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...

  • Hárslevelü

  • 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

  • István Szepsy

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

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • 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...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Not too keen on Mission and their prices, Greg. Milano's has always been ... (Bull's Blood of Eger), Hungary's longtime flagship red. It sems that the quality is still pretty much the same as the first time I bought it around 40 years ago. Well worth it @ $8 a crack. Not so with Leese-Fitch 2013 (Napa) Cabernet Sauvignon. I'd been looking to t... Read More

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  • "You think that by being a locavore you are also being a tree ... and ... and Germany and Austria and Hungary that got cut down within the last few hundred years, in some cases fairly recently.Gutenberg and the Reformation were not anything to impede that. Needed more fullblown democracy, the post-Industrial Rev morass, Luddite traditions, the... Read More

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  • That's all fine and welcome to the site! There are many fine wines that you ... ... Chile, South Africa, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, New York, Washington, California, and elsewhere. And the good news is that they're usually on the less expensive side, even for the good ones. It could be a fun little projec Read More

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  • Absolutely you said it, and I have rarely laughed so hard.Just got the email ... ... Austria (Edna Valley and Hungary), a couple Vinho Verdes, including one I had to make a new CT entry for, and even a Mencia from Bierzo, nothing more than $18, lots of them waay less.  And I splurged for a CUNE Reserva.  All of which is what led to the SIWBM t... Read More

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  • Evolucio Furmint 2013

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    Binny's 5/2016. Not as good as I had hoped. When trying a wine from a new region for me personally, I am always anticipating a block buster. It was a good wine and maybe considering the price I should rate it higher, just not the GREAT find I was pining for. Consumed at our deck party last evening. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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