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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • István Szepsy

    THE SZEPSY FAMILY HAS BEEN CULTIVATING VINE AND PRODUCING WINE SINCE THE END OF THE 16TH CENTURY...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Erzsebet Pince Kiraly Dulo Furmint 2010

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    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


  • I should add that GregT (too modest to say it himself) is one of the foremost ... then the hip thing might be Hungary or Georgia or... well, yet another cool region of Italy, they neve seem to run out, and there you are.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic importing Spanish Wine


  • Hungary is coming to America – Hungarian Wine Road Show 2014What kind of wine should you try when you are in Hungary, or if Hungarian wines come to your doorstep in America?Furmint, Welschriesling, Bull’s Blood, Leányka (Damsel), seductive reds, unforgettable whites and aromatic Rosés – these are some Hungarian wines, and now the time has come t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Polgar Portugieser Villany 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tokaj is in the Zemplén mountains, which abut the Carpathians. ... ... vineyards are on the hills. Hungary overall is basically a bowl-shape - a flat plain surrounded by mountains all around. The cheapest wine comes from that flat plain, but the mountain regions are where all the better vineyards are. At least as far as I know. And then of cou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • In places like Paso Robles or the Barossa Valley where it can get well hotter ... Yugoslavia, too. How's Hungar Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • Donausonne Blaufränkisch 2010

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    I enjoy this particular wine, but I have had a hard to finding a distributor of it in Puerto Rico. Any suggestions on how to avoid shipping costs? Read More

    Wine review by zen651


  • Disznókó Tokaji Dry 2009

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    Definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by jwgwine


  • I was thinking more that it's time for a professional like Spurrier to take ... not forget that Austria and Hungary both produce excellent Syrah in several areas. And let's not forget Italy, which can pretty much produce good wine from any grape.It's truly one of my favorite grapes, may even be my fave, but the N. Rhone is a small place in comp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...


  • Here is my best way of explaining it, Preetish.Wines taste "Sweet" if ... France or Tokaj Azsu from Hungary.  Most wine producing countries also produce Dessert Wines although they might be harder to find.  In the United States, it is common to put the words "Late Harvest" on such wines.  Grapes that are late harvested have a high concentration... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!Preetish here..


  • Hi. I am a new member of Smooth, and I am located in the EU, not far from Hungary, so I think I can offer you my experience in this issue. In november 2013 "Meraviglioso2" asked about the pharmaceutically effects of the Hungarian wines, especially of a Pinot Noir from a pharmacy. I do not think that Hungarian wines are more effective in the ther...

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