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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Hungary

  • Badacsony

    Badacsony is just one of the Balaton Wine regions.

  • Balaton

    Wines from the Balaton, or Balaton Wine, includes four of the official wine regions of Hungary....

  • Tokaj

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

Popular Wineries in Hungary View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • István Szepsy

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2003

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    Wow - a true star of the night. Where as the Kono was reserved and elegant this was forward and seductive. A rich amber in the glass. The bursts with honey, jammy apricot, left over hot caramel toffe, citruss and spice. On the palate this just plain sucks you in. The acidity cuts through the sweetness and with the cinnamon spice provides and cle... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Torri Mor Pinot Blanc 2014

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    Burnt orange citrus on the nose commingles with some earth and vague funk. Lemon and chamomile flower on the palate. The acidity will lick your palate clean. Peony flower and lemon sunburst on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I've got a sri lankan wine dinner in a few weeks and was going to use the ... fruit or even something from Hungary or Bulgaria such as spatbegunder or Blaubegund Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine pairing with Indian?


  • Egri Merlot 2006

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    fabulous start to finish and lightly sweet.. easy drinking Read More

    Wine review by Kristinhartjazz


  • When I first encountered 'Kalimotxo' I joked with my companions that it ... (meaning mushroom), and in Hungary as Vadász (meaning hunter) or vörösboros kóla or VBK for short. In Mozambique and South Africa it is known as Catemba, and in Germany it is sometimes called Kalte Muschi (cold pussy) or Korea. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Crafty


  • Evolucio Furmint 2013

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    Lovely - crisp, vibrant, bracing. Had this beginning lunch. Medium mouthfeel and weight, but perfect as a starter. Did not have with food, but suspect this one would work wonderfully with food, just as it does alone. For the price or much higher, an incredible value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bor Forras Hajos Baja Cabernet Franc 2010

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    I love it, best wine I've ever had Read More

    Wine review by Jacquie212


  • @DMCKERYes I have tried all the wines you mentioned except Icewine. The icewine ... it was in downtown Budapest, Hungary...........I bought a bottle and it actually stayed in contact through the Airports (It was wrapped in bubble wrap). This tokaji came with a ceramic jar which is put into the fridge with the wine prior to serving, both are tak... Read More

    Forum post in the topic ICE WINE


  • Time for another matching quiz, I feel. Will start a thread shortly based around Hungarian food and wine from a real life experience in London... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungary: Kiralyudvar, Gere, etc.


  • Just reading about this producer, obviously a question for GregT, and maybe ... ... Gere SOLUS (100% Merlot) Hungary's unofficial Petrus2012 Fuleky Azsu Late Harvest Pallas  - Need to have some sweet Azsu around, and this seemed like a good, economical option. Further research and funds required before delving into some 5 or 6 Puttonyos/ good ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungary: Kiralyudvar, Gere, etc.


  • 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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