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...

  • Furmint

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • István Szepsy

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

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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

  • 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...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Marika Nemes Kadarka 2009

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    Similar to the Boranal Nemes Kadarka, I found this to be a fair replacement while awaiting the vineyard that makes Boranal to recover. Smooth flavor with no aftertaste.**Edit June 30, 09** I have found a few of the bottles that I currently have are slightly carbonated, which to me really ruins the flavor and in-the-mouth feel of the wine. I'm re... Read More

    Wine review by eric4x4


  • Tokaji Furmint Quality Wine NV

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    This wine has an interesting intensive smell of green apples. Wine itself, has typical acidic taste of furmint. It tastes better when it's a bit colder (about 15-20 min. in fridge), and decanted for about 20 minutes. Unfortunately this wine is short and watery - which may be the reflection of it's low price. Read More

    Wine review by JMSkelnik


  • Nemes Kadarka Boranal 2005

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    I found this wine when introduced by a friend of mine. I love the smooth feel in the mouth and the lack of any bite afterward. By far one of my favourite wines. Read More

    Wine review by eric4x4


  • Château Dereszla Tokaji Muskotály Late Harvest 2000

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    The year 2000 was one of the best harvest for the Tokaji Aszu wines. Long summer and moist fogy fall was perfect condition for the Bortrytis. (Noble Rot) This vintage will be remembered.The color is Liquid Gold and the nose like an orchard of orange blossoms and a touch of sweet Bortrytis. The aromas and flavors of honey and orange enrobe the ... Read More

    Wine review by WineDineTV


  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company Aszu 6 Puttonyos 1993

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    Had it tonight. (14.03.09) I don't know... Seems this is the closest I've ever gotten to have liquid gold in my mouth, and believe me, that sounds a lot better than what the -93 actually taste like. Read More

    Wine review by jornostikos


  • Tokaji Tokaji Szamorodni 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by llsanti


  • 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


  • Egri Bikaver Tibor Gal 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


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