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

  • Merlot

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

  • Hárslevelü

  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

  • 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

  • Badacsony

    Badacsony is just one of the Balaton Wine regions.

  • Balaton

    Wines from the Balaton, or Balaton Wine, includes four of the official wine regions of Hungary....

  • Tokaj

    Tokaj is the prized sweet wine of Hungary, produced in the northeast Tokaj-Hegyalja region, at ...

Popular Wineries in Hungary View all

  • István Szepsy


  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • 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...

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • 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

  • Royal Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2003


    One of the best balanced of the 5 puttonyos type that I've had. It has the salient characteristics of top styles of white dessert wines: Like a solid Sauternes, it has soft, sweet oak, rich, never cloying fruit sweetness and a lightning bolt of acidity (clementine) bringing everything together. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Dry 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by ariz

  • Egervin Red Blend Egri Bikavér Bulls Blood 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Nobunaga73

  • Peter Vida Szekszárd Vida Szekszárdi Kadarka Rouge 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by harm

  • Egervin Cabernet Sauvignon Varhegy Burgberg 2001


    My ex-boss and I shared a bottle of this wine 1 winter and I have never forgotten it. The bottle broke but I still have the label. I have been searching for this wine for 5 years. This is one of the best wines out there. I love it and when I can get my hands on a bottle, I will be one happy camper. Read More

    Wine review by booarisky

  • Vinum Regum Rex Vinorum Tokaji Aszú 3 Puttonyos Nyulászó 1997


    Tokai is my favourite on general, but this one especially... the world of diplomats did not allow this to the official parties yet, and that's a pity. Read More

    Wine review by Lafemmediplomatique

  • Thummerer Egri Bikaver 2000


    Clean, medium intensity. Slight raisin aroma. Medium-sweet. Read More

    Wine review by seanbuckley

  • Marika Nemes Kadarka 2009


    Similar to the Boranal Nemes Kadarka, I found this to be a fair replacement while awaiting the vineyard that makes Boranal to recover. Smooth flavor with no aftertaste.**Edit June 30, 09** I have found a few of the bottles that I currently have are slightly carbonated, which to me really ruins the flavor and in-the-mouth feel of the wine. I'm re... Read More

    Wine review by eric4x4

  • Tokaji Furmint Quality Wine NV


    This wine has an interesting intensive smell of green apples. Wine itself, has typical acidic taste of furmint. It tastes better when it's a bit colder (about 15-20 min. in fridge), and decanted for about 20 minutes. Unfortunately this wine is short and watery - which may be the reflection of it's low price. Read More

    Wine review by JMSkelnik

  • Nemes Kadarka Boranal 2005


    I found this wine when introduced by a friend of mine. I love the smooth feel in the mouth and the lack of any bite afterward. By far one of my favourite wines. Read More

    Wine review by eric4x4

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