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

  • Hárslevelü

  • Merlot

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

  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

  • 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

  • Badacsony

    Badacsony is just one of the Balaton Wine regions.

  • Balaton

    Wines from the Balaton, or Balaton Wine, includes four of the official wine regions of Hungary....

  • Tokaj

    Tokaj is the prized sweet wine of Hungary, produced in the northeast Tokaj-Hegyalja region, at ...

Popular Wineries in Hungary View all

  • István Szepsy

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

  • Egervin Vineyard

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

  • Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd. Hungary

    Hungarian wines have been sung and written about for thousands of years, occupying a prominent po...

  • Egri Bikaver

    Egri Bikavér ("Bull's Blood of Eger") is Hungary's most famous red wine. It comes from the Eger...

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

    The Royal Tokaji Wine Company, founded in Hungary in 1989, has become one of the most defining wi...

  • Grof Degenfeld

    Winery - History Of German-Hungarian descent the counts of Degenfeld family history leads back t...

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Hungary on Snooth

  • Szent Tamas Nyulaszo Tokaji Szaraz Harslevelu Furmint Mad 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Weninger Sopron Balf Soproni Kekfrankos Spern Steiner Selection 2001

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  • Snoother - wine from Tokaj is most definitely not red. It's made all or ... from different regions in Hungary.In some cases, people don't want the wine to go through the secondary fermentation, the one that converts malic to lactic acid. Those wines tend to have a less pronounced buttery quality, but again, the butter notes can come from diffe... Read More

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  • That I would like to try before I die that I have not already had?There are ... far as Spain and Italy and Hungary, I'd love to have had some of the ancient Tokaji-aszu wines before communism. I never had really old vintages of Unico, although I've had Rioja wines going back many decades, and I never had the 1982 or 1989 Haut Brion or Petru Read More

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  • Well there is that. The Hungarians have a marker in Tokaj that they claim is ... to!What's the wine from Hungar Read More

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  • So Greece and Turkey are still in that map (perhaps not Crete); the main difference is dropping Hungary and adding Moldova when talking about 'The Balkans'.  Well, one of my wines is from Hungary, so I'm keeping it in.  However, another one of my wines (a nice one I might add) is from Moldova, which I didn't list.  I could switch it up, but mayb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic hello i am new


  • Ah yes, here's where I say some map makers have put the center of Europe in Hungary. Not necessarily Eastern Europe or Balkans. Read More

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  • Well that's a bullshit map, in historical, cultural, ethnic, geopolitical ... ... out Greece, Turkey and Hungary and we're getting closer to what has been referred to in the most contexts during the 20th Century as 'The Balkans'. The former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, basically. Problem states, all split up and 'balkanized', and which u... Read More

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  • So Al, why did you include Hungary with the Balkans? Might as well add Austria and Bulgaria and Romania if you're going historical back to that old Empire. If you're talking wine similarities, then that's another kettle of fish. And of course Crete is way off in another direction. Why not Greece (not usually considered 'the Balkans')? Then how a... Read More

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  • Max, we are hosting a wine tasting party this Saturday evening and the theme is ... the Balkans and Crete.  Hungary is included in that group of the Balkans.  Can you provide some insight on wines from Hungary?  I have a link to some information but I surely will know more after the wine party! &nbs Read More

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  • 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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