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

  • 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...

  • Hárslevelü

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Egri Bikaver

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

  • 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...

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  • EM, we're about 2 years from retirement, the kids are out of college with ... adventure when we retire and Hungary came up in the discussion. We'd love to hear all about your trip after you get back.  We purchased that dry furmint at a local wine store here in Charlotte.  I paid $23 for that bottle and would do so again. Your best bet to find ... Read More

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  • Kiralyudvar Tokaji Furmint Sec 2013


    Very interesting Tokaji Furmint Sec. Normally these grapes are used to produce an awesome sweet dessert wine so when I saw this dry version I had to try it. On the nose is a nice blast of something floral, akin to honeysuckle. The palate is loaded with ripe pear, honey, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon pith. There is a bit of a mouthcoating ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Pajzos Megyer Chateau Megyer Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 1993


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    Wine review by mark

  • Szent Gyorgy-Hegyi Szurkebarat 2005


    An excellent semi sweet wine that can be cosumed with confidence. No headaches! Read More

    Wine review by loujo

  • Charlotte Victoria - you make some assumptions that may not be true in any way. ... or Napa in CA, or Eger in Hungary. They're central and easy to get to and you don't have to drive from one place to another.Mostly, in a larger sense, you haven't defined "wine tourism" at all. When I was in the business, I would go to taste wine somewhere. Then... Read More

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  • The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to ... ... as they were in 1990. Hungary is a small country. Is Tokaj really the best place to inves Read More

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  • No, I don't believe it is the same guy - based on this:Antinori responded ... in Bátaapáti, Hungary.The name of Antinori can be traced back to 11th Century Troy, in the Iliad of Homer, where Prince Antenor, in exchange for allowing the wooden horse "bearing gifts" to enter the gates of Troy, was later spared his life. He then fled Troy (or wha... Read More

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  • Well, the grapes for ice wine are harvested much later than the first frost. ... ... It is also illegal in Hungary. It shouldn't be legal in Sauternes either, but they need to put out product and so there you are. BTW, it's how some of the CA "icewines" are mad Read More

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  • Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008


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    Wine review by Chloe Liew

  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... ... by Cistercian monks to Hungary where it got its name translating to "grey pinecone."  OK, this one wasn't written very clearly.  I did some searching on Cistercian monks and found that their roots are in eastern France and date back to the 11th Century.  From this,... Read More

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