By Jennifer McCloud

“I’m impressed the consistent quality and outstanding craftsmanship of the Zemplén oak barrels. These Hungarian barrels meticulously made and have shown excellent performance in oak barrel trials we’ve conducted. Many vinifera varieties grown in Virginia have an elegant, delicate character that can often be overwhelmed by American oak. The Zemplén oak lets these more subtle grape flavors and aromatics come through quite harmonized, producing very desirable results.

I am definitely satisfied with the results of these quality Hungarian barrels. I have more expensive French and other Hungarian made oak barrels that are perhaps produced in larger quantities, and that are more well-known. But the Hungarian Zemplén barrels is a real find, and will play a significant role in our winemaking program moving forward.”

JENNIFER McCLOUD - proprietor
Chrysalis Vineyard Middleburg, Virginia