley Landscape Park and in close proximity of the Milicz Ponds, which are listed as Living Lakes – water areas that have extraordinary natural features. You can find out more about Living Lakes Network here: More about Living Lakes.
We are surrounded by birds and therefore we have decided to name our wines after their Latin names. We were trying to adopt names of those birds that are near us and that are somehow in harmony with the name of a particular vine. The numbers by the wine name state the year of its production.
REGENT ➔🍷Regulus A 🍷Regulus B 🍷Regulus 14 Barrique 🍷Vanellus 15
Regent is a dark-skinned, red wine grape created in Germany in 1967 and registered as Vitis Vinifera in 1996. This vine came to live as a result of crossing of two species – Diana and Chambourcin and has a varietal protection across whole EU. The name of the vine was derived from a diamond bearing the same name.
In the family of red vines species, Regent is one of the most commonly cultivated grape in Poland, next to another hybrid Rondo. It is most effective in cool, dry areas and has a broad resistance against the most significant fungal diseases which affect grapes, such as downy mildew. Grown in Germany, Poland, the USA (Oregon and Washington) and the United Kingdom.
RIESLING ➔ 🍷Parus A 🍷Parus B
Riesling is a white grape variety (Vitis Vinifera) which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet (i.e.through evaporation caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea – “noble rot”), ice wines, and sparkling white wines. Riesling is a variety which is highly “terroir-expressive”, meaning that the character of Riesling wines is greatly influenced by the wine’s place of origin. It is most often vinified as a single varietal wine, leaving out the process of aging in oak barriques. In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the “top three” white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Most widely grown in Germany, France (Alsace), Austria, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
Riesling wines are often consumed when young, however, Riesling’s naturally high acidity and range of flavours make it suitable for extended aging ( 5- 15 years for dry wines and up to 30 years for sweet wines). Upon aging certain Riesling wines reveal a striking petrol note.
Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food, because of its balance of sugar and acidity.
GEWUERTZTRAMINER ➔ 🍷Milvus 🍷Milvus 15-NO Sulphur
Gewürztraminer, called in short GT, is a white grape variety (Vitis Vinifera) with characteristic pinkish-grey skin. Deep in color and very aromatic. The characteristic aromas are: lychee, rose petals, cinnamon. It is one of the most recognizable species.
While Gewürz = herbs, spices, the German name Gewürztraminer literally means “Spice Traminer” or “Perfumed Traminer”. Subtle when it comes to acidity, it is moderately high in natural sugar. Grown rather in cool climates, cultivated mainly in France (Alsace) and Germany, but also in Italy, Austria, the USA, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
The production of wines from this varietal gives a spectrum of possible types of vinification: semi-dry, sweet, single-varietal, off dried, often combined with Riesling creating so called GTR.
Gewürztraminer is good for pairing with simple fish meals, chicken stew with herbs and herb sauces, goes well with sweets, cookies, and ice creams and makes a perfect match for mould ripened cheeses. It can also be enjoyed by itself as an aperitif.
DORNFELDER ➔ 🍷Turdus 14 Barrique
Dornfelder is a dark-skinned variety of grape of German origin used for red wine.
The variety tends to be an early to mid budding and ripening grapevine, high yielding and high in natural sugar. It has thick skins that give it good resistance to the viticultural hazards of fungal infections, nevertheless it is prone to frost.
Occurs mainly in Germany (Palatinate and Rheinhessen wine regions), England, Wales and Poland.
Dornfelder wines are deep in colour, bearing good fruit and acidity, and suitable for extended aging.
SOLARIS ➔ 🍷Oriolus 15
Solaris (a hybrid) was created in 1975, deriving its name from Latin (solaris = sunny, in the winemaking context =early ripening). Solaris is an early ripening white grape variety with good resistance against fungal diseases and frost.
It is commonly grown in northern European countries with cool climate. The largest acreage can be found in Germany (Baden), Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and is even experimentally grown in Norway.