After retiring from a successful career in a multinational IT company in 2012, Reijo Itkonen (who is Finish) and his wife Judit Pap (who is Hungarian) decided to pursue their passion for wine. They headed to the southern Hungarian region of Villány, where they acquired land in the prestigious vineyards of Kopár and Harkány. They experienced such great potential Harkány—which is located on the Tenkes hill, in the western part of the region—that they decided to expand their land there, and in 2016 they purchased three more vineyards on the same hill. In 2016 they also started farming their vineyards organically. This 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a part of the Tenkes vineyard called Akastófa dűlő (which translates as “Hanging tree” vineyard, hence the name). The grapes were fermented in stainless steel, and then matured in Hungarian oak barrels for 18 months. This is a gorgeous wine, with warm smoky and licorice aromas. In the glass, it is nicely balanced, with a lush fruitiness, and hints of mint. The Rejiji wines share a nice rich, ripe, concentrated and almost jammy style that lover’s of Mediterranean and/or Californian wines would very much appreciate. This wine would go nicely with steak, burgers, mushroom, or bacon dishes.