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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Zeus Szeremley Badacsonyi 2003


    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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    Wine review by smola12

  • Floriana Gruner Veltliner 2011


    A 2011 Gruner Veltliner from Hungary. Light yellow straw in color. Fruit hints of apple, melon, and lime with a hint of white pepper. It has a mid-finish on the palette and some acidity. Best served chilled to 48 degrees, and served with a grilled chicken dish. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Pannonhalmi Apátsági Tramini 2009


    2-14-13. Dark straw yellow. Aromatic. Roses, orange flower water, ripe pear,healthy bit of cardamom and a bit of sweet smoke and camphor.Tastes like drinking lychee out of a can (but not sweet). oily texture. a little bit of acidity but sort of flabby. a little medicinal. alcohol taste is very low. Read More

    Wine review by benjamindehoog

  • Marika Balatoni Merlot Semi Sw


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    Wine review by Cixtynine1

  • Marika Balatoni Merlot Semi Sw


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    Wine review by Cixtynine1

  • Marika Balatoni Merlot Semi Sw


    This is a fuity, semi sweet wine that will go down smooth. It has hints of cherry, berry, and strawberry fruits. Your mouth will feel refreshed after every sip of this elegant and sophisticated red wine. Read More

    Wine review by Cixtynine1

  • Sauska Villanyi Rosé 2012


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Attila Gere Cabernet Sauvignon Villány 2007


    Ruby red in color with just a hint of rust at the edges. Blackberry and cassis on the nose. Smells like a classic old world Cabernet/Bordeaux. On the palate, you get blackberry and cassis again, but with an overriding and dominant dark black cherry flavor. The tannins were present but after the wine had time to open up. Nice length to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau

  • Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos Süsswein Ungarn Rar 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by miklasik

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