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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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


  • 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...

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  • Monarchia Chardonnay Egri Chardonnay Battonage 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by boddles

  • Szepsy Dulo Tokaji Sarga Muskotaly 2004


    I agree with what the label says. This is an intensive muscat with noticable taste of peach, banana and apple. Goes well with entrees and desserts. Fine with wine. Tasted better when chilled. Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • Marika Merlot Semi-Sweet 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by ChefPrivato

  • Royal Tokaji Furmint 2005


    A very interesting wine - very reminiscent of a dry version of the sweet Hungarian wines. Strong aromas of stones on the nose. Very dry and steely, but it has a unique intense fruitiness - things like dried sultanas, honey and apricots. Its almost sweet from this fruit. Very interesting. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Donausonne Blaufränkisch 2006


    The first time I had this wine was at a tasting in Downtown KC. I serve it alot at my dinner parties and Aloette Shows! Read More

    Wine review by AloeChickie

  • Donausonne Blaufränkisch 2006


    Smooth, full bodied, berriesksemi-sweet; not tart or bitter. Good tasting at either room temperature or chilled. Great with a variety of meats, especially barbque or salmon. Read More

    Wine review by jaye1

  • Árvay János Tokaji Essencia 2000


    Any chance to taste a wine that is served by the spoonful is a rare occasion. One of the most unique taste sensations I've ever had. So concentrated and sweet. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Disznókó Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1993


    No written review

    Wine review by Lukka

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company Essencia 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by mactheguy

  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1999


    Honey and raisin nose, very good acidity. This is a thick syrupy wine. Surprisingly tart finish. Served with a basil and olive oil cake (ok), followed by chocolate cake (awesome!) Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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