Wines from Hungary’s inland sea

Europe’s largest lake, Lake Balaton, is home to some of Hungary’s most interesting wines and terroirs. Anton Moiseenko pays a visit.

Photo by Bence Balla-Schottner on Unsplash
Photo by Bence Balla-Schottner on Unsplash

When it comes to soil, the wine region located around the biggest lake in Europe is a mix of two worlds — volcanic and sedimentary marine soils. The grapes that grow here are predominantly white and the regional styles largely a work in progress: winemakers around Lake Balaton are seeking to find their identity on the world wine map.  

Lake Balaton is a one-and-a-half hour drive from Budapest. The region, which a few million years ago was covered by a great Pannonian Sea, now boasts a shallow water area that stretches over 70km, which reflects light into the nearby rows of vines. Balaton is a traditional destination for Hungarians looking for a summer escape — a period that can be short, but hot.

Appeared in

For full access...

Please log in or register now»               No subscription?  Try out our free 14 day trial»

Latest Articles