The topic of Hungarian wine is dear to me for two reasons: I'm from Hungary, and I adore wine. However, I feel a bit disappointed when I go to buy wine in shops, as I can rarely find any Hungarian wines. That's why I want to take some time to explore and learn more about the delicious wines from my country. So, if you've never tried Hungarian wine before, I hope to share some information that will pique your interest and encourage you to give it a try.

Hungary is home to the world's oldest classified wine region, called Tokaj, which produces the country's most famous wines. There are 22 wine regions and 150000 hectares of vineyards, making wine production a significant source of livelihood for people of all social classes. The majority of the vineyards in Hungary are located in the north-eastern part of Europe's wine-growing region, which has a cool climate. Approximately 4 million hectoliters of wine are produced annually.

The Celts lived in Hungary during the 3rd century BC. They were aware of grape cultivation. Later, in the 2nd century AD, Pannonia became part of the Roman Empire, which had a lasting impact on grape and wine production in the region. The new inhabitants adopted the established grape and wine culture when the Carpathian basin was conquered. With the spread of Christianity, the role of bishoprics and monastic orders in the development and spread of wine culture increased. Saint Istvan and subsequent rulers donated extensive land holdings, including vineyards, to the church, which further helped increase wine production in both quantity and quality.

In the Middle Ages, wines from southern Saint Gyorgy Mountain and northern Hungary gained popularity and became a significant element of Hungary's foreign trade. During the Anjou period, he witnessed a surge in wine exports, with Sopron becoming the central hub for wine exports to the West. King Louis the Great played a vital role in the development of wine exports in the north and northeast regions of Hungary.

In the 19th century, foreign wine buyers preferred wine from the territories of Hungary. These territories were divided into three parts, which were not occupied by the Turks and included Sopron, Bratislava, and Tokaj-Hegyalja. The Turks, who had settled in Hungary permanently, had no interest in destroying the crop. They even benefited significantly from the tax and customs on wine. However, their presence was a hindrance to development because the Islamic religion prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages. During this time, military transport was the primary means of wine transportation, and traffic to Poland and the Low Countries also increased. Hungarian wine exports to the Netherlands and Scandinavia developed in the 19th century. The War of the Spanish Succession had a positive impact on England's exports as French and Spanish goods were no longer available in the market. The income from exports of Hungarian wine to the north and east primarily covered the expenses of the Thokoly and Rakoczi wars of independence, underscoring the significance of wine exportation.

We have covered some fascinating history so far, and now let's dive into the different wines and regions.

The wine regions

  • Badacsony: On the northern shore of Lake Balaton, the soil is basaltic, producing white wines with bursting aromas.
  • Balatonfured: North-east of Lake Balaton, it benefits from a warm climate, ideal for producing white wines.
  • South Balaton: The vineyards where the grapes are grown have sandy soils, which produce white and sparkling wines.
  • Eger: This region produces red wines.
  • Etyek: This region produces both white and sparkling wines.
  • Somlo: There is a volcanic mountain located north of Balaton where white wines with genetic properties are produced.
  • Sopron is known for its light red wines and sweet whites.
  • Tokaj: The birthplace of Royal wines is known for producing a sweet white wine called Tokaji Aszu.
  • Szekszard: This region is renowned for producing the country's most flavorful and aromatic red wines.
  • Villainy: Villainy specializes in red wines, while Skilos focuses on white wines.

We are at the end of our beautiful journey through the Hungarian vineyards!

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