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Hungarian Wine Regions: Badacsony And Its Refreshing Whites

Tamás Székely 2015.09.24.

Hungary’s Badacsony wine region is located in central Transdanubia, on the Northern shores of Lake Balaton, around mount Badacsony. The region was named after the hill, which “witnesses” the reunion of man and nature through over two thousand years of wine culture. The following villages belong to the wine region: Ábrahámhegy, Badacsonytomaj, Badacsonytördemic, Balatonrendes, Balatonszepezd, Gyulakeszi, Hegymagas, Káptalantóti, Kisapáti, Kővágóörs, Nemesgulács, Raposka, Révfülöp, Salföld, Szigliget, Tapolca. The wines from the Badacsony region own a special character, they tend to be full bodied, and have a rich taste as traditional, oak barrel based wine production still dominates in the region.

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The vineyards on the side of the Badacsony, which dips into the Balaton like a peninsula, ripen their grape bunches in the sub- Mediterranean type of microclimate tempered with relatively high air humidity. The soil is a mixture of clay, loess, and sand on top of basalt. Due to the proximity of Lake Balaton the Southern slopes receive the sun light reflected from the lake’s surface. The tempering effect of the water mass of the Lake Balaton, the retentive heat in the basalt cap of the mountain, the reflection of the sunrays from the water surface onto the mountainside and the most intensive sun radiation in the country, guarantee an unequalled high must degree, even in the most unfavourable years, and the full-bodied character, taste and bouquet of the wines.

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Few people know the health-preserving effect that the wine from grapes grown on the side on the Badacsony have, and within that the Kéknyelű due to an outstandingly high potassium content or the Badacsony Italian Riesling due to a high magnesium content, their growers could even be entitled to call them medicinal wines. In the thousand-year history of Badacsony viticulture the Kéknyelű has claimed the highest rank. The Kéknyelű is the most commonly known type of the Badacsony, its name has become one with the name of the region, its fame is also well known outside of Hungary. Suiting special tastes this character wine can justly be considered to be the “flagbearing” wine of the Badacsony.

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Whilst it is grown world-over the Szürkebarát can also be considered a landscape variety due to its unique quality when produced here. For this reason the Badacsony Szürkebarát is not just one of the long line of “Pinot Gris” wines but is a unique wine speciality, which bears the unique local characteristics within it. The excellent characteristics of the Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling) can perhaps be best enhanced in the microclimate of Badacsony. The saying about it goes “it is like a good wife, it does not shine, does not glisten, but is good to live with”. This variety has in fact contradicted the saying, because here it does “shine and glisten” . This is verified by the successes achieved at wine contests with extraordinary quality late harvested fortified wine and ice-wine entries made from Olaszrizling.

source: badacsony.com and wikipedia


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