Hungary is one of many wine producing countries in Eastern Europe that are becoming more popular. Before 1989 wine was a commodity industry like any other in Hungary but now the world market is open to wine makers who want to show off exactly how fantastic their blends and wines are.
There are roughly 22 historic wine growing regions in Hungary which are spread across the country. The Danube runs north to south splitting Hungary in two, before running along the country’s northern border with Slovakia. As one of the newer, lesser known wine countries, Hungary has a lot to offer and their wide range of different growing regions means they produce a lot of wine and plenty of great styles to try.
A wide range of grapes are known to have originated in Hungary including Ezerjó, Hárslevelű, Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres and Királyleányka.
Hungarian White Wines
Hungary has many different white wine growing regions including Lake Balaton, Eger, Etyek-Buda, Tokaj and Mátra. The white wines produced in each region have their own unique character and stem from the fresh and aromatic to those with a high in acidity. The most famous wine region in Hungary is Tokaj and it is known for its warm climate and the perfect conditions for the creation of noble rot. Tokaj is known for the production of high quality dry whites, including Furmint.
Royal Tokaji wines are the most highly acclaimed and most popular of Hungary.
Hungarian Red Wines
Hungarian red wines are characterised by spice, which varies from region to region but the country is particularly known for producing robust reds. They produce a wide range of different wines, with leading varieties including Kékfrankos, Portugieser, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The main red wine growing regions are in Eger, Sopron, Szekszárd and Villány. The last two of these regions are said to produce the best red wines in Hungary and through the use of well-known international grape varietals they are beginning to produce reds that are comparable to some of the best out there.