Here’s a selection of ten great wines of recent vintage from around Balaton.
This winery on Szent György-hegy follows the Tuscan example with their Etruscan variety, the Sangiovese Grosso. The 2015 vintage is an especially conceived wine with fine acids, and a lot of cherry and spices.
Retail price: 7,472 HUF
Rózsakő, Olaszriesling and Kéknyelű varieties combine in this wine. The 2017 vintage was especially good for all three of these resulting in a herbal scent with citrus and apple, and hints of peach and citrus.
Retail price: 2,300 HUF
Kéknyelű is a variety that is most common around Badacsony and it’s most often paired with the Budai Zöld variety. The wines of the relatively young Csendes Dűlő cellar are trustworthy and quaffable. This one is elegant with a citrus character and mineral notes.
Retail price: 3,850 HUF
This winery’s Juhfark was fermented in a steel tank and aged barrels. It has a masculine character and the main element is its acidity. It’s a traditional example of the Somló wine region.
Retail price: 2,080 HUF
The Dobosi family was a pioneer in organic winemaking on Lake Balaton’s north shore. Their Juhfark, with its peachy scent, has been popular for years: it has a softer character and spicy flavours.
Retail price: 2,590 HUF
Folly Arboretum is a tranquil spot in Badacsonyörs with great views and amazing wines. The Budai Zöld variety is rarely used on its own; however, here they turn it into a lovely, fruity wine with hints of gooseberry, lime, peach and fresh herbs.
Retail price: 2,650 HUF
Although the Kreinbacher name is most often mentioned when talking about champagne, their wines are also noteworthy. This is more of a classic item. It's compact with scents of peach, apple, butter and cool mint, while the flavour is dominated by acidity and saltiness.
Retail price: 2,350 HUF
The Laposa family treats the Kéknyelű variety with special care as they believe this is the best grape to showcase the unique character of the Badacsony wine region. It has a scent of quince and pear, while its acidity gives the wine a lively character with hints of apple and lime.
Retail price: 3,350 HUF
The wines from this cellar are concentrated and often contain residual sugar due to the natural winemaking process. This Juhfark is a new item with tropical fruit in its scent and a deep flavour. It’s a very rich wine with a certain saltiness that is characteristic of the Somló region.
Retail price: 4,782 HUF
Rózsakő, a new Badacsony variety, is the result of the cross-breeding of Kéknyelű and Budai Zöld. This version is organic – it has a neutral character and a creamy, herbal flavour. It’s best when combined with the view from the winery’s terrace.
Retail price: 2,490 HUF