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A summary of the Wines of Hungary UK June trip including winery profiles visited in June 2018 Hungary has one of the oldest viticulture traditions in Europe. Although it is widely considered that most grape vines were introduced into the fertile lands that lay along both

by Caroline Gilby Sisters Petra and Kata Zsirai inherited this winery from their father Csaba Zsirai in 2011. He was driven by his passion for preserving Hungarian traditions and bought his first vineyards in 2005, as a break from his office job. The sisters now run

by Elizabeth Gabay MW One of the results of war and Communism in Hungary, has been the break in continuity in long established family domaines. The big names we see today have only been around for 30 years or less. Karoly Barta has approached setting up his

by Elizabeth Gabay MW

The Hungarian variety Furmint is probably best known as being the one of the major varieties in the lusciously sweet wines of Tokaj, along with the more floral Harslevelu and the aromatic Golden Muscat. The variety provides the hallmark acidity and lean minerality which gives balance to the great botritised wines.
More recently, dry Furmint has been produced, to balance sales and vagaries of climate. At first these wines were viewed with horror, the variety being regarded as too neutral and acid for anything other than sweet wines. Early Tokaj champions Istvan Szepsy and Zoltan Demeter showed that the variety had potential; not just that it could make a dry wine, but that the variety could be regarded as an international classic alongside Riesling and Chenin Blanc. The wide range of dry Furmint styles is showing just what this variety is capable of achieving.