Furmint

Name of varietal: Furmint

Common synonyms: Most common are Sipon, Mosler, Moslavac Bijeli and Zapfner with dozens more derivations of those spellings.

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to either Hungary or Italy

History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ordered the planting of Furmint after most of the country’s vineyards were devastated by the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. Whether the grape originated there before or was brought over from northern Italy during this mass replanting is unclear. The name of the grape derives from the word “froment,” part of the Latin “fromentum,” meaning “wheat,” (referring to its golden-tan color). What we know for sure is this is the primary blending grape of the spectacular Hungarian dessert wine, Tokaji (along with a small percentage of Harslevelue and sometimes Muscat). Its thin skins make it highly susceptible to Botrytis cinerea Read more »

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  • Great to get more discussion, well done VV. I'll try to grab some dry furmint myself and post. Read More

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  • EM, we're about 2 years from retirement, the kids are out of college with ...  We purchased that dry furmint at a local wine store here in Charlotte.  I paid $23 for that bottle and would do so again. Your best bet to find this would be to have your local shop order you some.Greg, luckily, this bottle was just fine, no hint of ox. Also, to exp... Read More

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  • Furmint is to Hárslevelû as Cab is to Merlot. I.e., for most people Furmint is the more worthy of the two grapes and generally the dominant grape in a blend. And in terms of acreage, it's more widely planted. But recently I've talked to a few people who are questioning that wisdom and believe that the relationship should be the other way around.... Read More

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  • I love Fridays and I really enjoy exploring the wonderful world of wine! ... ... interesting Hungarian Tokaji Furmint Sec. Normally these grapes are used to produce an awesome sweet dessert wine so when I saw this dry version I had to try it. On the nose is a nice blast of something floral, akin to honeysuckle. The palate is loaded with ripe p... Read More

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  • Kiralyudvar Tokaji Furmint Sec 2013

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    Very interesting Tokaji Furmint Sec. Normally these grapes are used to produce an awesome sweet dessert wine so when I saw this dry version I had to try it. On the nose is a nice blast of something floral, akin to honeysuckle. The palate is loaded with ripe pear, honey, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon pith. There is a bit of a mouthcoating ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Pajzos Megyer Chateau Megyer Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 1993

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  • Which brings up the old line about Cali Syrah, "What's the difference ... ... to the thread:  Dry Furmint is good, IMO.  Had it first at Commis here in Oakland and have picked up the occasional bottle elsewhere.  Like most grapes that make good sweet wine as well as dry, it's really high in acid.  I like that kind of white--Chenin, dry Rieslin... Read More

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  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... ... available dry version of furmint, Hungary's alternative to chardonnay and riesling.” Virginia also made the Bloomberg list. McCoy noted the eastern state's “best wines so far are the Bordeaux-style red blends made from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, a... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions


  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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