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

  • Kadarka

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • István Szepsy

    THE SZEPSY FAMILY HAS BEEN CULTIVATING VINE AND PRODUCING WINE SINCE THE END OF THE 16TH CENTURY...

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • 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...

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

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

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Donausonne Blaufränkisch 2010

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    I enjoy this particular wine, but I have had a hard to finding a distributor of it in Puerto Rico. Any suggestions on how to avoid shipping costs? Read More

    Wine review by zen651


  • Disznókó Tokaji Dry 2009

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    Definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by jwgwine


  • I was thinking more that it's time for a professional like Spurrier to take ... not forget that Austria and Hungary both produce excellent Syrah in several areas. And let's not forget Italy, which can pretty much produce good wine from any grape.It's truly one of my favorite grapes, may even be my fave, but the N. Rhone is a small place in comp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...


  • Here is my best way of explaining it, Preetish.Wines taste "Sweet" if ... France or Tokaj Azsu from Hungary.  Most wine producing countries also produce Dessert Wines although they might be harder to find.  In the United States, it is common to put the words "Late Harvest" on such wines.  Grapes that are late harvested have a high concentration... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!Preetish here..


  • Bor Forras Hajos Baja Cabernet Franc 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mepatton


  • Bor Forras Cuvee Prestige Duna Borregio 2011

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    Wine review by mepatton


  • 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...

    Comment by 1455773Meszaros 1455773 Meszaros


  • Basically, I'm moving half of my CA wines out...what used to make up 50+% ... rest...Oregon/Washington, Hungary, Spain, Bandol, etc.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic How has your cellar changed?


  • Blue Label Tokaji Aszu 5-Puttonyos. the Royal Tokaji Co 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Made it lots of times. It's one of the most popular meats in Hungary so I've had it lots of times over there too. There's a goose festival late in November every year.It's very fatty, like duck, so you'll have lots of goose fat when you're done. But you need to check it often while cooking so it doesn't end up swimming in its own fat - you'll ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Goose? Have you done it?


  • Greg, I had assumed Villany was a cooler climate than Sonoma in general ... ... with what's going on in Hungary, any blogs, or anything of that ilk? Would like to know what a good vintage of that Atilla Gere Merlot might be, among other things like quality Pinot Noir and learning more about their indigenous grapes.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungarian Pinot Noir good for...


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