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...

  • 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 ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

    Hungarian wines have been sung and written about for thousands of years, occupying a prominent po...

  • Black Castle

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

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • Egri Bikaver

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

  • István Szepsy


  • 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

  • Hetszolo Tokaj Furmint Dry 2006


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Megiddo

  • Chateau Dereszla Furmint Tokaji 2003

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    Wine review by winetraveller

  • Château Henye Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by FernandoCabada

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


    Available at 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

  • Oremus Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2000


    Excellent wine. This one of the best tokaji wineries. They are the same producers as the "Vega Sicilia" wine. Great taste and excellent aroma Read More

    Wine review by Gonzalo

  • Egri Merlot Vitavin Ungern Eger Roda Viner 2002


    I've tasted many different red wines and EGRI Pinot Noir and EGRI Merlot are pretty good!! It's totally affordable and for those who don't like dry wine the pinot is on the light, sweeter side. Egri is hard to find and I can only buy it on base. Read More

    Wine review by Winelover29

  • Pannonhalmi Apatsagi Riesling 2007


    Very oily nose of petrol, plastic and some delicate sugars. Very crisp with solid acidity. Not a sweet wine at all, this is a petrol driven riesling with great mouthfeel, peaches and pear flavors. Very citrus driven finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Nemes Kadarka Boranal 2005


    Spicy, rich, fruity. Simple excellent. Read More

    Wine review by lady am

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