The Sopron wine area borders Austria and is greatly influenced by that country. Sopron’s main tour de force is its Kekfrankos red wine. This is masculine and powerful Hungarian wine that is high in tannin, full-bodied, and acidic with discernible bouquet of morello cherry, bilberry, and peppers (paprika). Drinking temperature for this Hungarian wine is 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).

Ignore the area’s cheaper wines and choose instead the better Hungarian wines from companies like Vinex (Soproni Cabernet Sauvignon), Hungarovin (Soproni Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Kavar’), Gangl (Soproni Cabernet Sauvignon), Interconsult (Soproni Sauvignon Blanc ‘Kamocsay Borok’ - among the top two Hungarian Sauvignon Blancs - or Weninger (the famous Austrian wine house that works with Attila Gere in Villany-Siklos. The Soproni Kekfrankos is a ‘must have’.


Somló Hungarian Wine

This tiny Hungarian wine area between Sopron and Lake Balaton surrounds the town of this name. Very alcoholic and oxidised white wines are made here on underlying clay, basalt, and sandstone that are very acidic and high in minerals. The principal grapes are Juhfark, Furmint, Olaszrizling, and Hárslevelü. Somloi Jurfark is certainly not a westem-style wine but many Hungarians, including professional tasters, continue to find this wine superb. This is inexplicable for many because even the best Somló Hungarian wines act like a rasp on the tongue. The bouquet has notes of hot butter, nuts including chestnuts, or even of beans that succeed in slightly diminishing this effect.


Pannonhalma-Sokoróaja Hungarian Wine

This is one of the smaller wine areas of Hungary to the south of Gyor. The soil consists mainly of loess and ancient forest humus. Several very acceptable full-bodied and sturdy white wines with a rich taste are made here from grapes such as Tramini and Olaszrizling. Drinking temperature for this Hungarian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).


Aszár-Nesmély Hungarian Wine

These are two small Hungarian wine areas to the north-west of Budapest where mainly white wines are made from Olaszrizling (Riesling Aromático, Italian Riesling, Welsch Riesling), Rajnai Riesling (Rhine Riesling), Rizlilngszilváni (Müller-Thurgau), and Leányka (Mädschentraube). Each of these Hungarian wines is very fresh, intensely fruity, and exceptionally pleasing. Drinking temperature for this Hungarian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).


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Mór Hungarian Wine

This is an elongated area to the north of the town of this name where Ezerjo grapes produce white Hungarian wine that is fairly acidic that has a remote resemblance with Gros Plant du Pays Nantais. The wines from this area have strong grapefruit bouquets. Drinking temperature for this Hungarian wine is 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).

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