Only three European languages have words for wine that are not derived from Latin. Hungarian is one of them. We call it BOR.
This means that the ancient Magyars already had contact with grapes and wine over a thousand years ago. Wine was introduced to Hungary by the Romans, and the country was known for its excellent wines.
The climate and the soil are perfect for wine making in Hungary and this small country embraces 22 wine regions, each with a different microclimate producing different tastes and styles. These 22 wine regions in Hungary, that have different characteristics regarding their size, location and produced wine types.
Today Hungarian wines winning prizes in international competitions. Some Hungarian wine types are world famous, Tokai is usually the fist type, that pops up in most heads first, but Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood) is also a well known type abroad, and there are famous vineyards winning awards on different international competitions. But there are plenty of other wine types to discover. Have you ever heard about Juhfark (sheep's tail), Szürkebarát (grey monk), Csóka (jackdaw), Királyleányka (king's daughter) etc.
The most important wine regions are is Tokaj- as sad befor-, Eger, Villány and Szekszárd.
Tokaj, in northeast Hungary, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains is best known for its sweet Tokaji Aszú wines, as well as the Furmint, Hárslevelű and Muscat grapes. if you want a good Tokaji wine to tasting, we offer from our range the Sauska; the Béres; or the Pajzos-Megyer Chateau winery.
Eger, in the north of the country produces elegant reds, in particular the Bikavér blends. If you wish to try the best of the Bull's Blood variety, look for the Bikavér Superior label, established by recent wine laws. Due to the latitude, wines from the Eger region do not have the body of reds from the south, but they are elegant and complex in a way that allows for a comparison to Burgundy. What better opportunity to taste it than at the yearly Egri Bikavér Festival (traditionally held in July) where a huge number of local wineries offer their take on the Bull's Blood, accompanied by some hearty bites and folksy tunes. In our wine selection you can find some highly recognized wine from the Demeter winery.
If Eger is the Burgundy of Hungary, then Villány is its 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 of key importance here, and Cabernet Franc has made a particular name for itself. Portugieser is also central, the second most widely planted grape in the region after Cabernet Sauvignon. Select our favorite winerys from Villány, like Bock; or Vylyan to get a real taste of Villány-wine.
Head north and you'll find Szekszárd, fighting its southern rival hard for the crown of the producer of the best reds. In October every year a Red Wine Festival takes place in Villány, bringing out all the delicious reds the region has to offer with concerts providing for the acoustic backdrop. Try from Takler or Bodri winery, and you'll select favorite pincészeteinkből to get a real taste of wine.
And at last THE "FRÖCCS"
Hungarians often enjoy their wine with a mix of soda-water. Depending on the quantity of soda added, there are numerous variations of this drink called "fröccs". Nagyfröccs - 2 dl wine, 1 dl soda,
Hosszú lépés (long step) - 1 dl wine, 2 dl soda,
Kisfröccs - 1-1 dl wine and soda,
Házmester (landlord) - 3 dl wine, 2 dl soda,
Viceházmester (vice landlord) - 2 dl wine, 3 dl soda
Lakófröccs (tenant) - 1 dl wine and 4 dl soda,
Polgármester (mayor) -6 dl wine, 4 dl soda,
Maflás (slap) - 5 dl wine, 5dl soda