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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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


  • 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...

  • 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...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Evinor Tokaji Harslevelu 2004


    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

  • Egri Muskotaly 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Ouguiya

  • Now that its officially the holidays, the party invitations are starting to ... countries such as Austria, Hungary, and Germany and makes wines with lots of honey and exotic flavors.Raisinated wines, such as Recioto and Passito can also make for a great dessert wine.  The grapes are picked and left to dry on mats making the grapes raisins maki... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's for dessert?

  • Marika Balatoni Merlot Semi Sw


    No written review

    Wine review by Jonathanb

  • Egri Bikaver Red Blend Bull's Blood of Eger 2003


    good after one day Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2006


    No nose but an interesting array of flavours on the palate - clean, minerally, citrus, slightly honeyed, apricoty. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Pannonhalmi Apátsági Pincészet Tramini 2007


    Subtle on the nose with a waxy, smoky edge to the honied fruit graced with floral tones and a bright lemon drop top note. Ripe and fleshy in the mouth with adequate acidity supporting the tropical tinged fruit with a hint of rosewater on the finish. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Szent Gyorgy-Hegyi Szurkebarat 2005


    The Szent Gyorgy-hill is one of the oldest wine region in Hungary on the Northern shores of Balaton. Here the production of Pinot Gris is traditional since the 17 -18th centuries. Its characteristic fragrance iswell preserved within this acid-rich, full bodied Pannonian wine typical for the region. The wine keeps its harmonious status for long y... Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • Vivamus Zweigelt 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by wolszczak

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