Introduction

By Paul Caputo

Hungary - Country Guide


Hungarian wine is a little bit of a Rubik’s cube. Most people’s unfamiliarity with the language, and indeed the geography of Hungary makes getting a handle on the country’s wines and plethora of grape varieties challenging. Yet, like gradually rearranging the cube to complete the a puzzle, the sense of achievement and reward at the end is worth the effort, for Hungary’s dynamic and rapidly improving wine scene offers endless excitement.

Located in Central Europe, Hungary is generally characterised by a continental climate. Summers are hot and dry and winters can be cold and harsh. The West of Hungary borders Austria and generally gives the kind of light bodied whites and reds we might associated with the area. To the East, the historically important region of Tokaj delivers famously sweet wines that have been celebrated around the world for hundreds of years.

Regions of Hungary

Badacsony

The volcanic soils of Badacsony are home to a range of different grape varieties, many of which are local to Hungary. Kéknyelű, Budai Zöld, Rózsakő, Vulcanus, Zeusz, Szürkebarát and Olaszrizling can all be found here.

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Balatonboglár OEM

Balatonboglár, or South Balaton in English, is home to some truly exciting wineries. Kristinus Estate in particular is one of the leading names. There is also a lot of bulk sparkling and still wines produced here.

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Balaton-felvidék OEM

Balaton-felvidék produces mainly approachable and good value white wines, although there is some red production.

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