Volcanic activity on Mount Saint George (Szent György-Hegy) is estimated to have started 8 million years ago and ceased to exist 4-5 million years ago. Gilvesy has been around since the 17th century and is located just a few kilometers north of Lake Balaton. Mount Saint George is covered in vineyards, made up of both old vines and more recent plantings, the vineyards of Gilvesy and many other wineries are grown organically here. Gilvesy aims to preserve and express the uniqueness of the mountain in an authentic way in the wines.
Owner Robert Gilvesy grew up on a tobacco plantation in Canada near one of the Great Lakes called Lake Erie. Thanks to his Hungarian parents and grandparents, Robert was captivated by Hungarian culture from childhood. When he was 15 years old, his parents took their family to Hungary, but it never occurred to him that he would ever live there. Europe intrigued him, and in an earlier career as an architect he lived in Paris, and later in the 1990s, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he moved to Hungary. When he first visited Mount Saint George, he knew it was a unique place he would return to. By 2012, he not only returned, but acquired the skills and vineyards to lay the foundations of Gilvesy Cellars.