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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Hungary View all

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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

  • 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...

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • Black Castle

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

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2005

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    Wine review by Dan S


  • Tokaji Szamorodni Sweet 1996

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    It's a completely satisfactory wine that was really good when drunk fresh. ... this when I was living in Hungary on a regular basis when I couldn't afford Aszú. No offense to the readers, it's like the really cute girl next door that you used to drool over that you met at the class reunion. It will either become tired, burnt out, dry messed... Read More

    Wine review by sleepingforest47


  • Gere Pincészet Villány Kopár Cuvèe 2003

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    Wine review by ablaho


  • Egri Muskotaly 2004

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    Good bang for your buck, but nothing fancy Read More

    Wine review by fallonbowman


  • Hetszolo Tokaj Furmint Dry 2006

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    Think I got some unusual mirabelle (sweet yellow plum) character in nose & mouth as it wamrs up...subtle flower/herb notes unfortunately fade into indefinition rather than evolve. Still my current alternative to Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis for a food-friendly ( I cook an herby-spicy Caribbean veggie scramble variation) balanced, perfumed white. Read More

    Wine review by zenSolo


  • Hétszölötokaji Furmint 2007

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    Yellow staw colour. Clean bouquet of apple, peaches and dried herbs. Crisp fresh acidity. Apricots and walnuts in the mouth. Great price:quality Read More

    Wine review by Laurapal


  • Egri Bikaver 'bull's Blood' Red 2010

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    Wine review by Megiddo


  • Chateau Dereszla Furmint Tokaji 2003

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    http://abel-winetastingnotes.blogspot.com/2009/10/chateau-dereszla-tokaji-2000.html Read More

    Wine review by winetraveller


  • Château Henye Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos 2003

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    Wine review by FernandoCabada


  • The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Nyulászó 1919

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    Available at melangewines.com 91 points Wine Spectator: Distinctive. Deep in color, with a hint of oxidation on the nose, this plays bracing acidity against moderate sweetness and smoky apricot flavors. Really engages the palate in an intellectual way. Fine, lingering finish. Needs food. Drink now through 2015. Read More

    Wine review by vindood


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