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Hungarian Wine Regions
Visit some of the 22 Hungarin wine regions to get first-hand experience about the country's great variety of wines.
These regions boast not only with excellent quality wines but beautiful scenery and interesting sights. Besides wine tasting the major Hungarian wine regions have colourful programs to enterteain visitors.
Hungary's climate is very favourable for quality wine growing because the average temperature is much higher than let's say in Northern France, and autmn is rather dry with warm, sunny weeks until mid-October (a period often referred to as Indian summer).
This allows Hungary to produce the entire range of classic wines:
Add the slopes of volcanic origin and you get a combination of natural conditions that with the the expertise of talented wine makers result in fine wines.
Rich diversity of both international and local grape varieties are grown in the Hungarian wine regions and a great variety of wines are made from them.
Major Hungarian Wine Regions - North-East Hungary
Northern Hungary gives home to two world-famous wine regions.
Perhaps the best-known of all Hungarian wine region is Tokaj where excellent sweet dessert wines and full-bodied whites are produced. The honey-like aszú dessert wine is considered to be among the first three of the best wines in the world, brought fame to this wine growing territory.
Noble botrytis gives the sweet, nectar--like quality of Tokaji Aszú
Major Grape Varieties & Wines: Furmint, Hárslevelű (Linden-leaf), Yellow Muscat,
The Eger Wine Region is also well-known outside Hungary mainly for its full-bodied red the Bull's Blood that was widely advertised and exported to western countries during the communist era.
Talented wine makres resurrected viticulture in the Eger wine region and today not only the red wines but whites like the indigenous Leányka, Királyleányka, Tramini, Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling)
are on par with some of the top-quality international white wines.
The Szépasszony Völgye (Valley of Beautiful Women) just outside Eger offers a scenic palce for tasting wines of Eger.
Major Grape Varieties & Wines: reds: Kékfrankos (Blaufrankish), Merlot, Kékoportó froms the basis of Bull's Blood,
Major Hungarian Wine Regions - Southern Transdanubia
Two wine regions produce outstanding reds in the Mediterranean area south of Lake Balaton known as Southern Transdanubia.
High number of sunny hours in a year, long history and traditions of wine making, and the unique soil make the follwoing two regions among the best red wine producing areas both on local and international level.
Exquisite reds are produced on the gentle slopes of Villány and Siklós Hills produce . In my opinion the best Pinot Noir in Hungary come from the Villány region, but you'll enjoy other red varieties too.
Major Grape Varieties & Wines: reds: Kékfarnkos (Blaufrankish), Portugeiser, Merlot,
Wonderful wine routes and local cellars welcome wine lovers who want to ebjoy great wines within beautiful surroundings in Villánykövesd and Palkonya.
Kadarka a rich, full-bodied local variety was once the leading wine variety in the Szekszárd region.
In the 19th century it was even exported to France because the French Kadarka matched the quality of their reds. Unfortunately similarly to other wine varieties Kadarka was neglected and amost brought to extinction during the communist decades.
Luckily devoted wine makers managed to preserve this special wine that goes well with traditional Hungarian dishes made with paprika. Besides Kadarka due to the area's perfect blend of natural endowments some beautiful other reds come form Szekszárd: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Szekszárdi people consider their Bull's Blood more authentic and of better quality than the one produced in Eger. My husband and I (amateur wine connoisseurs) also prefer Szekszárd Bull's Blood because of its fiery, velvety texture and rich fragrance.
Major Grape Varieties & Wines: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kékfrankos (Blaufrankish), Merlot
Major Hungarian Wine Regions -Lake Balaton
Both the northern and southern shores of Lake Balaton has been made for wine growing.
During a wine tasting tour around the lake you can not only discover some delightful Hungarian wines but the experience will be enhanced by the beauty of the landscape and the countless activities the Balaton offers throught the year.
The nearness of the lake creates a sub-Mediterranean climate. Wines vary from celalr to cellar depending on which slope stretches the vineyard.
The basalt slopes rising on the northern shore of Lake Balaton offer the pleasant combination of breathtaking view and delicious local wines.
Whites dominate the wine scale produced on the volcanic hills of Szt György, Gulács, Csobánc and Tóti. The colour of wines are an excellent blend of yellow and green the sight of which makes you want to taste it right away.
Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris) and a local variety Kéknyelű are the cream of the crop wines in the Badacsony wine region.
Major Grape Varieties & Wines: Italian Riesling, Pinot Gris, Kéknyelű
The Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region nestles in the northeastern corner of Lake Balaton. The combination of the healing waters and the wines make Balatonfüred a popular tourist destination all over the world.
The nearby Tihany Penisnsula also belongs to the Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region.
Italian Riesling riches its full potential in this wine region. Its fine bouquet and the bitterish taste resembling almond are unmatched.
The rich, earthy aroma of the Balatonfüred-Csopaki wines is attributed to the red soil characteristic of this region.
Very good, light, fruity whites are made on from the grapes produced on the flat area on the south shore of Lake Balaton.
Balatonboglár wines with their balanced acid content provide excellent basis for champagne making.
Major Hungarian Wine Regions -Noth-Western Hungary