Baltonfüred-Csopak PDO – A Guide to the Wine Region
Balatonfüred-Csopak is Lake Balaton’s—and Hungary’s—Olaszrizling hotspot. The region boasts some of the country’s best Olaszrizling, and an independent trademark protection system guaranteeing quality…
Kál Basin (Káli Medence) PDO: A Guide to the Wine Region
The eight settlements in the Kál Basin also fall within the boundaries of three other wine regions, but due to its unique volcanic landscape and historical relevance, it has boasted its own 453-hectar…
Ezerjó: The Hungarian Wine of a Thousand Blessings
The countryside to the north of Székesfehérvár and Lake Velence hides a small wine region little known outside Hungary. What’s more, this undiscovered region conceals a white variety that few will hav…
Kéknyelű: A Hungarian Grape Returning from the Brink
Production remains limited, but once you’ve tasted Kéknyelű, you’ll understand why it was such a popular and expensive wine in its heyday. Kéknyelű’s high acidity, relative neutrality and serious extr…
Hárslevelű –A Wine Doomed To Eternally Play A Supporting Role?
Hárslevelű has been around for centuries and is planted across much of Hungary—notably in Tokaj and the tiny region of Somló. Despite its many good qualities, it seems destined to play a supporting ro…
Unpronounceably Aromatic Hungarian Wines – Cserszegi Fűszeres and Irsai Olivér
Two 20th century Hungarian white crossings have proved remarkably popular in the last few decades—Irsai Olivér and its offspring, Cserszegi Fűszeres, dubbed the unpronounceable grape by one British Ma…
Egri Csillag – The Starry-Eyed Partner to the Majestic Bull’s Blood from Eger
Eger has long been known for its blends, principally red Bikavér (aka Bull’s Blood). Since 2010, the region also has a white blend, Egri Csillag. Both are named after historic events in the region.
Szamorodni – The Wine Hiding in The Wings in Tokaj
It’s strange to think that wines that can be compared to lusciously sweet Sauternes or nutty, saline sherries should not be the flagship wines of a region. Yet, that is the case in Tokaj. Szamorodni i…
Land of Fire and Salt: Hungary’s Volcanic Wine Regions
Imagine a landscape with numerous giant volcanoes spewing out lava and ash and a receding, bubbling inland sea. This was Hungary ten or fifteen million years ago.