The daughter and granddaughter of artisanal winemakers in Northeast Hungary, Csilla was introduced to the craft at a young age. Among her experiences as a schoolgirl, she even spent compulsory ‘vacation harvest weeks’ in the vineyards, picking grapes and maintaining vines to help meet the consumption needs of the Russian market in the years before the Wall fell.
Seeing greater opportunity abroad, Csilla seized it in 1991 as one of the first ten Hungarian citizens to receive a visa to enter in the U.S. where as a recent high school graduate she remained for seven months before returning to Hungary to pursue her college education. After earning her degree, she entered the emerging technology field where she held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing for International Computers Limited.
She returned to the United States permanently in 1997 where she continued her career in marketing – while concurrently earning her bachelor’s degree in the field from City University of New York. In 2009, she embarked on her entrepreneurial ambitions, coupling it with her interest in wine. She established Hungarian Wine USA and working in cooperation with the Hungarian agriculture ministry helped selected producers gain access to the market. During her frequent trips back to Hungary where she refined her understanding of the commercial winemaking process, Csilla gained an appreciation for the role of barrel-making in the production of fine wine. In 2011, she pivoted her business to serving U.S. winemakers and the importation of Hungarian barrels. After creating Hungarian Oak Barrels LLC and successfully representing a third-party cooperage for several years, Csilla created her own brand in 2017 with the launch of Taosh Barrels. Today Csilla’s company serves winemakers in every commercial wine-producing state in the U.S. as well as producers in Australia.