Hungarian Wine

Hungarian wine has ancient origins, dating back to at least the 5th century, when the Romans occupied the land then known as Pannonia. The Huns, the Magyars, and other tribes who migrated into the country had a “Blood Treaty” ritual, dripping blood into wine and drinking it to seal pacts. Since the Romans had already done the work setting up the vineyards, the tribes could spend their time more wisely with the conquering and the pillaging. The 13th century Mongolian invasion laid waste to much of the cultivated land. King Bela IV brought peace to Hungary, and made it a priority to rebuild the vineyards, inviting people from other countries to bring in vines and grow a diverse wine culture. The towns Sopron and Eger became known for their high quality wines which were exported throughout Europe by the end of his rule in 1270, and Hungarian kings continued to emphasize wine production through various edicts. By the time of the 15th century rule of King Matthias Corvinus, Hungary had developed Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Hungary View all

  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Kadarka

    History of the grape: Kadarka is a dark-skinned, red grape that is best known as the main varietal in that Hungarian ...

Subregions of Hungary

  • Tokaj

    Tokaj is the prized sweet wine of Hungary, produced in the northeast Tokaj-Hegyalja region, at ...

  • Badacsony

  • Balaton

Popular Wineries in Hungary View all

  • Grof Degenfeld

    Winery - History Of German-Hungarian descent the counts of Degenfeld family history leads back t...

  • Egri Bikaver

    Egri Bikavér ("Bull's Blood of Eger") is Hungary's most famous red wine. It comes from the Eger...

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

    Hungarian wines have been sung and written about for thousands of years, occupying a prominent po...

  • Black Castle

    You may not be familiar with Hungarian wines, even though Hungary has been producing great wine f...

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

    The Royal Tokaji Wine Company, founded in Hungary in 1989, has become one of the most defining wi...

  • Egervin Vineyard

    Egervin Vineyard Co. Ltd. takes enormous pride in a tradition of wine making that spans several d...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Lefty - we all grow and learn. I didn't buy any whites for many years and ... ... 1998 or so when I was in Hungary I drank almost exclusively whites and wrote tasting notes and paid attention and realized that I was missing out on a lot.About three years ago for some reason I decided to try an American Chardonnay. Hadn't bothered with those fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A new love for the whites


  • Greg, if you do the Furmint v. Chenin test, I want to be there.  I like my ... ... I'd love to go to Hungary with the GregT passport--probably right up there with the Langhe with GdP's blessing.Trousseau does hit me as one of those slightly generic light reds--Frappato is in the same ballpark, but has more potential for interest.  Still, with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the ... Greg brought a shiner from Hungary/Tokaj of the 2013 vintage, and I'm already interested in helping import the stuff, whether it be a case for me on my next trip or something bigger.These CdlR's are not worth the price of admission. However, it made for a fun si... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • EM, we're about 2 years from retirement, the kids are out of college with ... adventure when we retire and Hungary came up in the discussion. We'd love to hear all about your trip after you get back.  We purchased that dry furmint at a local wine store here in Charlotte.  I paid $23 for that bottle and would do so again. Your best bet to find ... Read More

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  • Kiralyudvar Tokaji Furmint Sec 2013

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    Very interesting Tokaji Furmint Sec. Normally these grapes are used to produce an awesome sweet dessert wine so when I saw this dry version I had to try it. On the nose is a nice blast of something floral, akin to honeysuckle. The palate is loaded with ripe pear, honey, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon pith. There is a bit of a mouthcoating ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Pajzos Megyer Chateau Megyer Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 1993

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Szent Gyorgy-Hegyi Szurkebarat 2005

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    An excellent semi sweet wine that can be cosumed with confidence. No headaches! Read More

    Wine review by loujo


  • Charlotte Victoria - you make some assumptions that may not be true in any way. ... or Napa in CA, or Eger in Hungary. They're central and easy to get to and you don't have to drive from one place to another.Mostly, in a larger sense, you haven't defined "wine tourism" at all. When I was in the business, I would go to taste wine somewhere. Then... Read More

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  • The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to ... ... as they were in 1990. Hungary is a small country. Is Tokaj really the best place to inves Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • No, I don't believe it is the same guy - based on this:Antinori responded ... in Bátaapáti, Hungary.The name of Antinori can be traced back to 11th Century Troy, in the Iliad of Homer, where Prince Antenor, in exchange for allowing the wooden horse "bearing gifts" to enter the gates of Troy, was later spared his life. He then fled Troy (or wha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Hi. I am a new member of Smooth, and I am located in the EU, not far from Hungary, so I think I can offer you my experience in this issue. In november 2013 "Meraviglioso2" asked about the pharmaceutically effects of the Hungarian wines, especially of a Pinot Noir from a pharmacy. I do not think that Hungarian wines are more effective in the ther...

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