The best Hungarian wines

Which wine is the best?

The one YOU like the most. Normally it is different from person to person.

However, we tried to get closer to this unanswerable question. We held a wine tasting in November where we opened 12 different bottles. Each participant ranked the colour, the scent and the taste. All tasting notes were collected at the end and then the numbers were summarised. Here are the top 5.

If you are curious about wines made of Hungarian grapes, go for the Tokaji Dry or the Tokaji Aszú. If you prefer red wines, the Ermitage can be a good choice, which is a blend of 6 different grapes of which 2 are Hungarian species. In case you like the international varietals you cannot go wrong with the Cabernet Sauvignon, which I would compare to the Cabernet Franc. Alternatively, choose the Kopar, which is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This will wow you and probably become your favourite red wine.

What was the biggest surprise?

There was a wine which split the wine tasters completely. They ranked it either very low or very high. This was the Nyakas Budai Irsai Olivér 2014.

It is worth trying it because Irsai Olivér is also a Hungarian grape.

I also invited M.B., who had studied about different wines, grapes and soil types. He made a detailed review of the wine tasting and selected his favourites in Quaffer's guide.