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Cserszegi Fűszeres grapes

by | Dec 20, 2016

Cserszegi Fűszeres is a white wine producing grape variety grown in Baja, Hajós, Buda and Etyek regions in Hungary.
Cserszegi Fűszeres

It is a hybrid grape variety created by crossing Roter Traminer and Irsai Oliver grape varieties. Wines made from this grape are referred to as spiced wines in Hungary.

They are usually dry or half dry. The variety is not known outside Hungary but it has made itself successful enough to have its own varietal! It is also known by the name Cserszegi Fűszeries in some of the regions in Hungary.

The vine of Cserszegi Fűszeres grape is resistant to cold weather and so the buds are plucked in the late season when they ripen to their full extent.

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After plucking they are gently pressed to take out the juice and kept as it is for some time. Varietals made from the grape do not have a very good aging potential but can be kept for some duration in bottles.

Oak fermentation is generally not done for this grape variety. The acidity of the wine is fairly high which attracts many wine tasters towards it.

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Origin of Cserszegi Fűszeres

Cserszegi Fűszeres was created in 1960 when károly Bakonyi of Pannon University crossed Roter Traminer and Irsai Oliver grape varieties. Other details about its origin are still not known.

The grape was a successful cross which the professor made.

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To honour his study and experiment, this grape should be preserved for the next generation to help them encourage to discover more grape varieties which will give a unique taste to the wines.

Experiments on the wine are being done to bring out more flavours and aromas to make better wines out of it.

The vine has been in the history of Hungarian wines since a number of years now and so it has become very important to preserve it for furthers years to show people all over the world about the achievement of creating such a grape from two entirely different grape varieties.

Features of Cserszegi Fűszeres

Cserszegi Fűszeres vine has a very high yield. The berries have large sugar content. The vine is less sensitive to cold weather. Wines made from it are either dry or half dry.

They have a distinctive aroma. In mouth they are spicy and have a harmonious acidic level. The buds of the vine ripen in late season, around end of September. Since the vine is resistive to cold and frost, the berries are not damaged at all.

The wines also show notes of peaches. There are tastes of grapefruit and lemon as well which gives it a unique touch. A very few varietals of the wine can also be found.

Not many grapes in the region are make to make full bodied wines. Cserszegi Fűszeres is among those grapes and is therefore important for the region’s economy.

You must try the wines if you get a chance to visit Hungary and if you are fond of tasting various varieties of white wines.

 Food Pairing

Cserszegi Fűszeres wine is mostly cherished with pasta with peas and ricotta. It can also be taken with slay dishes and vegetable salads. It can also be consumed with peanuts and dishes containing olives.

Curry with eggplant and tamarind is said to taste well with wines made from Cserszegi Fűszeres grape variety. You can enjoy the flavour of the wine with roasted cheese with thyme-infused stuffing.

It can also be enjoyed with sheep’s milk cheese and potato chips. Mushroom risotto is said to give a ravishing taste to the wine.

Salted dishes and sushi are among the dishes which can be enjoyed with Cserszegi Fűszeres grape wines.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

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