Author: Wine Hungary

Boutinot’s Hungarian Discovery

After a fairly extensive mooch around Central and Eastern Europe we’re delighted to be launching our first Hungarian agencies this month. The knowledgeable and ever helpful team at Wines of Hungary introduced us to Nimrod Kovacs, whose winery is located in Eger in the north of the country. Eger experiences a climate similar to Burgundy and Nimrod specialises in varieties which enjoy these cooler conditions. We were immediately struck by the purity and freshness of his Kekfrankos and it’s clear the region has great potential for Pinot Noir. The second producer we have found is the Kardos winery in...

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A Lidl Adventure in Hungary

The current wine cellar collection in UK Lidl stores features 15 Hungarian wines ranging from familiar grapes like Pinot Noir to obscure local varieties like Zenit and of course including Tokaji in multiple guises including sparkling, dry and sweet late-harvest wines. Customers have responded well: this is Lidl’s most successful cellar to date with Dereszla’s Dry Furmint selling particularly well. This suggests to me that consumers are much more open to Hungarian wines than the trade likes to think (still often classing former Eastern Europe countries in the “too difficult” category). This is the third cellar collection to include...

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Copestick Murray and Tesco Launch Talisman Bikaver

An established and successful distributor of Eastern European wines, Copestick Murray has long been extolling the virtues of these beautiful and interesting varietals. Using its expertise in brand building and its knowledge and understanding of Eastern European wines, Copestick Murray has developed a new and exciting range under the new Talisman brand to reinvigorate the sector. The new Talisman range promises a contemporary and exciting approach to generate more mainstream interest and demand. The UK’s largest wine retailer, Tesco, will be launching Talisman Bikaver nationally from 19th June. Over the last 18 months, Tesco has continued to develop its...

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#WineTourHungary #DrinkHungary During the last few days of May, after a busy London Wine Fair a small team of Experts from the UK set out on a journey to study Hungarian wine. With the help of seven Hungarian wineries and the Hungarian Tourism Agency, Wines of Hungary arranged to take Oz Clarke, Anthony Rose, Caroline Gilby MW, Sebastian Payne MW, Peter McCombie MW and a prestigious team of UK experts and buyers – including a team from the Ritz and Wanderlust wines – to see three regions. We began our journey with a few challenges; remember the British Airways...

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Summer in Hungary

 St Andrea and Gere Attila by Elizabeth Gabay MW While on the surface a post about summer rosés and white wines from Hungary appears to be very straightforward, the two estates I am writing about illustrate not just the potential to be found in Hungary, but also the country’s dynamism and the current atmosphere for experimentation and pushing the boundaries. Rosé is very popular in Hungary, generally darker in colour than a Provence style, with more vibrant fruit and acidity. It can be made from any variety, although Kékfrankos is proving to be a particularly successful variety for rosé....

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