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Guide to Hungarian Wine Regions

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There are 37 protected areas in Hungary: 31 of them are PDOs and six of them are PGIs. The 31 PDO zones include the 22 wine regions of Hungary (all bear a PDO status), two large geographical areas (with several PDOs within them), and seven sub-regions.


Includes nine PDOs and the Balatonmelléki PGI within it


Since the Balaton PGI was approved, this PGI has not been used much.

  • Balatonboglár PDO (2,800 hectares) mainly produces bulk sparkling and still wines
  • Badacsony PDO (1,430 hectares) is one of the top volcanic regions of the country.
  • Balatonfüred-Csopak PDO (1,640 hectares) is a top region for Olaszrizling.
  • Balaton-felvidék PDO (1,031 hectares) is a good value region, producing mostly whites.
  • Tihany PDO (95 hectares) is Hungary’s smallest wine appellation.
  • Káli PDO (453 hectares) is a sub-region of the three northern Balaton PDOs.
  • Zala PDO (671 hectares) is located west of Lake Balaton.
  • Nagy Somló PDO (442 hectares) is a region grouping three uncontinuous hills.
  • Somló PDO (326 hectares) is a sub-region of the Nagy Somló PDO; it comprises one of the hills.
Mátra wine region


This is “Upper-Hungary,” the area surrounding the Mátra, Bükk, and Eger regions.

  • Debrői Hárslevelű PDO (940 hectares) is a sub-region of the Eger PDO, only for white wines from the Hárslevelű grape.
  • Bükk PDO (1,150 hectares) is a region with great potential, but is not highly cultivated.
  • Mátra PDO (5,470 hectares) is the second largest wine region of the country
  • Eger PDO (5,160 hectares) is home of the famous Bull’s Blood red wine, and the newer Egri Csillag white blend.
Traditional cellar row in Hercegkút, in the Tokaj wine region


This is the area surrounding the Tokaji region.

  • Tokaj PDO (5,155 hectares) is Hungary’s oldest historical wine region, famous for its botrytized sweet wine, Tokaji aszú.
Photo credit: Szentpéteri Borpince (Facebook page)


This is the area between the rivers Tisza and Danube. It is flat land with sandy soil, which is the best combination for producing easy-going, bulk wine.

  • Duna PDO is a huge area, a bit smaller than the Duna-Tisza közé PGI, but similar.
  • Csongrád PDO (2,600 hectares) has an extreme continental climate, with the highest average temperature of the country.
  • Hajos-Baja PDO (2,150 hectares) has soil that is between the sand of Kunság and the loess of Szekszárd. It produces easy-going, cheap, aromatic white wines.
  • Kunság PDO (23,300 hectares) is Hungary’s largest wine producing area.
  • Izsáki Arany Sárfehér (3,800 hectares) is a sub-region of the Kunság PDO, only for white wines from the Arany Sárfehér grape, near the town of Izsák.
  • Monor PDO (340 hectares) is a sub-region of the Kunság PDO.
  • Soltvadkerti Ezerjó PDO is a sub-region of the Kunság PDO. Only for whites and sparklings made from Ezerjó, near the town of Soltvadkert.


This is the area west of the Danube river.

  • Pannon PDO encompasses other four PDO regions, and is the area south of the Balaton PGI and west of the Danube.
  • Pécs PDO (720 hectares) lives in the shadow of Villány, and has good value medium body reds.
  • Szekszárd PDO (1,620 hectares) also produces the Bull’s Blood red wine blend.
  • Tolna PDO (1,950 hectares) lives in the shadow of Szekszárd, and has good value light reds.
  • Villány PDO (1,620 hectares) is the premium red wine region of Hungary.
  • Etyek-Buda PDO (1,410 hectares) is known for its sparkling wines, and charming cellar rows.
  • Neszmély PDO (1,355 hectares) is near the Danube, and focuses on international grape varieties.
  • Mór PDO (650 hectares) is the spiritual home of the Ezerjó grape variety.
  • Pannonhalma PDO (596 hectares) is one of the first wine regions of Hungary.
  • Sopron PDO (1,615 hectares) is near the Austrian border, specializing in light reds from Kékfrankos.