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Green Hungarian grapes

by | Jan 6, 2017

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Green Hungarian is a range of white wine grape which today is mostly found in the region of California.

Green Hungarian

This grape variety is popularly known under several names such as Butschera (in the regions of Hungary) and Putzcheere (in the regions of Germany).

In fact, Green Hungarian is a Californian name for Butschera. In the recent times, the plantation and development of this white wine grape have reached to a hard hitting declining number.

This variety of white wine grape is mostly used as the blending variety and is blended into a number of wines from California in order to enhance their taste.

In the region of Germany, where this variety of white wine grape is termed as Putzcheer, it is used in the form of a table grape and is used in the preparation of various white wines of the world.

This variety of white wine grape mostly originates from the border area that lies in between Romania and Hungary which is also referred to as the Carpathians.

It is said that in the former times, this variety of white wine grape was very much cultivated in the regions of central as well as Eastern Europe, where this variety was considered as a high-yielding grape for all the simple wines.

Not only this; the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are also used as a table grape in a few regions.

This variety of white wine grape serves as a very high yielding grape variety which further contributes to the creation of various simple white wines of the world.

This variety of white wine grape is mostly taken into use as a blending variety in various other wines produced in its very region. The grapes of this white wine grape variety are very high in quality and are welcoming on the field.

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Unfortunately, despite of the superior qualities of this white wine grape variety, it is slowly coming to an end. This grape was once very much common in the region of California.

However, with time the production and cultivation of this white wine grape variety was declined in terms of its popularity.

Also, the production as well as cultivation of this white wine grape variety has today become very limited and rare in the regions of Europe.

The peasants are not taking sufficient interest in the plantation and cultivation of the Green Hungarian vines.

Green Hungarian is known under a number of synonyms such as Bela Pelesovna, Belline, Bela Selenika, Bockseckel, Elender, Grune, Selena, Glockauer, Pelesovna, Gyongyszolo, Gyongy Szolo, Geinisch Rot, Lelt Szoeloe, Hinschen Weiss, Putchir, Misera, Putscheere Bleu, Putzxheere, Raifler, Rothreifler, Talburger, Tokayer, Ungar, Tokauer, Sauerlamper, Weisser Tokayer as well as Zuti Krhkopetec respectively.

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Origin of the Green Hungarian grapes

The origin of this white wine grape variety is a little uncertain in nature. Although a lot of experts suggest, that this white wine grape variety shares a very close relationship and connections with Agoston Haraszthy, which is a Hungarian count and is often referred to as the father of the Californian Viticulture.

Also, it is believed that in the year 1959, the vineyards of Weibel presented a very tiny white wine which was known by the name of Green Hungarian.

During that time, it was obscure, but slowly it managed its connection with the viticulture of California. Unfortunately, the growth and plantation of this white wine grape variety have come to a halt these days.

Wines with Green Hungarian grapes

Characteristics of Green Hungarian Wines

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are very fresh, unique and pleasant as to their nature. These wines are also the neutral wines that are very tasteful and they retain fair levels of both, sugar as well as acidity.

Today, the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are sold only by a few vintners. The leading seller of this white wine grape variety are the vineyards of Weibel where this grape variety still continues to be among the list of one of the leading sellers.

Food pairing with Green Hungarian wine

Since the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are very much neutral in nature, they are often paired with the food items such as California rolls, vegetable salad, macroni pasta as well as seared scallops tabled with pickled ginger.


Michael Bredahl

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