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

  • 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...

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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

  • Black Castle

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

  • István Szepsy


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  • Bor Forras Cuvee Prestige Duna Borregio 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mepatton

  • 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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    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...

  • Jon - you sure it wasn't Thummerer? I know them. Don't know the other.I ... large flat plain in central Hungary. So we know grapes were planted by the Romans. And they were also carried in by Germanic tribes. Later, there were grapes brought in by the Franks when the Holy Roman Empire was in full sway.So nobody really knows where the grapes cam... Read More

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

  • You are of course correct. Somehow a sentence got left out or I deleted it. My ... - even the warm regions in Hungary aren't as warm as some in the US. Szekszárd was the place where Liszt's favorite wine came from. It's a very old wine making region.  You drive north about 300 miles or so starting from Villany and you first go thru Szekszárd a... Read More

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

  • Thanks for chiming in Solomon...I hadn't heard of Szekszard and have looked in to Hungary more than most. When I traveled there in '09 we tasted in Eger and all I heard about was Villany. Sounds like more Pinot Noir is grown in Villany, though maybe it should be the other way around? Read More

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  • Corder said that it's not resveratrol though. He said that other ... ... ... region for red wine in Hungary, a little warmer than some places, but I've had a lot of Hungarian Pinot Noir and it's not all that dark and tannic at all - the stuff from CA is way more healthful if you're looking for anthocyanins and polyphenols!They also have Malbe... Read More

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  • His opinion was that exactly even temperature is actually not ideal, that wines ... ... and even new cellars, in Hungary and France and even Spain where the cellar was carved into a mountainside or excavated under a chateau or other building and the temp remains constant summer and winter.If you have a few hundred feet of mountain on top of you... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How much is too much...

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