Regions and Appellations Hungary

Hungarian Wine

Hungary, in central Europe, has gained its reputation in the wine world through just a couple of wine styles, but for centuries it has been a wine-producing nation of considerable diversity. In addition to the sweet wines of Tokaj and the deep Bull's Blood of Eger, the Hungarian wine portfolio includes dry whites from the shores of Lake Balaton, Somló and Neszmély, and finer reds from various regions, notably Villány, Sopron and Szekszard.

Hungarian wine culture stretches back to Roman times and has survived numerous political, religious and economic challenges, including Islamic rule during the 16th Century (when alcohol was prohibited) and the phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800s.

Vineyards on the banks of Lake Balaton
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The modern Hungarian wine regions are distributed around the country. Sopron, in the north-west, is separated from Tokaj, in the north-east, by 370 kilometers (230 miles) and from Hajós-Baja in the south by about two-thirds of that distance. Between these key areas lie the country's 22 official wine regions, each of which have their own particular blend of culture, history, terroir and wine style. The quantity-driven vineyards of the southern plains, for example, are quite distinct from the lakeside vineyards of the west and the foothills of the north-east.

The eastern side of Hungary is wrapped by the Carpathian Mountains, which have a considerable impact on the local climate, protecting the land from the cold winds that would otherwise blow in from across Poland and western Ukraine. The generally continental climate is also moderated by lakes Balaton and Neusiedl, allowing for a longer, more temperate growing season.

The most important wine grapes currently grown in Hungary's vineyards are a mixture of traditional, regional varieties and the international varieties of French origin which are better known and more easily marketed. The traditional Hungarian white wine varieties include Furmint and Hárslevelű (the white grapes used in Tokaj), Olaszrizling, Leányka and Kéknyelűkekfra. These have been joined lately by a raft of new crossings such as Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Zefír and Zenit, a number of which have been created locally by Hungarian ampelographers. Their red counterparts are Kadarka, Blaufrankisch (known here as both Nagyburgundy and Kékfrankos), Zweigelt, Blauer Portugieser (formerly known as Kékoportó) and also Cirfandli (Zierfandler), which originates from across the border in Austria.

 

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Most Popular Hungarian Wine

Based on search frequency, updated monthly
Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Royal Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 954th 90 $75
Disznoko Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 1,813th 91 $66
Royal Tokaji Essencia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 2,034th 95 $1,133
Gere Attila Pinceszete & Weninger Selection Cabernet Franc, Villany, Hungary Cabernet Franc 2,040th 88 $34
Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 2,496th 91 $586
Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 2,669th 91 $100
Royal Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 2,757th 91 $84
Bor Forras Hajos-Baja Blaufrankisch, Hungary Blaufrankisch (Lemberger) 3,777th $12
Istvan Szepsy Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 3,870th 94 $182
Gere Attila Pinceszete Kopar Cuvee, Villany, Hungary Bordeaux Blend Red 4,054th 89 $35
Oremus Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 4,345th 91 $126
Oremus 'Mandolas' Tokaji Dry, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Furmint 4,801st 88 $21
Royal Tokaji Aszu Essencia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 4,896th 93 $578
Disznoko Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 5,045th 92 $114
Oremus Eszencia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 6,012th 94 $623
Disznoko Tokaji Aszu Eszencia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 6,066th 91 $184
Egervin Egri Bikaver Bulls Blood, Eger, Hungary Rare Red Blend 6,265th $10
Zwack Unicum Liqueur, Hungary Bitters 6,285th $19
Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 6,357th 89 $51
Gere Attila Pinceszete Grand Vin de Villany Cuvee Attila, Villany, Hungary Bordeaux Blend Red 6,662nd $86
Oremus Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 6,762nd 90 $56
Tokaj Kereskedohaz Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 8,099th 90 $103
Disznoko Tokaji Eszencia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 8,649th 93 $847
Oremus Tokaji Noble Late Harvest Furmint, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 9,389th 90 $42
Royal Tokaji 'Szt. Tamas' Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary Tokaji Blend 10,412th 93 $168
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