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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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

  • 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...

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • Black Castle

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

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Dobogo Furmint Tokaji 2011

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    Drier than I thought it would be. Ok. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • So Emark, it's kind of interesting. Eric Asimov wrote about Chardonnay ... ... ... six years ago I was in Hungary tasting some magnificent Chardonnay at a winery that dated back to 900.  The winemaker informed me that it was the last vintage because they were going to rip out all the Chardonnay. "Why?" I asked.  His response was that it was t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm Liking Napa Chardonnays


  • Marika Nemes Kadarka 2009

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    Great semi sweet red wine Read More

    Wine review by jgreen523


  • Tokaj Kereskedohaz Tokaji Furmint Semi Sweet NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Evolucio Furmint 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Szeremley Huba Badacsonyi Szürkebarát Szeremley Huba Witte Wijnen 2008

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    Clear and transparent pinot gris, greenish yellow (or pale straw) colour, consistent at sight.Intense and somewhat complex aromas, mainly minerals.Very acid but equilibrated. Read More

    Wine review by redpoz


  • Badacsonyi Olaszrizling 2003

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    Greenish yellow riesling from Hungary, clear and transparent, very consistent.Not very complex, nor particularly intense at smell, rich of mineral aromas.Acid, but not too much, persistent and equilibrated. Read More

    Wine review by redpoz


  • Domaine Szeremley Pinot Noir 2005

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    Clear and transparent with an intense ruby-red colour, not very consistent.Intense and complex aromas: red fruits such as ribes and blackberry) and some wood aromas too.Warm with clear tannins, but acid enough to maintain it fully equilibrated. Read More

    Wine review by redpoz


  • Zeus Szeremley Badacsonyi 2003

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    Dessert wine of zeus grapes, clear and transparent with an intense straw-yellow colour (though still some greenish nuances, despite the age), very consistent.Intense and complex aromas, you can really notice honey and fruits (peach).Warm at taste but not disturbingly sweet and with a good acidity keeping it fresh. Equilibrated and persistent. Read More

    Wine review by redpoz


  • Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Dry 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by smola12


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