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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kadarka

    History of the grape: Kadarka is a dark-skinned, red grape that is best known as the main varietal in that Hungarian ...

  • Furmint

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

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...

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Monarchia Gruner Veltiner 2005

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    Wine review by khun


  • Got a tip about this wine holding its own with Petrus under blind tastings, and figure it's worth a look. I know at least the Greg's might be interested in checking this out if not already known.CT link for the 2007US Distributor: Price: $70/bottlePlanning on trying this soon enough, I'll hopefully be reporting back with more on this soon.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Atilla Gere - Solus:...


  • Irsai Oliver Szke Mátyás

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    I had this at Seasons in Davis where they serve locally sourced unique dishes like pork cheek tacos (which was delicious!).A Hungarian white grape Irzai Oliver. Another for the Quest List! This had an amazing floral nose with notes of minerals and reminds me of a sweet plum wine. The smell kept me at it for awhile. Smooth and well balanced, it w... Read More

    Wine review by shsim


  • Királyudvar Furmint Sec Dry 2009

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    Crisp lemon citrus on the nose. Grapefruit pith, some salinity and mums. Some straw and a stemmy quality. On the palate, it's so vibrant and bright it seems effervescent. Juicy acidity balanced by a moderate sweetness. Lip smacking. Stony minerality, a peachy suggestion and floral citrus flavors. It's called "sec", but it's not too sweet.... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  •  We have all heard the sage words when it comes to food pairing: white ... Dry Furmint 2009 (Tokaji, Hungary). Sourced from grapes grown in volcanic soil, this wine worked extremely well with flavors and spiciness of the barbecue—it was actually hard to tell whether notes were coming from wine or the food: perfect synergy!Domaine Taille Aux Lo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Wines with Barbecue


  • Hetszolo Tokaj Aszu 5 Puttonyos Hungary 2001

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    Toasted hazelnut dominant. Good acid. Nice, nutty and rich.92 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Egervin Borgazdaság Rt. Bulls Blood Egri Bikaver 2010

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    dark red color, nice red fruit on the nose....medium bodied dry red with minimal tannins but nice acidity to balance the fruit flavor Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Mad Cuvee Tokaji 2008

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    Oh Ya! Picked up a bottle of this Late Harvest while on holiday in Kauai this week. Yumeeee. Golden color, light syrup body with good cling. Silky mouth feel. Mango aroma on the swirl. Golden Raisins was my thought at first sip, then the mango taste with slight apricot. Ice cold - it was great while sitting on the lanai watching waves cras... Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Szoke Matyas Zoltan Kiralyleanyka 2010

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    Don't even attempt to pronounce the name of this native Hungarian grape - just .../hungary/sz%C3%B6ke-matyas-zoltan-kir%C3%A1lyle%C3%A1nyka Read More

    Wine review by Etty Lewensztain


  • St. Donatus Merlot Balatonboglari 2008

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    Sweet and smooth. Lighter red Read More

    Wine review by rhw1994


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