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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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 ...

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

  • 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...

  • Black Castle

    You may not be familiar with Hungarian wines, even though Hungary has been producing great wine f...

  • Grof Degenfeld

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

  • István Szepsy


  • Egervin Vineyard

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

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  • Kekfrankos Balf Weninger 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Not much grown in CA - it's a grape that does well in slightly cooler areas ... BF I've had comes from Hungary, especially from the mountains of Eger, but nobody's importing any. The second region known for it is Szekszárd but that's warmer and the wine lacks the peppery quality of the Eger wines, as does Ach's. The mountains matter!. Besides, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?

  • Royal Tokaji Furmint 2011


    Another one from the Jubliation 90's under $20 racks. A beautiful pale, pale gold color. Opens with a bit of muskiness, wind over grass, and wood. Full in the mouth, medium acidity. Medium Dry with a long finish. To me, very similar to an unoaked French Chardonnay and like them, great complexity and acidity. Had alone, but would be great with fo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • OT, VV heeds the old saw, "Variety is the spice of life."  If I ... one of the best pieces on Hungary and has such a thirst for (sorry, bad and unintentional pun) knowledge of the historical sort.  They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their wine heritage.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... the ... But I'll be in Hungary and Austria in a few weeks and I'll pick up some wines that I can't get anywhere else and if I have to pay full price, I'm willing to do so. (But I think there's a workaround anyway.)As far as whether you can get better values in F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • So you're not a pink sludge fan?  ;-(I'm curious that nobody's ... ... Portugal, Greece and Hungary. Their infrastructural costs (esp. France's) are generally no less than California's, so why are CA wines so pricey, even domestically, forget about on the international marke Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • Szoke Matrai Kekfrankos 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Tokaji Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Smart2aFault

  • Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008


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    Wine review by Smart2aFault

  • Erzsebet Pince Kiraly Dulo Furmint 2010


    Very much straw coloring in the glass. Absolutely no nose at all. Initial fruit flavors of peach with concomitant fruity sweetness. Beyond maybe a hint of oxidation I do not get much more from this wine. A little bit of tartness on the finish probably saves it in my view. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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