Tokaji vs. Sauternes: Comparing Two Legendary Sweet Wines

Tokaj Aszú and Sauternes are both sought-after sweet wines. We'll fill you in on the key similarities and differences between the these two botrytized beauties.

An ode to that infamous bottom-shelf Bull’s Blood, and all the others that followed

My journey with Hungarian wine began with a bottle of Hungary's most infamous wine, picked from the bottom shelf of a convenience store. Since then it has taken off in many directions ...

Hungary’s Beloved Aromatic Wines

Aromatic wines are exuberantly fruity, soft, charming, and loved by millions of Hungarians. This style is made from a diverse range of grape varieties in many regions.

Volcanic Hungary in 3 Wines

Hungary’s diverse volcanic soils produce unique styles of wine which are very different from each other, but share a strong volcanic swag. Here are three types to try.

Etyek Wine Region: Where Limestone and Cool Weather Equal Bubbles

Etyek—the region sitting in Budapest's shadows—has historically been known for its sparkling wines. Its limestone soil and colder climate make it Hungary’s best region to grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, ...

A Short Guide to Hungarian Wine

Hungary is a historic wine country, which in many ways is still re-introducing itself to the wine world. Get to know Hungarian wine through this guide to its history, regions, grapes, and more.

Curious About Hungarian Wine? Join The Club!

We have exciting plans in the works for both our US and EU wine clubs! We'd like to explain what our wine clubs are all about, why we started them, and why we think you should join!

Csókaszőlő: A Remarkable Grape Brought Back From Hungary’s Past, Now In The US

Csókaszőlő is an ancient Hungarian variety which is experiencing a (very) small revival thanks to a few committed—and stubborn—winemakers. We've now brought it to the US.

Guide to Hungarian Wine Regions

For a small country, Hungary has many different types of wine-producing areas! Let us explain ...

Zala Wine Region

Tucked away in the far southwestern corner of the country—on the border of Slovenia and Croatia—the Zala region is one of Hungary’s smallest and least-known regions.

Pécs PDO – A Guide to the Wine Region

Pécs is one of Hungary’s warmest growing areas. It is a lively university town with a lovely city center, and one of the country’s foremost research institutes for viticulture and oenology.

Sopron PDO – A Guide to the Wine Region

Sopron sits just across the border from Austria, sharing its viticultural traditions with Burgenland. Kékfrankos is the main grape variety of both regions.

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...

Mór Region: A Hidden Treasure

Mór wines are mainly fresh, floral, and aromatic, and are meant to drink young. The flagship variety here, and the most widely planted grape, is the indigenous Ezerjó.

Kunság PDO: Vineyards Rising From The Sand

The Kunság PDO is Hungary’s largest wine producing area, with 23,300 hectares of vineyards, which are mostly flat and sandy.

Pannonhalma: Hungary’s Smallest Wine Region

Pannonhalma is the smallest Hungarian wine region. The Benedictine Abbey here gives the region a unique place in Hungarian wine culture and Hungarian history.

Ágnes Németh: Wine Journalist, Judge, and Hungarian Wine Missionary

Taste Hungary's interview with Agnés Németh—a wine journalist, who is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of, which serves to promote and showcase the world of Hungarian wine.

Gere Kopar: How Attila Gere Created an Icon in Villány

Attila Gere's Kopar is arguably one of Hungary's best-known wines. Full-bodied, and age-worthy, it has been one of Hungary’s most sought after wines since its first vintage in 1997.

Fekete Járdovány: A Forgotten Grape, Brought Back to Life in Villány

Attila Gere’s Fekete Járdovány is a one-of-a-kind wine, made from an ancient Carpathian basin grape which is hardly grown anywhere. This is the only commercially-available wine made from this grape.

Hungary’s Place in The World of Wine, In Numbers

We've analyzed the latest data to figure out where Hungary stands in the big picture in the world of wine.

Franc Over Sauvignon: Hungary’s Love Affair With The Cabernets

The story of how a country come to focus on making premium wines from a lesser-known grape, rather than the world’s most planted red variety, Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Evolution of Tokaj’s Dry Wines

For a long time the dry wines of Tokaj lived in the shadows of the sweet wines. Now 70 percent of Tokaj’s wine production is dry, and these modern dry wines have definitely emerged from the shadows.

150 Years of Hungarian History, Told Through Wine Labels

Tracing Hungary’s history through wine labels.

Eger PDO: A Guide to the Wine Region

Eger is one of Hungary’s most renowned historical wine regions. It's known for its blends and is synonymous with Egri Bikavér.

Six Places to Day Drink In Budapest

Day drinking isn’t just for degenerates, miscreants, and stag parties; it can also be a sign of a person who takes pleasure in a bit of transgressive but legal fun. It is possible to get classily slos...

20 Questions about Hungarian Wine For Exotic Wine Travel

Twenty questions about Hungarian wine with Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan—the duo of globetrotting wine writers behind Exotic Wine Travel.

Szekszárd PDO: A Guide to the Wine Region

Look south to Szekszárd for some of Hungary’s most elegant and spicy red wines. It's one of the strongholds of Kékfrankos, Kadarka, the Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) blend.

Villány PDO: A Guide to the Wine Region

Villány is the home of big bold reds, which are generally based on the Bordeaux varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. One of Hungary’s most popular red wine regions, it boasts s...

Taste Hungary Wine Club: From Hungarian Vineyards, to American Doorsteps

We just launched our latest project—an online wine shop and Hungarian Wine Club in the US. It has been a long time coming. But if I trace it back, it was my first visit to Hungarian vineyards that spa...

Nagy Somló PDO: A Guide to the Wine Region

Somló is one of Hungary’s emblematic historical wine regions. Its unique, mineral-rich terroir, indigenous varieties and numerous small producers make it one of Hungary’s most exciting white-wine regi...

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...

The Drinker’s Guide to Hungarikums

There is always something delicious (and local) to drink in Hungary. The drinks that inspire the most pride in Hungary have also been named Hungarikums.

Badacsony PDO: A Guide to the Wine Region

Badacsony is one of Hungary’s iconic regions. Along with Tokaj and Somló, it was famed for its characterful, full-bodied, minerally, white wines from volcanic soil. The wines are unique, concentrated,...

Lake Balaton PGI: A Guide to the Wine Region

Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, is landlocked Hungary’s sea. It is not only a favorite destination for vacationers, but a robust wine region comprises six districts with Protected De...

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...

Sparkling Hungary, Where the Pezsgő Flows

At the beginning of the 20th century Hungary was second only to France in sparkling wine production ... Happily, the last few decades have seen great advances in Hungarian sparkling wine, and many win...

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...

Austrians in Hungary

Hungarian and Austrian history has been so intertwined, for better or for worse, over four centuries. So it’s inevitable that some grape varieties have also crossed today’s borders, and have comfortab...

Understanding Tokaj

This guide will help you understand some of the essential Tokaji concepts, decode the important vocabulary you will find on a bottle of wine from Tokaj, and just generally put the nuances of the regio...

Királyleányka and Leányka—Hungary’s  Maiden Grapes

Hungary boasts two related white varieties which are often confused, and have unclear origins. Királyléanyka, which translates as ’princess’ and Leányka, which means ’maiden’ or ’girl’.

Furmint – Hungary’s Flagship White

Wine aficionados have long known of the delights of Furmint, especially in the form of the delectably sweet Tokaji Aszú, and increasingly over the last decade or two in its latest dry incarnations.

Portugieser – A Fresh and Fruity Hungarian Red

In Hungary, Portugieser has made its home in Villány, but is also found in the Kunság and Eger. It’s an early-ripening variety with thin skins. Its soft tannins and pronounced fruit aromas mean it doe...

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...

Hungary’s Two Bull’s Bloods

Bikavér is probably still Hungary’s best-known red wine, despite the indignities it suffered during the second part of the 20th century. But most wine drinkers, even Hungarian ones, have no idea what ...

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. 

Understanding Hungarian Oak

It’s no longer a secret that Hungary is a great wine producing country. But it is not as widely known that Hungary is also a big producer of high-quality oak barrels. Hungarian oak has been used for m...

Tokaji Essencia – Sunshine on a Spoon

Imagine a supernaturally concentrated Aszú with flavors of ripe peach, orange, white flowers, passion fruit, ginger, quince, apricot, and spicy marmalade. It’s thick and syrupy with razor-sharp acidit...

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...

Taste Hungary 10.0

For Taste Hungary’s 10th birthday, I’ve looked back at some of the key moments of our first decade and some of the things I’m most grateful for … one for each year.

Understanding Hungarian Wine Classification

In the EU wine is classified into categories based on its origin. Learn how this all translates in Hungary, and what you should look for when deciphering a Hungarian wine label.

Cabernet Franc – The Unsung Hero

Winemakers in the south of Hungary, however, are taking Cabernet Franc very seriously. In fact, the region of Villány is now betting on the variety as their regional flagship.

Forralt Bor (Mulled Wine): An Essential Part of Winter in Hungary

Mulled wine (forralt bor) is an inextricable part of winter in Hungary.

Tokaji Aszú: The Story of The World’s Oldest Sweet Wine

A bottle of Tokaji aszú holds deep history, fascinating myths, much hard work, centuries of passion, and plenty of sheer luck.

The Humbling Experience of a Tokaji Aszú Harvest

In Tokaj the grapes are harvested several times, to make wines of varying levels of sweetness. If the noble rot has developed there will be an aszú harvest in which the berries are selected by hand, o...

Kékfrankos: A Much-Loved Grape of Many Names

Kékfrankos is planted in most Hungarian wine regions, and goes by many different names. When well made, the variety—with its crunchy red and black cherry fruit and spicy kick—is generally a crowd-plea...

Juhfark: A Pharmacy in a Wine Glass

Juhfark is a little-known Hungarian grape variety that is attributed with extraordinary abilities.

Kadarka – Hungary’s Answer to Pinot Noir?

Vibrant and elegant or rustic and insipid? Little-known Kadarka certainly divides opinions when tasted for the first time, with those who love it praising its crunchy, bright red fruit and refreshing ...

The Mátra Wine Region: These Hills Are Alive With Volcanic Vineyards, Boutique Cellars, and History

Hungary’s second largest winemaking region is blessed with an ancient winemaking heritage, volcanic soil, successful large wineries, and now a band of boutique wineries hoping to bring the region into...

Olaszrizling—a Riesling in name only

Olaszrizling, Hungary’s most widely planted white grape variety, is an archetypical Central European variety which is capable of for more than it's usually given credit for.

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.

Discovering Tokaj’s Sweet Secrets: At Home in Erdőbénye

Winemakers in Tokaj are singularly obsessed with a fungus called botrytis. And I had become fascinated by these winemakers who go to such lengths and expense to make this traditional wine.

The Ever-Popular Old School Fröccs

When the weather gets hot in Hungary, fröccs season is on. A refreshing mixture of soda water and wine, it's the ultimate summer go-to drink. 

Furmint Forever

There’s no other grape that can make such complex sweet wines, consistently delicious easy-drinking dry wines, and full-bodied single vineyard terroir-driven wines.

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The 1956 Tokaj Aszú: A Wine With A Long Finish

The 1956 vintage was a good one in Tokaj. But 1956 didn’t go down in the history books for the great quality of botrytis in Tokaj, rather because of the revolution that began on October 23rd.

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The Lost World of The Jewish Wine Trade in Hungary (and The Old Habsburg Empire) Part I.

This story of how the Hungarian (and Central European) wine trade functioned before the two world wars and communism is not a well-known one.

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Taste Hungary’s 100 Essentials List

We've compiled what we think are the most essential (and tastiest) food, drinks, and experiences that just cannot be missed. We hope you can check all of them off!

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The Lost World of The Jewish Wine Trade in Hungary (and The Old Habsburg Empire), Part II.

What happened before the takeover of the state-owned coops in Hungary, which lasted more than forty years (and devastated Hungarian wine)?

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