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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Eva's Vineyard Merlot-Kefrankos 2004

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    Actually quaffable for the low price. It was straightforward, with Kefrankos (Blaufrankisch in Austria) supplying much of the red cherry and spice flavors, and Merlot contributing body and softer textures. Not sure I would go out of my way for this one, as there are much better Hungarian red blends out there. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • St. Andrea Egri Bikaver 2002

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    This is a beautiful wine from a vineyard that cares more for excellence than quantity. This is a great introductory wine for those interested in Hungarian reds. Read More

    Wine review by nevamorre


  • Grof Degenfeld Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by mattsvensson


  • Donausonne Blaufränkisch 2006

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    been a fan since 2003. great taste and price Read More

    Wine review by girlwithredwine


  • Royal Tokaji Furmint 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by cbarbata


  • New York, NY (February 13, 2009) Snooth announces the Inaugural Open That ... ... and Oregon, France, Italy, Hungary, New Zealand and Australia. Based in Napa Valley, Wilson Daniels Ltd. strives to maintain the high standards set by founders Win Wilson and Jack Daniels with a keen focus on developing long-term strategic partnerships with fami... Read More

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  • Egri Menoire 2007

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    We were suprised by the quality of the wine. Solid fruit flavor, intense red color and flower-like aroma make this a solid table wine. Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Torley Kft Hungaria Grande Cuvee

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jenfoye


  • Evinor Tokaji Harslevelu 2004

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    Mild tokaj, nothing out of the average, good with light food. Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • As I mentioned in my previous post, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) ... ... of Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria(!!!), Greece and Cyprus. This tasting will be a real eye-opener.Everything about Italy crammed into just 3 classes?But each of Italys 20 region is like a separate country theres little regional overlap of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The WSET Diploma Mise-en-Scène


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