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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  • 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

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  • István Szepsy

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

  • Egri Bikaver

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

  • Black Castle

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Well, the grapes for ice wine are harvested much later than the first frost. ... ... It is also illegal in Hungary. It shouldn't be legal in Sauternes either, but they need to put out product and so there you are. BTW, it's how some of the CA "icewines" are mad Read More

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  • Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008

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  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... ... by Cistercian monks to Hungary where it got its name translating to "grey pinecone."  OK, this one wasn't written very clearly.  I did some searching on Cistercian monks and found that their roots are in eastern France and date back to the 11th Century.  From this,... Read More

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  • All sounds good Fox, curious as to what you think of the D&R ... Jordan!, ... Jordan!, and Thummerer from Hungary), not much CA Cab left after this.I'm staying tuned Mark, alway Read More

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  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... or just under 80 gallons.In Hungary they have other sizes, for example one that's 15 liters, or about 13 gallons,You can get barrels in 500 and 700 liter sizes, or pretty much any size you want. The 225 liter barrel has really only become ubiquitous over the las... Read More

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  • I think I need to take a harder look at Spain in 2015 as an early New Years ... Years resolution. Along with Hungary and a few more Germans as well.Re: Rusack, that's interesting Fox. A good memory I have of my dad and I was that we had a grand old time in Catalina dining at their new resort (at the time). I remember having such a nice dinner,... Read More

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  • That would indeed be a fun way to taste for terroir Greg, we need to talk about ... ... of Tokaj (outside of Hungary) that I've come across other than you. Seems like we could do some Burg, Bordeax (or Spain), then cap it off with some Toka Read More

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  • OK, so they grow Blue French and Blue Portuguese wines in Hungary.Have they tought of growing Green Hungarian?    Sorry, I had to.  As usual, an interesting and informative post, Greg.Holy crap.  I just checked Wikipedia.  It says that Green Hungarian actually comes from Hungary.  Up until this moment, I thought it was a hybrid developed in some... Read More

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  • "Green Hungarian" used to be almost common in CA. Recently I met a ... ... he had brought over from Hungary, woven into a kind of wreath so they'd get past customs. He had come over after the revolution in the 1950s and brought these vines which he was now growing to produce wine. But he has no idea what it is. Maybe he just brought over some ... Read More

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