Report from the 22nd Budapest International Wine Festival – Part 2

I continue my report with the white wines. In the second part I introduce the white wines from the Winery of the Year 2013, also wines from the Tolna and Zala region.

IKON Borászat (IKON Winery)

IKON Winery is situated in Rádpuszta, near Balatonlelle on the south shore of Lake Balaton. The vineyards of Rádpuszta had belonged to the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany for centuries. After a long break, with the establishment of IKON Winery, the place began to keep its original glory. One of the founders of the winery is the well-known enologist János Konyári, whose expertise is guarantee of the high standards of the wines. Currently IKON Winery is comprises 39 hectares of the following grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir. White wines are made of the co-operation between the winery and local vine-growers. The winemaker at the winery is János Konyári who was voted for the Winemaker of the Year in 2008.

IKON Winery

Rajnai Rizling (Rhine Riesling) 2012

The wine dominant of floral notes (mainly acacia) on the nose while honey and floral notes are on the palate. It is a pale yellow colored wine which opens slowly and show its characters after a while. It’s a nice and pretty wine. The closure is screw cap.

Konyári Loliense whiteKonyári Loliense white 2012

This wine was made by János Konyári. The mixture of three grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling). It was fermented in stainless-steel tanks then had been matured in barrel with battonage technology for 6 months. It opens a bit slowly but probably because the wine was too cold at the time of tasting. Floral notes are dominant, mainly the typical notes of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Also floral notes are on the palate with a creamy effect. It makes the wine velvety and well-rounded.

 Fabro Pince (Fabro Winery)

I was curious what a wine region can offer which is not that popular and famous like other wine regions in Hungary. Fabro Pince (Fabro Winery) is based in the city of Paks which is located in the Wine Region of Tolna. Tolna wine region is located in the Middle South Hungary whoever the region is fragmented into 3 bigger areas. One of the three areas is located between the River Danube and Sió Channel and two others are located on the west side of the Sió Channel.

Tolna region

The winery offered 1 sparkling, 1 white, 1 rosé, 1 Siller and 4 red wine on the Wine Fair. The white wine was a Chardonnay 2012 vintage and the sparkling was made from Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice) also from 2012.

SÁR – DON – É Chardonnay 2012

Thanks for the uniqueness of the Tolna wine region this Chardonnay has more soil and mushroom notes on the nose rather what you would expect from a Chardonnay. Floral notes are stronger on the palate and it’s a well balanced wine with not too strong acids.

Érintés 2012 Sparkling wine, sweet

The name Érintés means touch in English. The wine got its name probably because of a velvety and light sparkling wine favourite of ladies. This sparkling wine was made from the Hungarian grape variety Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice). A sweet white sparkling wine with fruity and spicy notes on the nose and velvety, harmonious on the palate. Light and sweet like a feminine touch.

Fabro white

Bezerics Borház (Bezerics Winehouse)

Bezerics Borház is situated in the Zala wine region on the west shore of Lake Balaton.They cultivate vine over 30 hectares which 26 hectares is their own vineyards. Most of their wines are made from white grape varieties both Hungarian and International such as Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice), Furmint, Chardonnay and a very rare Hungarian grape variety calls Pátria which is a cross between Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) and Tramini.

Zala region

Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) 2012

Pale  yellow colour. Green vegetables are dominant on the nose but these notes are not that strong rather well-balanced. Mainly elderflower, acacia and flowers can be felt on the palate. A decent, easy-drinking wine.

Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice) 2012

A light easy drinking wine. Despite it’s a dry wine, the notes on the nose are similar to a sweet wine. Apricot, pineapple and a little botrytis can be smelled. Mainly floral notes are on the palate but we can feel that little sweetness in our mouth too.

Birtokbor 2011

Blended from three different grape varieties. Furmint, Hárslevelű (Linden Leaf) and Pátria. Straight from the first smell you can assume this is a serious wine. Light yellow colour, apricot and dried plum notes gives the first impression. You can discover different fruits on the palate and feel velvety wine with well-rounded acids. Serious white wine.

Bezerics Pátria

Bezerics Pátria label

Pátria 2011

This rare Hungarian grape variety is a cross between Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) and Piros Tramini (Red Traminer) was done by Károly Bakonyi in 1982. This wine is rich in aromas and flavours. Apricot, water lemon and apple are dominant on the nose while apricot, apple and grape on the palate. The wine shows its characters nicely. Well balanced and rich in acids.

Chardonnay Barrique 2011

The wine has been matured in barrique barrel for 2 months. Medium dark colour and dried fruits  describe this wine. Mostly flower notes on the palate with a hint of fruits in the back. Nice backbone and rounded acids with medium long finish give seriousness for this wine.

Late harvest Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice) 2011

Beautiful wine with lots of fresh and dried fruits, botrytis on the nose. Peach, apricot, plum mixing together while the botrytis makes this wine serious. Fresh and young but already won many gold medals. Nice acids and sweetness fill the mouth and gives a long finish for the wine.

Bezerics JegborJégbor (Ice Wine) 2011

Harvested in late December  early January this ice wine is full of dried apricot and pineapple on the nose and on the palate too. Nicely rounded wine with strong sweetness and long finish at the end.

Report of the white wines has finished. In the following parts red wines will be scrutinized.

Bezerics borsor

Report from the 22nd Budapest International Wine Festival – Part 1

After a 3 years absence due to my business commitments in the United Kingdom I have had a chance to visit the 22nd International Wine Festival in Budapest at the Buda Castle (Budai Vár) this September. I tasted many wines but let’s see the facts by numbers.

82 wines

13 wineries

9 regions

2 days

that’s all I tasted in 2 days. The event usually lasts for 5 days but I had only 2 days. As you can see from the numbers I was very busy and many of these wines were good or excellent. Here by I start my report with the white wines.

The first winery I would like to introduce is operates in the Somló region. Somló is the smallest wine region of Hungary with a total of 690 hectares cca. I had had an invitation from one of the winery in Somló for long time, so I started my 2 days explore with this winery.  The winery called Várkapitány Pincészet  (Pincészet means winery). It was founded in 2007. Wine production started on the north side of the hill at the foot of the ruins of Somló Castle with a few hectares. Now they cultivate vine on 16 hectares in total. Their vineyards can be found scattered around the Somló mountain, which makes the daily wine making more difficult, but has a positive impact on the quality of their wines. Várkapitány is the largest winery in the northern part of Somló Hill.

Várkapitány winery

Várkapitány winery

They produce white wine that’s because Somló is a white grape growing region.

Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) 2009

Their first wine I tasted. With it’s 13% alcohol you would think this is not a light easy drinking wine. And you are right. It’s a strong medium-bodied wine with a medium-dark yellow color. The wine had been matured in oak barrel for 13 months. The wine is full of floral notes and volcanic soil too. Because the wine region used to be a volcano these characters are typical in most wines produced here. Later you can discover a little bit of  animal notes in this wine which makes it extraordinary.

Juhfark (Sheep’s tail) 2008

The Juhfark (Sheep's tail) grape bunch.The Juhfark (Sheep’s tail in English) is the unique breed of Somló, which was named after the shape of grape bunch. Growing only in this region. This late harvest 2008 Juhfark had been matured in 3 and 5 thousand liter oak barrels for 12 month. Medium yellow color with notes of camembert cheese on the nose. Nice, delicate taste with cheesy notes on the palate. Unique wine with interesting characters. It’s worth to try so don’t miss the chance if it comes. This wine was one of the favorite on my tasting in October. The 13.5% alcohol indicates this is a serious wine.

                                         Tramini 2011

Varkapitany - Tramini

The characters of the region are evident in this wine. The soil, floral notes are mixed with a bit of camembert cheese on the nose. Floral and linden tree notes on the palate with a bit of oxidized notes. The wine has a light straw-yellow color thanks for its young age. Spent 10 month in barrel. It has 12.5% alcohol.

Furmint 2012

One of the main regions for this grape is Somló along with Tokaj. This Furmint is a light and bright wine. Full of floral notes, just like the meadow at spring different kind flowers circulating in our nose. Fresh on the palate despite the backbone which is mineral.

Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) 2012

Softer and lighter on the nose thanks to its young age but the character and acidity of the wine is stronger. Mostly grass, flower and lemon are on the nose and minerals with a hint of nut are on the palate. It’s a nice, well-rounded wine. A good example of this grape variety from this region.

Gál Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet (Gál Vineyard and Winery)

Wines from the Gál Winery

The Gál Vineyard and Winery is based in Szigetcsép just 25 km to South-East from Budapest. Their vineyard is part of the biggest wine region in Hungary the Kunság. It’s a family run winery. They own 95 hectares which is located in the hills of Szigetcsép, Szigetmárton and Szigetújfalu on the Csepel Island. 60 hectares of the vineyard were recently planted in the last few years. The most significant type of grapes are: Rajnai Rizling (Rhine Riesling), Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling), Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris), Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice), Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch) and Pinot Noir.  The family also owns 10 hectares in the Region of Balatonfelvidék.

Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) 2012

Fruity, fresh, easy drinking wine. Full of peach, pineapple and mango on the nose. Also on the palate with floral notes too. The acidity is light and well-balanced which makes this wine nice and soft. Good as an apéritif or with white meats, light salads. This is a beautiful wine. It won a silver medal at the VinAgora International Wine Challenge in 2013.

Gal Pince - Olasz Rizling

Rajnai Rizling (Rhine Riesling) 2012

The other type of Riesling. It was fermented in stainless-steel tanks. Interesting start in the nose. Sometimes fruity, sometimes flower notes are on the nose. But the fruits are more dominant. Especially grape and pear can be felt. Grape notes are dominant on the palate too.  The finish is medium and the wine is rounded with freshness and softness.

Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice) 2012

The unpronounceable grape variety which bears the name of its birth place (the Commune of Cserszeg). The wine doesn’t show its character and notes for the first time. Takes time until we can smell flowers and lime with a hint of spice. Mainly floral notes are on the palate with the main attribute spiciness what the reason this wine called Spice. The carbon dioxide in the after taste just finishes this delicious wine perfectly.

 Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris) 2011 (Balatonfelvidék region)

The 2 big boy! Pinot Gris on the left, Chardonnay on the right

The home of Pinot Gris! The north shore of Lake Balaton is ideal for the Pinot Gris grape so this wine. Floral notes are dominant on the nose and elderflower on the palate with a hint of vanilla thanks to the barrel ageing. The wine become velvety and soft in the mouth before we start to feel a bit of CO2 in the aftertaste. Well balanced, gorgeous wine.

Chardonnay 2011 (Balatonfelvidék region)

The flagship of the winery! Triple champion wine! Very pale yellow color. Coconut is predominant in this wine thanks to the 12 month barrel ageing. The coconut mixes together with a little anise on the nose while on the palate coconut and floral notes can be discovered. Long and beautiful finish describe this wine. This was my favourite among all the dry white wines I tasted during the 2 days.

Chardonnay label

Cserszegi Fűszeres Nektár (Cserszeg Spice Nectar) 2012

The semi-sweet version made from the Cserszeg Spice grape. The wine doesn’t want to show its characters and notes at first. It opens slowly but once the wine starts to release its aroma we can feel fruits (apricot, pineapple) on the nose and grape on the palate.  There is a little bit of nut in the after taste. Soft and nice wine well-balanced between dry and sweet.

Late harvest Rajnai Rizling (Riesling) 2009

Gold among golds. Medium dark, golden-yellow colored wine hides inside the black bottle. Beautifully sweet dried peach and plum play with each other on our nose with a bit of mango in the background. Mostly botrytis and apricot are dominant on the palate. Light acidity with a smooth, velvety texture indicates that this is a beautiful wine!

Gal Pince - Rajnai sweet


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Several new wine had arrived to our UK warehouse from the following 8 regions: Balatonfüred – Csopak region, Balatonlelle region, Eger region, Etyek-Buda region, Mátra region, Somló region, Szekszárd region, Villány region.

Zala borregio

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Entry to the Tokaj Competition

Das ist ein Unicum

“Das ist ein Unicum” or in English “This is an Unicum”. It was said by Emperor Joseph II when he received and drunk a small glass of it hence this is its name. Unicum was created by Dr. József Zwack the Royal Physician to the Habsburg Court in 1790.
Unicum is a Hungarian herbal bitters (herbal digestive liqueur), drunk as a digestive and apéritif.
Some of the herbs and spices are distilled, some are macerated, then blended together and aged in oak casks at the factory in Budapest for over 6 months. The dark amber hue is achieved with added caramel color. This bitter, bold taste herbal liqueur is mainly consumed as an aperitif before meals or a digestive after meals.

Unicum is a herbal digestif liqueur. The liqueur is today produced by Zwack according to a secret formula of more than forty herbs, and the drink is aged in oak casks. During the Socialist regime in Hungary, the Zwack family lived in exile in New York and Chicago, and during this time, Unicum in Hungary was produced using a different formula. Before moving to the US János Zwack had entrusted a family friend in Milan with the production of Unicum based on the original recipe. After the fall of communism, Péter Zwack returned to Hungary and resumed production of the original Unicum.

Unicum is regarded as one of the national drinks of Hungary.

Unicum was created by Dr. József Zwack, the Royal Physician to the Habsburg Court, for Emperor Joseph II in 1790. It was not until 1840 that his 20-year-old son, József Zwack founded J. Zwack & Co., the first Hungarian liqueur manufacturer. By the early 1900s, the Zwack company had become one of the leading distilleries in central Europe, producing over 200 liqueurs and spirits, exported all over the world.

In 1915, József’s son, Lajos, took over the factory and left it to his two sons, Béla and János, upon his death. During World War II, Budapest and the Zwack factory were completely destroyed. After the war, with the Communist regime, the factory was nationalized in 1948. The Zwack family fled the country. János Zwack with his son Péter, great grandson of József, was able to escape with the original Zwack recipe in his pocket. Bela Zwack remained behind to give the communist government a “fake” Zwack recipe and went on to become a regular factory worker.

Meanwhile, János and Péter migrated to the United States and after several months in Ellis Island’s refugee camp were granted US entry purely because they possessed the Zwack recipe. They later settled in the Bronx in 1949 when Péter was 22 years old. It was in the US that Péter learned all the ins and outs of the spirits industry.

The Unicum family

In 1988, just one year before the fall of Communism, Péter Zwack returned to Hungary and resumed production with the original Zwack formula. He repurchased his family business from the State in the summer of 1989, and by the spring of 1990, the original Zwack product was reintroduced to the Hungarian market. That same year, Péter was named Hungarian Ambassador to the United States.

The Zwack Company has since resumed its position as the leading distillery in eastern Europe. In 2008, Péter Zwack handed over the company’s leadership to the family’s 6th generation, his own children, Sándor and Izabella Zwack, to continue the family tradition. One of their first initiatives was to launch Zwack in the US, a landmark in the history of the company. In 2013, the Zwack Company has also launched Unicum and Unicum Plum in the US.

Unicum Plum

The production facility offers tours which include a tasting session of the three different varieties (Unicum, Unicum Next, and Millenicum). Though Millenicum was a special edition, it can still be found at a few retailers. It is somewhat stronger than the original, with a slightly sweeter aftertaste. Zwack Frissitők is a pineapple-based version of the drink. According to the manufacturer, the original Unicum is no longer distributed in the US, having been replaced by Unicum Next (a sweeter, thinner-bodied drink with a more prominent citrus flavour), re-branded as “Zwack”.
Alcohol 40,0% vol, Bottle size: 0,70 liter, Price: £22.99


Before the wine fair.

Stand is set for the fair.

Limited Edition Hungarian wine


  Limited Edition Wine 

Our latest pride is a limited edition Furmint. Every bottle is individually numbered!

We secured 60 bottles from the total of 575 was made. zsomBor is a semi-dry Furmint made in 2011. A little bit about the name: Zsombor is a Hungarian male name.

The Managing Director of Pannon Tokaj Winery has named the wine after his grandchild who owns the same name.Bor means wine in Hungarian language, that’s why the wordplay “zsomBor”

zsomBor has straw yellow color with a pronounced nose showing green apple, strong quince and apricot at the end. Raspberries, blackberries, greengage plums, apricots, melon, grapefruit, mango on the palate. Bright and elegant acids with a long full finish. Decay of roasted vanilla can be found thanks for the Hungarian oak barrels where the wine spent 3,5 months. Bottled in March 2012, giving 3 months time for the bottle bouquet.

Drink now or keep it for 5-6 years. We recommend to any kind of cheeses, salads, fish dishes, well seasoned white meats on 10°C. With a fine cigar – after meal – is a great fun.
Price: £11.99 – Bottle size: 0.75 liter – Alc.: 14.5% – Vintage: 2011 – Sweetness: semi-dry

The following numbers are available (at the time of the release of this newsletter):

21, 30, 35, 40, 45, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 99, 105, 107, 123, 155, 175, 177,

200, 205, 207, 234, 255, 257, 277, 300, 305, 307, 345, 355, 375, 377, 400, 405,

407, 455, 456, 475, 477, 500, 505, 507, 515, 525, 535, 545, 555, 557, 565.

The following numbers are already sold: 15, 18, 25, 50, 77, 100, 567, 575.  



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Summary of the latest news and events

Dear reader,

The latest and greatest news is that Hungarian Wine House has been awarded with the IWC Wine Specialist Merchant of the Year 2012 in Eastern Europe wine category!

The IWC (International Wine Challenge) hosts the largest wine contest in the world with over 9000 wines entered every year. They organize competition to wine merchants as well and my business the Hungarian Wine House entered into this competition first time and it won the category. This means that Hungarian Wine House has achieved it’s first major step in a long journey to make Hungarian wines as famous as they were many years ago.

To say thank you to your loyalty and to celebrate with us we offer 10% discount on all products until the 31st October. To take advantage of this offer use the AWARD10 voucher code at the checkout.

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Wine Fair

I represented my business at the London International Wine Fair along with the Pannon Tokaj winery on the Hungarian stand. We offered 14 different wines from the Pannon Tokaj portfolio from dry white to semi sweet to the sweetest Eszencia.  The interest and positive feedbacks from customers was huge during the 3 days. The Eszencia from 2005 was in the center of attention, but most of the people who attended our desk tried the all range.

Pannon Tokaj stand at LIWF 2012

There were dry Furmint, semi-sweet Muscat Lunel, late harvest sweet wine and 3,5,6 puttonyos Aszú. Also we presented the Aszúeszencia from 2005 which was made from 50% Furmint and 50% Muscat Lunel. Her sister the Muscat Lunel Aszúeszencia was made from 100% Muscat Lunel.  These are a very sweet wine specialsties with huge potential!

The Eszencia 2005 is a 100% natural wine made from the drops of Aszú berries. This may be one of the finest dessert wines ever made in the world. This is liquid gold, so pure, ethereal and totally sensational, explosive on the palate, freakishly complex, lusciously sweet, yet with superb laser like sharp citrus juices which keeps it vibrant and mesmerising throughout. The finish is endless. There is so much going on here, flavours of pineapple, citrus, lichee, orange blossom, strawberries and cream, dried apricot. For me it’s an almost perfect wine already, in truth, it’s the finest I have ever tasted of its type. Consider this, honey contains 400 grams of sugar per litre, this contains a staggering 614 grams per litre! It is only 1.5% Alcohol….it is totally extravagant, extraordinarily finessed, despite the massive residual sugars, this is superbly balanced by thrilling acids. A really excellent and outstanding wine! It will be available at Hungarian Wine House from 2013.

Wine of the month is back!

When I started my business in 2008 I decided to highlight a wine in each month helping for wines to gain more attention and customers to get to know more about Hungarian wines. Each month I pick a wine and sell on discounted price in the whole month.

Since August 2012 I have been offering the Wine of the Month again. I select a wine which I think the best to consume in that month and offer on a sale price. The actual Wine of the Month offer and more information about that wine can be found at the Special Offers section with the tag WINE OF THE MONTH.

In August the wine of the month was the Egri Leányka from Hagymási Winery. This popular variety, Leányka (Eger’s Maiden) is many people’s favourite white wines. The wine in September was Taschner Korai Piros Veltelini. A dry white wine with honey, flowers and melon notes. This wine comes from the Sopron region but abroad mostly in Croatia and northern Italy, near Venice grown as Malvasier.

Bálint Takács

A great tasting with prestigious companies

What a tasting it was for Hungarian Wine House, with prestigious French companies under one roof!

Clementine Communications the PR and marketing partner of Hungarian Wine House has organized a showcase to it’s clients.

With all the excitement ready to burst the evening before, Hungarian Wine House took part of Clementine’s first ever showcase open day on the 15th March 2012 at the prestigious Sanctum Soho Hotel. This was a very successful event and the weather was most beautiful for a roof top terrace! We had a great string of companies, including Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Les Vignobles Foncalieu, CA Grands Crus, Chene Bleu, Chateau Rouge, La Maison du Chocolat and certainly Hungarian Wine House.

The wine list

This was a very diverse, luxury and unusual tasting which made it very successful. There was a great ambience thought out the day, along with the funky, exclusive venue and the Clementine Team’s savoire-faire this turned out to be the most exclusive PR showcase in London. There were delectable canapés, beautiful wines, champagnes, chocolates and teas, magnificent sunshine and of course the added bonus to relax in the hot tub, what more could you have asked for?!

The idea was that it was much more convenient for journalists, buyers and sommeliers to come to one tasting and see a number of producers, rather than lots of small ones.  Many big magazines and newspapers including the editor of The Spirits Business, Imbibe, the drinks Writer for GQ, Sublime Magazine, the lifestyle feature writer for Marie Claire were represented … amongst others!

Wine and Tea owner

Hungarian Wine House presented 10 wines from 2 wine regions. The region of Tokaj-Hegyalja and the region of Eger.

The following wines were available on the day (in order of tasting)

1. Pannon Tokaj Muscat Lunel 2011 dry

2. Pannon Tokaj DOMINIUM Furmint 2011 dry

3. Pannon Tokaj Muscat Lunel 2009 semi dry

4. Hagymási Winery Kadarka 2009

5. Hagymási Winery Pinot Noir 2008

6. Hagymási Winery Egri Bikavér 2007 (Bull’s Blood)

7. Hagymási Winery Föld és lélek 2007 (Earth & Soul)

8. Hagymási Winery Egri Bormester 2003

9. Pannon Tokaj DOMINIUM Cuvée late harvest 2006

10. Pannon Tokaj DOMINIUM Aszú 6 puttonyos 2004

The guests had tasted all the 10 wines. You can vote below which one are you most interested. To find out more information click on the name of the wine above! Thank you

Everybody had their own favourite hungarian wine but the most popular were the Pannon Tokaj dry Muscat Lunel 2011, Hagymási Winery Pinot Noir 2008, Hagymási Winery Egri Bormester 2003 and of course the 6 puttonyos Dominium Aszú 2004 from Pannon Tokaj. The wines have received lot’s of positive feedback and attention. Pannon Tokaj DOMINIUM Aszú 6 puttonyos 2004 (picture left) has received the most acknowledgement from journalist who recommended the wine to readers in newspapers and magazines nationwide .

Written by Bálint Takács & Chloe Crowther