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...

  • Kadarka

    History of the grape: Kadarka is a dark-skinned, red grape that is best known as the main varietal in that Hungarian ...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Marika Merlot Semi-Sweet 2004

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    Wine review by kane


  • Gere Pincészet Villány Kopár Cuvèe 2003

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    very powerful, lots of texture and quite long. bombastic start, beautiful wine, Hungary at its best! Read More

    Wine review by deselby


  • Disznókó Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1993

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bellajocko


  • Pajzos Tokaji Aszu Esszencia 1993

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    No written review

    Wine review by YEYO


  • In April 2008 the name of an important Italian wine denomination will cease to ... that it was imported from Hungary, despite its lack of resemblance to any Hungarian variety. Anyway, Tocai was documented in Friuli as early as 1771. Some ampelographic research has identified it to be the same as the Sauvignonasse, a vine, as the name suggests,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Say goodbye to Tocai


  • Torri Mor Pinot Blanc Oregon 2006

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    Could use more acidity and fruit, but for 12 bucks you get a bone-dry Oregon white. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Jozsef Bock Red Blend Villány Cuvée Barrique 1998

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    Powerhouse wine!! Absolutely delicious. Deep dark stone fruit notes, buffeted by aromas of freshly turned earth and moist bark. Black cherry flavors tickle the tongue with a hint of cinnamon-spice in the back of the palate.A marvelous wine that I would pair with a nice steak or duck. Delicious!! Read More

    Wine review by ChefShaya


  • Takler Rosé Blend Szekszárd Szekszárdi Bikaver Reserve 2004

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    This is actually red, not rosé. Beautifully crafted full bodied wine with a very deep, nearly black color. Nice use of oak, with toasty-smoky notes over prunes. Very smooth, no scratchy tannins, not too high on alcohol. Recommended winter choice, try also with chocolate. I haven't tried the 2003 vintage, but it is said to be even better. Read More

    Wine review by gabor


  • While most people were inside staying out of last weeks icy cold weather, ... ... ... like Austria, Australia, Hungary, and the United States also can make ice wine. Niagara wineries expect a good harvest this year, and anticipate their first release this spring.Sadly, Ive never tried ice wine, but I plan on changing that very soon with the 20... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine Harvest Begins!


  • Szõlõskert Pinot Grigio Estate Nagyréde 2006

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    Green apple on the nose, nicely crisp with tangerine and some spice. Decent spice on the finish of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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