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Hungarian wines have a rich history and legacy. In the earlier days, there wasn’t one royal court in Europe that didn’t host Hungary’s most special gold wine, Tokaji, and the premium reds and whites of this country. Political turmoil had created a setback in the winemaking legacy of Hungary for a brief while. However, the country recouped itself wonderfully to come up as one of the best wine-producing nations today.

Wine-growing regions

Though there are over 22 wine-growing regions in Hungary, most of the country’s wines come from four prime regions. They are Eger, Tokaj, Villany and Somlo. Here is a look at each of these areas in detail.

Eger - Located towards the northern part of the capital city of Budapest, Eger is known for its rolling terroirs and the recent discovery of the special 30 million-year-old wine grape fossil. You will find the native red blend of Bikaver and the white blend of Egri Csillag here.

Tokaj - This is the place that is famous for its Tokaji sweet wines and Furmint, the dry white wines. The soils here are known for their high clay content. This area is the oldest recognised wine region in the world. It is not without reason that this area has been marked as a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

Villany - Located near the area where Hungary shares its borders with Croatia, Villany boasts of a climate that is ideal for making high-quality wines. The famous indigenous wines grown here are Portugesier and Kekfrankos. However, you can also notice cultivations of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc here.

Somlo – Nagy Somlo, the smallest wine region in Hungary, is located in a remote volcanic area, about 90 miles from the capital city of Budapest. Due to the high volcanic content of the soil, the grapes produced here are fiery and smoky.

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