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Hungary as a Wine Region

An Introduction to Hungarian Wines

Hungary, which is located in the central part of Europe, has a long history of winemaking dating back to the Roman times.

Although the country has gained the global reputation for just a couple of wines, it’s been in the wine industry as a producer of diverse wine styles for centuries.

This is one of the very few European countries with its own wine vocabulary. The tough to find and hard to pronounce wines from Hungary are delicious to taste thus becoming the nation’s pride.

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Hungarian wines are becoming the favorites for the wine lovers from across the world today. Now, I introduce the vines and wines from this European wine country here…

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A Little on the History of Hungarian Wines

As mentioned earlier, vine cultivation has been carried out in the country since the Roman times and thus, it became an important wine producer of the European continent by the middle ages itself.

Tokaji, the world-famous wine style from Hungary was first mentioned during the fifteenth century itself.

It was from the seventeenth century that the sweet wines from Hungary have become popular. Today, this popularity that was gained by the Hungarian sweet wines is well-preserved.

It is noted that during the Communism period, the quality and diversity of Hungarian wines were compromised for higher yields.

Due to these reasons, some of the indigenous grapes of Hungary were almost disappeared.

Current Status of the Hungarian Wines

After about two decades from the fall of Communism, the Hungarian wine industry has started reviving the traditions that existed in the ancient times.

Today, the country is particularly famous for its intense white wines and their sweeter counterparts.

Apart from these, the winemakers have started to experiment with international varieties as well. We could say that this is the time of Hungarian innovation in the wine industry and we could expect some of the finest Hungarian versions of wines made from international grape varieties in the near future.

Furthermore, the country is on its way to recreate and rehabilitate its indigenous grape varieties also. Thus, we can say that there are lots more to come from this wine country for the global wine lovers!

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Wine Regions of Hungary

I would say that the climatic conditions and soils are perfect for vine cultivation in the country.

Thus this small country is embracing as many as 22 wine regions, each with a unique microclimate and producing wines of different tastes and styles.

The recent laws that are passed in the country officially grouped these 22 wine regions into some larger groups, which are:

  • Balaton and its sub-regions
  • Duna and its sub-regions
  • Eger and its sub-regions
  • Észak-Dunántúl and its sub-regions
  • Pannon and its sub-regions
  • Sopron and its sub-regions
  • Tokaj

Among these, Tokaj is the best-known wine region of the country and is noted for the long warmer autumns and mists that are creating the ideal conditions for noble rot.

This is contributing for the botrytised grapes for which the Tokaj is more popular.

Wine Grapes in Hungary

The most important grape varieties that are found in the vineyards of Hungary at present includes the traditional, regional, as well as the international (French origin) varieties.

As such, the most important traditional varieties include the following:

  • Furmint
  • Hárslevelü
  • Olasrizling
  • Leankya
  • Kéknyelű
  • Kadarka
  • Blaufränkisch
  • Zweigelt
  • Portugieser
  • Zierfandler

The other grape varieties that are grown in Hungary include the following:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
  • Zöld Veltlini
  • Ezerjó
  • Irsai Oliver
  • Cserszegi Fűszeres
  • Királyleányka
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Kövérszőlő
  • Zéta

Author

Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam

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I am Tharani, I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the wine industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with best wines in the world. Stay tuned..

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