Wine Regions in Hungary
When you are in Hungary you must visit one of the wine regions and try the fantastic selection of wines from the full-bodied red wines to the sweet dessert wines. Hungary can boast with 22 distinct wine regions.
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Some of the best wine regions are:
Tokaj – found in the North East of the country, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Volcanic soils. Best known for its sweet Tokaji Aszu wines, and the Furmint, Harselevelu and Muscat grapes that it contains, although we are also seeing increasing numbers of dry whites emerging from the region too.
Kunság, Csongrád, and Hajós-Baja – these three regions are all found in the large flat southern area between the Danube and the Tisza Rivers known as The Great Plain (Alfold in Hungarian). This area, easily mechanised, accounts for about half of the wine produced in Hungary, but most of it is for quick drinking table wine. The Frittman winery from this region won the Winemaker of the Year in 2007.
Eger – in the north of Hungary is renowned for elegant reds, in particular its Bikavér blends. Recent wine laws also established the new Bikavér Superior label, for the very best of these historical blends. The more northerly latitude means they may not have the body of reds from more southerly regions such as Villány, but they have an elegance and complexity that has drawn comparisons with Burgundy. Certainly an increasing amount of Pinot Noir is now being grown there.
Villány – if Eger is the Burgundy of Hungary, then Villány (some would argue along with it’s rival Szekszárd) is Bordeaux. Villány is Hungary’s most southerly and hottest wine region, producing the country’s best and most full-bodied red wines. Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are key here, and Cabernet Franc has made a particular name for itself. Portugiesier is also central, the second most widely planted grape in the region after Cabernet Sauvignon.
Szekszárd – north and slightly east of Villány, Szekszárd is pushing its rival hard for the crown of best producer of Hungarian reds. Szekszárd, along with Eger, is also one of the two regions to produce Bikavér. As with Villány, Bordeaux varieties play a key role here, but the region has also made a name for itself with its kékfrankos.
Badacsony - is a stunning area surrounded with basalt mountains on the north shore of the Lake Balaton. The basalt mountains of the area are unique and picturesque geological relics. Badacsony wine region has a sub- mediterranean microclimate. The tempering effect of the water mass of the Lake Balaton, the heat in the basalt cap of the mountain, the reflection of the sunrays from the water surface onto the mountainside and the most intensive sun radiation in the country, guarantee one of the best grapes in Hungary.