"Hungarian wine is poetry, friendship, value, freedom, passion, it is life itself. “ Yes, indeed.
Hungary is one of Europe’s legendary wine destinations, a renowned wine country. Winemaking has a long tradition here. This little, Central-European country has indigenous grapes varieties and has produced wine since Roman times. The country’s climate and soil are favorable for growing quality grapes. Hungary is home to picturesque wine regions, rolling hills, famous wineries, award-winning premium wines and nostalgic, impressive cellars. The country’s signature wines, such as the dessert wine Tokaji or Bull's Blood of Eger are getting more and more recognition worldwide. Wonderful wine routes welcome wine lovers nationwide.
Hungary has 22 wine regions and produces the entire range of classic wines including reds, whites, roses and sweet wines. The best known is the Tokaj region. With well-drained soil and warm days this scenic region is a perfect spot for growing wine grapes. The village of Tokaj in the northeast of Hungary is world famous for its natural sweet wine. Thanks to the local, ambitious winemakers and wine professionals “the wine of kings, the king of wines” is definitely a tourist draw. Tourists don’t want to miss visiting and take a tasting in some of the celebrated wineries, such as the impressive Rakoczi Cellars.
Villány, a small wine district is located in the south part of the country where most of the vineyards are to be found on the beautifully situated slopes of the Villány Hills. The village is home to the well-known, silky, and fruity red wine, the Portugieser. This local specialty is a light and lovely wine for everyday drinking. The expertise of local people made the red wine of Villány worthily famous nationwide. The small wineries, the colorful cellars are located along the main wine route, quite close to each other. Most wineries are open for visitors and offer wine tasting.
The wine region of Badacsony is located on the Northern shores of Lake Balaton, which is Central Europe’s largest lake. The hills are covered with lava-columns and remarkable wine-cellars. The local wines here have a rich taste, and tend to be full bodied, especially the white ones. Szürkebarát is one of the best known varieties cultivated in this stunning wine region.
Taste Hungarian wines! They are available for purchase in the United State as well. For wine lovers, it is highly recommended to check out this site: Blue Danube Wine Company. “Working closely with selected high quality family-run wineries, Blue Danube aims to bring these treasures from the heart of Europe to American wine lovers.”
Otto’s Hungarian Import Store & Deli in Los Angeles, CA also features and sells fine Hungarian products and wines.