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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Furmint

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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

  • István Szepsy


  • Grof Degenfeld

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Becky - it's not so much that grapes favor poor soil, it's that often ... to various pieces of land.In Hungary, as in most places, the better wines often come from grapes grown on the hillsides. But I also think Jon meant "rich" for wine purposes, which may not be the same as rich for growing tomatoes or wheat. And in places like Tokaj for exa... Read More

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  • See, this is why I'm here. Thanks for the information!Sorry to twang a ... ... a ... Blood, but getting to Hungary is not on the schedule for September (or October or November . . . .) It sounds like autumn would be an ideal time to go there, since I'd imagine the game would be bountiful.I do drink Barefoot, Apothic, Layer Cake, Yellowtail, a... Read More

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  • Emark - quite the opus! And you forgot our friends Zuf and Dmucker!But Becky -I ... game, which they do love in Hungary. In Eger, where the best Bull's Blood comes from and which claims (controversially) to be where the name Bull's Blood comes from, they have several restaurants specializing in game, particularly the deer that lives nearby. Per... Read More

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  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... that aren't cliche, like Hungary and Lebanon. Some of the wines that I've tried are just so-so, as one would expect, but some have been exceptional.You are obviously an enthusiast as well, and have the advantage of being in wine country. What BC wines do you rec... Read More

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  • Bor Forrás Hajós-Baja 2013


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    Wine review by Jerem47

  • Evolucio Tokaj Furmint 2012


    Lovely little white wine had with lunch at Marcello's. Dry, crisp, and bright. Just under-ripe peach and apricot, with bits of green apple, citrus, and herbs. At this price point...crazy Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... Chile, South Africa, Austria/Hungary, New York, Michigan, Spain, Argentina, and I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with you on the trendies. But i... Read More

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  • Well DV, the part I liked was where you put duct tape on the bottles. That ... ... Brunello, Blaufrankisch from Hungary and a Cab from Veneto and finisned a 1/2 bottle of Chardonnay. That was for 4 people. Night before it was another Champagne, 97 Napa Cab, another Brunello, Australian Chardonnay, CdP, and some other tasty Italian thing that I... Read More

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  • Tokaji Aszu 4 Puttonyos 'St. Stephan's Crown' 1995


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    Wine review by sylwestrus

  • Chateau Megyer Furmint Tokaji 2013


    Very neutral on the nose. I detect practically nothing. Light on the tonguesome stone fruit flavors but almost undetectable. Some fruit returns at the back of the palate. In between there is almost a saline taste. Very light bodied. If it had a bit more acid, I would, at least, call it refreshing. Not an expensive wine. So, there is no... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 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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