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Guide to Hungarian Wine Regions
HUNGARY’S PROTECTED AREAS
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.
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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.
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.
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.
DUNA-TISZA KÖZÉ PGI
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.