Author: Wine Hungary

Hungary Goes Prowein!

From 18th to 20th March 33 Hungarian wineries, exclusive masterclasses, a walk-in tasting zone, and a charming Botrytis Bar will lead you through Hungary’s buzzing wine scene. Seminars and masterclasses guided by Markus del Monego MW, John Szabó MS and Ronn Wiegand MW, MS will showcase the most recent topics. Join Hungary at the Botrytis Bar to experience the Tokaji Aszú or get to know our unique varieties and terroirs through the Hungarian reds and whites! Find us at Wines of Hungary stand (Hall15 / G03) or ProWein Forum (Hall 10 and 13) or visit the Facebook event and...

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Ostoros – New Kids on the Block of Eger

by Peter McCombie MW Bull’s Blood aka Egri Bikaver is a name that for some might trigger memories of cheap student drinking. These days Eger in northern Hungary has more to offer the inquisitive drinker. Its cool climate and diverse soils produce aromatic red and white wines with freshness and drinkability. Family-owned Ostoros is the largest producer in the area. Owner Soltész Gergő says that’s a winning combination, allowing them to produce a wide selection of outstanding price-quality ration wines. Egri Csillag is a new style of white blend, that must contain local ‘Carpathian Basin’ grapes, usually partnered with...

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Putting Eger back on the map…

by Elizabeth Gabay MW Egri Bikavér, known to many as Bull’s Blood, is the traditional red wine of the north Hungarian appellation of Hungary. Located between Budapest and Tokaj, the town of Eger is the site of the 16th century battle between the Hungarians and the Ottomans. The Hungarian victory is attributed, in legend, to their drinking red wine which the Turks thought was ‘bull’s blood’. During Communist times, all wines were made more with an eye on quantity than quality, and Egri Bikavér was no exception. The big difference was the success of the marketing campaign for the...

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The Amarone Style of Villany?

by Peter McCombie MW József Bock is a solidly built, jovial man who was one of the pioneers of the resurgence of Villányi wines. The Bock range of wines includes a number of authentic expressions of Hungarian varietals like Hárslevelű, Kadarka and Kekfrankos and a savoury single vineyard Syrah, but the real excitement comes at the top end of the range. Here are ultra premium wines made from the Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, both as varietals and blends. Bock places special emphasis on vineyard site. The top wines tend to be picked late, sometimes into...

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London Michelin Stars and Hungarian Wine

by Elizabeth Gabay MW and Lilla O’Connor Now that more and more Hungarian wines are available in importer’s books, we have been working with London’s top restaurants training sommeliers to learn more about Hungarian wine. Last month, the Wines of Hungary team visited the Michelin starred restaurants Ellory in Hackney, and Le Gavroche in Mayfair as well as the dedicated wine-club 67 Pall Mall. We wanted to investigate different London dining experiences. A stylish and elegant French restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded three Michelin stars. A...

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