Hungarian wines aren’t just about Tokaji
There are over 20 wine regions in Hungary. During my visit of Budapest I got recommended the Southern area Villányi near the border with Serbia.
Villányi has high potential with its red wines high in tannins often with oak aroma as they age in the oak barrels.
One of the top producers there is Ede Tiffan, whose son Zsolt is a co-owner of a wine bar Andante next to the spectacular chain bridge in Budapest. Andante proudly offers the widest selection of wines by the glass in the town. Their prices are more than friendly and you can savour some organic snacks and cheese.
Moreover, Ede Tiffan was the first winner of the vineyard of the year in 1990 in Hungary. His Régimondi Cuvée had a rich and full bodied taste.
Tiffan establishes concurrence for the other big producer István Szépsy, who is the king of the Tokaj region. His success proves that great Hungarian wines aren’t just in Tokaj.
From Villányi I have tasted the red Pinot Noir 2007 with lovely tannins quite surprising in Hungarian wines. It is aged in the oak barrels therefore you will find in it some wooden reminiscences.
The producers from Villányi are proud of their cuvées (blends). I have relished the Bordeux blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) in Gere Kopar Cuvée 2006. Its wooden tones smoothening with age seal the high quality.
If you go for this cuvée then go for 2003 as according to the wine waiter Mihaly Vajda this one was just spectacular. You can order it by e-mail or call to the Présház wine store.
Présház wine store:
Tel:+36 1 266 1100