Hungary occupies an unusual position in being an historic Old World winemaking country which is virtually unknown to UK consumers.
Winemaking dates back to Roman times and it has been an important part of local gastronomy and contributor to the economy.
Despite the relatively small size of the country, there are 22 wine regions, including vineyards planted on volcanic sites such as Tokaj, Somló and Badacsony, and along the shore of Central Europe’s largest lake, Lake Balaton.
Tokaj-Hegyalja, the home to the world's first noble sweet wine - is probably the most known wine from Hungary beyond the country's borders. This area in 1730 became only the second officially recognised wine appellation (which involved strict regulations on the origin, production and quality of the wine).
Hungary produces high-quality wines both from ‘international’ grape varieties - such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir - and its many native varieties - including Furmint, Hárslevelű (both white), Kadarka and Kékfrankos (red).
Around 80% of Hungarian wine is sold within Hungary – but the UK is now seeing more and more premium quality Hungarian wines as UK importers are gradually coming to recognise the quality and variety of wines on offer.
The first event of London Wine Fest provides a great opportunity to get to know more about as well as taste a selection of Hungarian wines.
The following wine regions are planned be represented: