The last masterclass of the day was related to Csopak, which is part of the Balatonfüred-Csopak wine district. This part of the wine district consists of the villages of Csopak, Paloznak, Lovas, Alsóörs and Felsőörs. In the past, the main grape varieties to be found around the Balaton were Szigeti (a.k.a. Furmint) and Kadarka. Sixty percent … Continue reading Csopaki Kódex
On 16 November, Junibor members presented their new wines to guests at the DiVino Gozsdu wine bar in Budapest. Junibor, the Hungarian Association of Young Winemakers, was formed in 2008 to bring together young winemakers and create a community helping to provide professional development for the next generation of winemakers. Junibor members have to be talented young … Continue reading Junibor members present their new wines
Olaszrizling is Hungary’s most widely planted white variety. Its name often leads to confusion as it can be translated as Italian Riesling. However, the variety is not Italian nor is it related to Riesling as far as we know. Indeed sometimes Hungarians simply refer to it as Rizling, which admittedly I find rather confusing. Riesling … Continue reading A new name for the Riesling pretender?
Since the fall of Communism twenty-five years ago, Hungary has been trying to rebuild its wine industry once again and restore the image of quality wine which many of the regions in the country had once been known for. During the cold war period, Hungary was pushed to churn out gallons of low-quality wine to … Continue reading Quo Vadis Kadarka?
Next we moved into Hungary, more specifically to the Balaton, where Olaszrizling has been widely planted since the beginning of the twentieth century in most of the wine districts lying around the lake and forming the Balaton wine region: Badacsony, Balatonboglár, Balaton felvidék, Balatonfüred-Csopak, Nagy Somló and Zala. The Balaton offers a variety of terroirs, including … Continue reading Olaszrizling around the Balaton
Well, we have a Furmint February, so why not an Olaszrizling October? Maybe next year there will also be Juhfark January. I have to admit, I’ve always found it rather hard to get enthused about Olaszrizling, which is in fact the most widely planted white grape variety in Hungary. I generally associate it with being … Continue reading Olaszrizling October