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Wine connoisseurs are familiar with Hungary's most famous wines - the sweet white Tokaji Aszú and strong red Bull's Blood (Egri Bikavér). Hungary boasts 20 wine-producing districts which make a wide range of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay, sparkling, rosé and other unique Hungarian varieties. Favorable natural conditions make our country a prime location for the production of smaller quantities of premium wines.

Tokaj wine region / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeHungarian wine / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeTokaj wine / © Hungarian National Tourist Office
Vineyards at Lake Balaton / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeDisznókő Winery in Tokaj region / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeTokaj wine / © Hungarian National Tourist Office
Grapes / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeTokaj wine / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeTokaji Aszú wine / © Hungarian National Tourist Office

You can visit vineyards and wineries in almost all regions of the country. The most beautiful landscapes are to be found where the best wines are produced. Visit the Somló wine region, guarded by a dead volcano and the ruins of a castle. The vineyards of the Eger and Mátraalja regions stretch along the romantic foothills of the Mátra and Bükk Mountains. The Eger red wines, such as the renowned Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood), are characterized by attractive colours and pleasant tannin content. During the several years of aging in large wooden casks in the cellars, these wines become full-bodied wines rich in aroma.

Tokaj vineyards rise from a landscape where the Bodrog and Tisza rivers meet. Since the middle of the 16th century, thanks to the Aszú wines, Tokaj-Hegyalja has been famous the world over for the quality of its wines. "Winum regnum rex vinorum" – "The wine of kings, the king of wines" – exclaimed Louis XIV when first tasting Tokay Aszú, which became a popular wine upon royal, papal and aristocratic tables through the centuries.

At any time of the year you can wander from wine cellar to vineyard, tasting different vintages and learning about the production of Tokaji. Only four white grape varieties are permitted: Furmint, Hárslevelû (original Hungarian varieties) Muscat Lunel and Oremus, from which seven wine types are produced: Aszú, Szamorodni (dry or sweet), "Fordítás", Aszúesszencia, Natúresszencia (Nectar) and sparkling wine. In October you can help in the actual making of the wine – a very enjoyable excursion.

 

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