by Caroline Gilby MW

Central Europe’s most important red grape grows under many guises. Kékfrankos, Blaufränkisch, Frankovka, Franconia, Lemberger, Modra Frankinja, Burgund Mare to name a few. Many of its names include the word “blue” in translation (Blau, Kék and Modra) for its blue-toned skins, while the story goes that back in the Middle Ages better grape varieties were called “Frankisch” to show their superiority over the less well-regarded “Heunisch” varieties, nothing to do with any French connection.

by Caroline Gilby MW Hungarians love their wine, each drinking around 30 litres every year. Apart from Tokaj, Hungarians are most proud of their reds, even though around two-thirds of the country’s vineyards are planted with white varieties. At one time though Hungary exported at least 80% of