Leading Hungary winemaker Laszlo Bussay dies

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One of Hungary's greatest winemakers, Dr László Bussay, died yesterday after a long illness, aged 56.

Bussay was born on 4 June 1958 in Baranya, Southern Hungary. After graduating and working for a small time as a doctor in Pécs, he went to Muraszemenye, Zala, a small village in South-West Hungary, to be the family doctor of five villages. He established his winery in Csörnyeföld in 1988, a village on the border of Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, where he worked day and nighttime to build up a very renowned winery of 5.5 hectares.His Olaszrizling, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Traminer wines were considered to be amongst the top whites of Hungary.He won a number of Grand Prixs for his wines at international wine competitions and in 2006 Decanter magazine crowned his Esküvé 2004 as one of the top 10 Rieslings in the world.Until his death, he worked as a doctor and http://1000-facts-about-wine.com parallel to it, as a winemaker and became the leading producer of the Zala wine province. A philosophical man, Bussay had a fantastic knowledge of wine, and opened the eyes of many local young vinegrowers to see the huge potential of the terroir of the Zala province.In 2009 he was elected to be a freeman of Zala and in 2013 he was awarded a state distinction, the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.Bussay leaves in the rear a wife and two daughters.

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