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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • István Szepsy

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

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

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

  • Egri Bikaver

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

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Donausonne 2006

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    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 2006

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    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

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    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 5 Puttonyos 1993

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lukka


  • Royal Tokaji Essencia 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by mactheguy


  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1999

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    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


  • Dr. Wein Eger Egri Merlot Cuvee 2003

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    Semi-sweet red wine made of variety Merlot, Cabernet and Kekfrankos. It has ... red color. When traveling in Hungary we learned that this cellar is located in Eger region, one of the best known locations in Hungary. Dr.Wein Eger holds a crucial position in the Eger region and secures whole proces of wine production from growing its own grape t... Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Domain Saint Orbán Sauvignon Blanc 2005

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    Far too acidic and tort for my liking. Nothing impressive to say about this one. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


  • Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos Nyulaszo 1993

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    I love tokai everyday Read More

    Wine review by STR


  • Pannonhalmi Apatsagi Pinceszet Rajnai Rizling 2006

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    Nose doesnt offer much, but its an interesting wine after that. Very tart, spicy and a little floral. Not oily or mineral like the average riesling, i'd compare it to some simpler italian whites Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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